How to Remove Pen Marks from Clothes
Whether a new ballpoint pen leaked in the front pocket of your dress shirt, or a fancy ink pen exploded under the pressure changes on an airplane, splattering your slacks, pen marks can appear sloppy and unsightly. As long as your pen wasn't filled with permanent ink and the stained garment isn't silk or leather, pen marks can typically be removed with a few simple household ingredients.
- Place your stained garment on a flat surface. Slip a piece of clean cloth, such as a discarded handkerchief, an unmatched sock, or a sewing scrap, under the stained area.
- Apply glycerin to the stain with a cotton swab. (You can substitute hairspray for glycerin.) Rub the glycerin into the fabric gently, covering the stained area. Mix a few drops of gentle laundry detergent with a small amount of water in a bowl. Daub the solution onto the stain with a fresh cotton swab. Continue to swab on the solution until a small lather builds.
- Set your washing machine on a cold cycle. Add an enzyme-based laundry soap and launder the treated garment. Check the garment after the wash cycle to make sure the stain has been successfully removed. Repeat the process if the stain is still evident.