How to Dissolve Ink

Unlike other types of stains, ink marks unfortunately cannot be removed with water and detergent--these can even cause the ink to spread. The best way to remove an ink stain is to dissolve it. Rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide can dissolve many types of inks from most surfaces including paper, fabrics, wood, carpets, tiles and counter tops. While these will successfully dissolve most of the ink, occasionally some of the stain will remain and may become permanent.

Ink stains can usually be dissolved with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
  1. Dip a cotton swab or the edge of a cloth in either rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.

  2. Rub the cotton swab or cloth into the ink spot or stain. Allow the rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to sit on the ink for 5 minutes.

  3. Wet a clean cloth with cool water. Wipe the ink stain or spot. Repeat the process until the ink fully dissolves.

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Kallie Johnson began her writing career in 2009, contributing to various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She enjoys writing home and garden topics and considers herself an expert on do-it-yourself home improvement topics.