How to Get Pen Out of Khaki

Always pay attention to whether or not your pens are capped before putting them into your pant's pocket.

Cap pens when not in use.Cap pens when not in use.
This will help prevent marks on khaki pants. Also, always check your pockets for pens before putting pants into a washing machine. Leaving pens in the machine can cause them to mark up your pants and clothes. Remove ink marks as soon as possible to make sure they don't set into the fabric.

Soak a clean cloth in rubbing alcohol.

Dab the ink stain with the rubbing alcohol until you remove the stain or lighten it as much as possible. Work from the edges of the stain as possible and don't rub it as it could spread the mark or work it further into the khaki material.

Rub the stain with liquid laundry detergent until the stain and fabric around it is completely coated. Let it sit overnight.

Rinse the khakis in the morning.

Dab fingernail polish remover onto the stain if it is still visible. Work until the stain is gone.

Launder the khakis as normal.

Things You Will Need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cloth
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Fingernail polish remover

About the Author

Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.