We often store our favourite clothes at the back of our closets in hopes of never wearing them again due to a minor smudge like pen stains. However, there are several ways of getting rid of pen stains as long as you don’t scrub on them which makes the ink sink deeper into the cloth.
You can follow either of these 3 methods to get rid of pen stains out of clothes:
- Hairspray method
Unknown to most people, hairsprays are actually a good cleaning agent for pen stains on clothes. But, not all hairsprays can do the trick due to certain components like oils, perfumes and conditioners in their list of ingredients. Hence, hairsprays with alcohol content in them are the ideal ones for the purpose of cleaning out pen stains out of clothes.
For the hairspray method to work, you will have to wet the stain using a damp sponge or cloth to ensure that the hairspray doesn’t dry out. Locate the damp stain and apply the spray from about2 inches from it. Spray it generously to cover the entire stain. With the help of a brush, scrub on the stain before putting it in the washer.
Wash it with your regular laundry detergent and take a glimpse at the stained area before putting the piece of cloth into the dryer. If the stain still exists, repeat the steps or just use a better stain cleanser.
- Glycerin method
Like the hairspray method, the glycerin technique is also pretty uncommon for people. However, it can work like magic on your stained garments without you having to break a sweat while doing it.
All you have to do is head to the store and buy a bottle of liquid glycerin to spread on the tainted area with the help of a cotton swab. Dip the cotton swab into the glycerin and slowly pat on the regions where needed. Wait for 5 minutes before creating a mixture of water and laundry detergent in a bowl to soak in the cotton swabs. Once soaked, dab onto the stains generously and scrub on it using the cotton swab.
Once you’re done, put the items in the washing machine and wait to see if the stain is still visible. If it is, then you will have repeat the entire process again for better results.
- Rubbing alcohol
Sold in all nearby stores, rubbing alcohol is a very common cleaning agent and is readily available in most households for situations like this. If you already have rubbing alcohol at home, dip some cotton balls in it generously and pat on the stain for 2-3 minutes. Now, take a piece of cloth, soak it in water and dab on the stain using slight pressure to remove the stain. Keep on dabbing onto the stain until you start to see the ink coming off.
After you have managed to get rid of the stain as much as possible, rinse it in cold water followed by a thorough wash with laundry detergent and hot water. If the stain still remains after the wash, repeat the process.
If none of these methods work out for you, you can always use a stain remover or a magic pen to get the pen stain out of your clothes.