How to Get Ball Point Pen Ink Out of Clothes That Are Dried in the Dryer

Ball point ink stains come into contact with clothing when a child is working on an art project, a pen bleeds onto fabric, or a slip of the writing tool leaves a streak of ink on the fabric. Since the ink dries almost instantly, leaving a very noticeable stain, it is important to find a cleaning routine that removes the ink without damaging the underlying fabric. If you've already washed and dried the garment, you must use even stronger cleaning products to remove the stain.

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Remove ball point pen ink

Step 1

Place a layer of paper towels under the stained area to prevent the ink residue from bleeding to the opposite side of the fabric.

Step 2

Drench the fabric with hairspray, blotting immediately with paper towels to pull the ink out of the fabric.

Step 3

Pour non-acetone nail polish remover onto a paper towel and blot over the stain if the hairspray alone does not remove the ink. The nail polish remover has a slightly higher alcohol content.

Step 4

Spray household lubricant directly onto the remaining stain and continue blotting with paper towels.

Step 5

Apply a thick layer of white toothpaste onto the ink stain. Rub it into the fabric with your fingertips.

Step 6

Flush with cold water and repeat until all ink stain has been lifted.

Step 7

Wash the clothing item in the washing machine, using regular laundry detergent and a cold water cycle. Do not use hot water unless all traces of the stain have been removed.

Step 8

Dry the item in the dryer, or hang it to dry, after all residue has been removed. Use no heat on the stained area if any stain remains.