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.

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.