How to Remove Ballpoint Pen Ink From Paper

Removing ink from paper can be a daunting task. Correction tapes, white out fluids and erasable ink are the best options to correcting ink mistakes. If, however, the ink is permanent, as is ballpoint pen ink, yet must be removed, you are in for a challenge, as traditional methods will not suffice. Luckily, with the purchase of the appropriate supplies, you can remove ballpoint pen ink from paper.

Step 1

Don your gloves. Dilute 1 tbsp. spirit of salts (also known as hydrochloric acid) in 5 tbsp. water in a small bowl.

Step 2

Apply the mixture to the ballpoint pen ink with a cotton ball, gently dabbing and rubbing it onto the paper.

Step 3

Remove the solution from the paper approximately 1 minute after application by rubbing a cotton ball dampened with clean water over the paper.