How to Get Blue Ink Out of Clothes (5 Easy Ways)

Last Updated on 2 months by Susan Mayrich

Ink stains are a common occurrence in many people’s lives. They come from pens, pencils, and markers. If you’ve ever washed your favorite garment with a pen in the pocket and then tried to get the stain out without ruining your favorite shirt or sweater, you know how frustrating it can be. You probably have had to throw away the item because of an ink stain.

How to Get Blue Ink Out of Clothes

Fortunately, there are some ways to remove ink stains from clothing that won’t damage or ruin your favorite clothes.

Does Blue Ink Stain Clothes?

Blue ink stains are one of the most common stains found on clothing. You may have even gotten an ink stain on your favorite shirt or pair of jeans before.

It is best to first try washing your clothes in cold water with a gentle detergent. If you have stubborn stains, then you will need to use a product that has a stain remover in it such as Goof-Off or Goo Gone!

Are Blue Ink Stains Permanent?

Blue ink stains are not necessarily permanent. However, if you leave the stain alone for too long, it could become permanent due to the heat from washing machines and dryers.

The best solution is to spot-treat the stain with a product that has a whitener in it such as Shout® Whiteout™ White Out Liquid Spot Remover.

This should help get rid of the blue color while preventing further staining or discoloration of your clothing item,

Does Blue Ink Come Out of Clothes?

Yes, blue ink does come out of clothes. There are several ways to remove blue ink from clothing, including soaking it in vinegar and fabric softener.

You should also consider washing your clothes in cold water and using bleach-free detergents. These steps can help remove any remaining blue ink from your clothing.

5 Ways to Get Blue Ink Out of Clothes

#1. Using a laundry stain remover

These products can help remove stains from most clothing. They typically contain enzymes and bleach, which work to break down the existing stain and color.

However, these types of products are not recommended for wool or other natural fibers because they can cause damage to the fabric.

Step 1. Remove as much of the ink as possible by soaking the stain in laundry detergent or other stain remover solution for one or two hours.

Step 2. Wash the stained area with cold water and laundry detergent.

Step 3. Use an extra rinse cycle after washing with detergent.

Step 4. Dry your clothes in the dryer on medium heat.

If necessary, repeat this process until all traces of blue ink have been removed from your clothing.

#2. Using Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol can be used to remove blue ink stains from clothing. It’s a much gentler alternative to bleach or ammonia, so it won’t damage or bleach other fabrics or items in the laundry.

Just be sure to test this solution on a small, inconspicuous part of the garment before using on a large piece of clothing.

Step 1. Pour one tablespoon of rubbing alcohol into a bowl and add two tablespoons of baking soda.

Step 2. Mix well with a spoon until all of the baking soda has dissolved into the rubbing alcohol.

Step 3. Apply the solution liberally by sprinkling it onto the affected area with a clean cloth.

Step 4. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes, then rinse it off with water until all traces of stain are gone.

#3. Using Vinegar and Cornstarch

Vinegar is a great way to remove blue ink from clothes. It can also be used to clean up other stains such as grease, coffee, and lipstick.

The cornstarch acts as a thickener while the vinegar helps with the absorption of the dye.

Step 1. Make a paste out of cornstarch and water, mix the ingredients together until the cornstarch has dissolved.

Step 2. Apply it to the stain using an old toothbrush or cotton swab. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes, then wash your clothes in cold water with detergent to remove any residue left behind by the cornstarch mixture.

You can do this twice or thrice to get rid of all the ink on your clothes.

#4. Using Hairspray

Hairspray is a great way to remove blue ink from clothes. It works by removing the blue ink from the clothes, which then leaves them clean and stain-free.

Step 1. Just spray some hairspray on the stain and let it sit for about five minutes.

Step 2. Then wash your clothes as normal. 

Note: The hairspray will help remove the ink, but it won’t get rid of it completely. You’ll need to repeat this process every time you wash your clothes if you want them to stay clean.

#5. Using Dish Detergent

Dish soap is an ingredient in many household cleaners and is also used to clean dishes. It’s a strong alkaline detergent that can remove ink, so it works well on clothing ink as well.

Dish soap will not only eliminate the ink from your clothing, but it also has the added benefit of removing grease stains from your clothes as well.

Step 1. Combine one tablespoon of dish soap with one cup of warm water in a spray bottle.

Step 2. Spray the solution onto your blue-stained clothing.

Step 3. Rub the stains with a wet clean cloth until they disappear.

The ink should come off easily once the ink has become softened by the soap.

Step 4. Next, you will need to carefully remove the ink from your clothes by hand washing them in cold water with dish soap.

You will want to scrub at the stain until it is gone and rinse out your clothes with cold water.

How Do You Get Blue Ink Out of Dried Clothes?

Vinegar and Rubbing Alcohol are the two most common ways to remove blue ink stains from clothes.

Rubbing alcohol is an affordable, safe alternative to bleach, which can be dangerous if used incorrectly.

Vinegar has many uses including removing stains from fabrics and also bleaching clothing.

Step 1. Mix a cup of white vinegar with one tablespoon of rubbing alcohol.

Step 2.  Soak your stained clothing in the mixture for at least 20 minutes.

Step 3. Afterward, rinse the clothing thoroughly in cool water and allow it to air dry.

How Do I Get Blue Ink Out of a Cotton Shirt?

Blue ink is a very difficult stain to get out of clothing. Depending on the fabric, some stains can be scrubbed out and others will never come out. If you get blue ink on your shirt, here are a few things you can do:

Step 1. Gently blot the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel. You don’t want to rub too hard or you might accidentally remove the ink from the fabric.

Step 2. Let the stained area dry completely before washing it again. If you try to wash it immediately after blotting, it will be more difficult to remove the stain completely because more of the original color will remain on your shirt rather than being absorbed by the fabric.

Step 3. Wash your shirt using only cold water and mild soap that dissolves grease and dirt without causing damage to wool or other types of fibers in your clothing.

This can help reduce any remaining blue ink spots that may still be present in your shirt after trying all the other methods above.

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