HOW TO REMOVE INK STAINS
The kids turned their shirts into a coloring book or you forgot to take a pen out of your pocket before throwing your jeans in the wash, and now you're faced with some seemingly impossible-to-remove ink stains. If you know what type of ink you're up against (and you've got an effective all-purpose cleaner), getting ink stains out of clothes can be entirely possible.
Inks are made up of soluble dyes or insoluble pigments, as well as different solvents and lubricants. Water-based ink, often found in washable markers, is the easiest to remove. Ballpoint pen ink is a little more stubborn, as a number of chemical additives are mixed into the ink to improve quality and make the pens easier to write with. Permanent ink is the most difficult to remove because the ink's resin, which is what ensures the ink "sticks" to paper, does not dissolve in water at all.
Regardless of the type, removing ink stains from clothes doesn't need to be done with potentially dangerous chemicals. Depending on the fabric you're treating, both bleach and hydrogen peroxide can often do more harm than good and lead to discoloration. Ammonia can permanently set the stain, as well as release harmful fumes which, if in contact with chlorinated substances, can result in dangerous chemical reactions. Products such as hand sanitizer, white vinegar and rubbing alcohol might not work hard enough to restore clothes to their original color.
Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner is a cleaner, degreaser, deodorizer and stain remover that powers out dirt and grime and removes stubborn stains on washable surfaces, including clothing and fabric.
TIP: Simple Green also makes short work of removing any ink residue inside your washing machine. Spray full-strength Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner on a paper towel and wipe the interior clean.
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