Removing (red) Pen Ink from Clothing?

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by HeatherBelle614, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. HeatherBelle614

    HeatherBelle614 Always wishing on a star!

    Aug 7, 2008
    Well, DH (who I am obviously not happy with right now) left a red ink pen in his pocket. (I always have to ask him if he emptied his pockets; he's horrible about leaving pens in there. And this time, I made him swear he'd checked them and trusted that he'd done it.)

    So, one washload later, everything is spotted in red ink (hmm, you swear you checked your pockets?)

    Two of his work pants are in there, along with several of my work shirts. And, this week, our cat somehow got in to our wedding memory box in my closet and drug out the bride undies (made for me with the date and everything) my mom had bought me for our wedding day. (We've only been married a year, and I didn't even use them to keep them as a memory.) But, the kitty drug them out and got litter all of them, so I decided to wash them, and of course, they were in this load.

    I've put hairspray on all of the spots and then stainsticked them all (scrubbed until I couldn't feel my arms), and washed them in hot water. This is the second time that I've repeated the process, and the spots are still there.

    Anyone have any budget friendly tips, or are our few hundred dollars and special memory clothing completely ruined?

  2. CTdiznymom

    CTdiznymom DIS Veteran

    Jun 25, 2005
    Did your hairspray have Acetone in it? I think that is the key. If not maybe a light dab of nailpolish remover (with acetone).
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  4. rcraw45425

    rcraw45425 <font color=darkorchid>I'm a 43 year old mom with

    Aug 26, 2004
    Try a cheap hairspray, I"ve had better luck with them than with the "good stuff", lol.
  5. 61292cna

    61292cna DIS Veteran

    Dec 10, 2008
    You need to switch to cold water, Aqua Net, & oxy clean!!!
  6. NJGirl

    NJGirl DIS Veteran

    Apr 3, 2008
    The only thing I could ever get red ink out with was "carbona" in a lil yellow bottle. They have them in the laundry aisle of the supermarket. They have different formulations for different types of stains. Make sure to buy the one for "ink"
  7. DISdreamin'

    DISdreamin' DIS Veteran

    Apr 6, 2009
    I had good luck getting red pen out with alcohol - I used ethanol, but I would think isopropanol (you should be able to get it in the grocery store HBA area) would work. Good luck!
  8. bigfish2215

    bigfish2215 Mouseketeer

    Oct 17, 2008
    good ol' 90% rubbing alcohol
  9. Mickey527

    Mickey527 DIS Veteran

    Feb 1, 2000
    another vote for rubbing alcohol. I used to work nights and we had to use red ink for charting at night. I had many leaking pens in my pockets and alcohol always took the ink out with out ruining the color of the uniform.
  10. WDWAtLast

    WDWAtLast I found my Prince - now where are the mice and bir

    Feb 7, 2009
    Magic Eraser - it has worked for me on marker stains that had been through the washer and dryer. Mix it with Tide to Go pen for a double whammy!!!
  11. mjejj

    mjejj Mouseketeer

    May 24, 2005
    I have had good luck with Spot Shot. It is in a blue can with an orange top and is a carpet cleaner. I have used it to get out ink stains (although not red ink) and baby formula stains out of clothes. I hope something works for you.

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