Removing Indian Ink from Clothing
India ink, also known as Indian Ink, is a simple ink used for drawing and art. The most basic forms consist of a fine soot combined with water. Stabilizing ingredients may be included in the ink, such as gelatin or shellac. Due to the basic composition of India ink, it is often removable stain from a variety of fabrics.
What You Will Need Before You Start:
- Clean, white towels
- Heavy-duty laundry detergent
- All-fabric powdered bleach
- Chlorine bleach
- Commercial dye remover
Place a folded towel underneath the stained area. Apply a thick layer of heavy-duty laundry detergent over the stain. Allow to penetrate the stain for up to 30 minutes. Rinse under running water until the water runs clear.
If the ink stain remains, soak the entire piece of clothing in a solution of all-fabric powdered bleach, diluted according to the product label. Soak for up to one hour. Wash in the hottest water allowed by the type of fabric and the usual amount of laundry detergent.
For persistent stains, soaking in a chlorine bleach may be required. This is generally only recommended for white fabrics, as most colored fabrics are not chlorine bleach safe. Place the entire garment in a diluted solution of bleach and water. Allow to remain for 15 minutes. Place alone in the washing machine and wash as normal.
Ink stains that remain after chlorine bleach cannot be removed by bleaching processes. A commercial dye remover may be effective at removing the stain. Follow the package directions for the dye remover and then launder as normal.