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How can I remove black ink from felt tip pens?

By Dr. Laundry August 20, 2015

Q: How can I remove black ink from felt tip pens? A: Thanks for sending in your question!  For felt pens and markers on colored fabric, first pretreat with a little liquid Clorox2 Stain Remover and Color Booster.  Just apply a little directly to the stain, rub it in, and wait 5 minutes before washing in the hottest water recommended on the garment care label using detergent and more Clorox2.  Let the item air dry and check for success. If your item is white (and doesn’t contain any spandex—always avoid bleaching spandex, as well as wool, silk, mohair, and leather) you can use Clorox Bleach Pen Gel to pretreat the stain directly.  Just apply a little gel to the stain, rub in, and then wash immediately in hot water and detergent + 1/2 cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach. The biggest problem with a stain like this is if the ink is super concentrated (common when a felt tip pen bleeds onto fabric), and may require multiple treatments to get the stain out.  Repeating the treatment is often also necessary for stains that have been sitting around for a while, so be sure to keep the item out of the dryer while you are working on it. Another problem with ink stains is when the ink is from a gel pen or other type of permanent marker, which, as the name says, really is permanent.  These ink stains are extremely difficult, if not impossible, to remove. Please let me know if you have any questions, and thanks again for writing. –Dr. Laundry