Ink stains on a white uniform are a mother's nightmare! Here's a simple method to make your life easier!

Ink stains on a white uniform are an absolute nightmare for any school-going kid’s mother.


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How to remove Ink stains from white uniform
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Whether your kid accidentally spilt ink on their uniform or decided to make their uniform a canvas, ink stains are a little tricky to remove. If your child has just started using ink pens at school, the chances of a mishap with the pen are much higher. An ink stain is clearly visible and ruins the overall sharp look of a crisp, white uniform. You simply cannot ignore it. But, fear not! We are here with a few simple tips that can help you get rid of the ink stain completely.

1) Use Hair Spray

Hair spray is a great option when it comes to removing ink stains. Simply apply some hair spray on the stained area to cover it evenly. Wait for it to work its magic for 5 minutes, then remove it by dabbing a cotton ball. Repeat the process 1-2 times, if required. Wash as you normally would.

2) Use Skimmed Milk

Take a large bowl of skimmed milk. Sink the stained portion of the uniform in it and wait for 30 minutes. Then, scrub the stain gently with a toothbrush. Finally, wash as you normally would.

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3) Use Vinegar and Cornstarch

Vinegar is another effective ingredient that breaks the stain and makes it easy to remove it. Lay the affected garment on a flat surface and pour 4-5 drops of white vinegar on the stain. Make sure you evenly cover the stain. Now, create a paste with 2 cups of white vinegar and 1 cup of cornstarch. Use a sponge or a soft-bristled brush to apply it on the stain. Let the paste dry completely before washing the uniform as you normally would.

4) Use Salt

Did you know apart from adding taste to your food, salt can remove those stubborn ink stains too? Lay the garment on a flat surface and evenly cover the stained area by sprinkling salt. Now take a wet paper towel and dab it. The salt will soak the stain. Remove the residue with a sponge or a soft-bristled brush. Repeat the step 1-2 times, if required. Wash as you normally would.

There you have it! A crisp, stain-free uniform boosts your kid’s self-confidence and keeps them ready for any surprise inspection.

Frequently asked questions on ink stains

How do you get ink out of a shirt at home?

You could first use an old towel and place the ink-stained garment on top. Then directly treat it with a drop of alcohol-based sanitiser or hair spray and let it sit for a few mins before blotting and finally rinse with cold water. Always remember, the more the let it stay, the lighter your fabric can get.

How to remove ballpoint pen ink from clothes?

Similar to the above treatments you could leverage a hairspray or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser to saturate the stain, making it easier to remove at the time of machine wash. While these hacks can help tackle most ink stains, they can also lighten your coloured fabrics. Hence always protect your fabrics with the right laundry routine or products targeted for specific concerns.

How do you get ink out of clothes after drying?

While there are many ways to remove ink stains, right from vinegar to glycerin, it’s important to pre-treat the stain with a stain remover. Then gently hand wash the clothing item in lukewarm water with an effective laundry detergent. Surf Excel has a range of products that is designed for tough stain removal in the machine wash itself whilst retaining the original color of the fabric.

Quick hacks to removing ink stains?

Some of the easiest hacks to remove ink stains is by Soaking a cotton ball or a thin cloth in vinegar or nail polish remover or hairspray or alcohol-based hand sanitizer and gently dabbing the stained area until the stain completely fades away. Post which one can rinse the spot with cold water.

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