Ink remover... Am I the last to know?!?!?!

One of my recent guests, got pen ink on the sheets. A real nice perfectly round dark spot the size of a dime. They are Costco sheets, Charisma, so they are not expensive and they weren’t new, so we settled on $20 to put towards replacing them. The stained sheets have already been washed several times, without any attempt to treat the stain. Later, I started to wonder if there is anything to get ink out of sheets, so I Googled it and the top result was to use alcohol based hand sanitizer… Figuring that I had nothing to loose, I bought a bottle and went to work. - My advice, if you find yourself trying this, tie off the section that needs to be treated and put the rest inside a plastic bag, so that you won’t spread it, because once the sanitizer hits the sheets, it starts to dissolve the ink - rapidly!!! I wound up having to clean up more than the original spot. I started the process a couple of hours ago, apply, soak, rub, rinse, repeat. The spot is nearly gone. I am going to leave it over night and then wash tomorrow. I’m pretty happy with the result so far. I have a duvet cover that still has an old ink stain from another guest a couple of years ago. I’m going to try to cleaning that next!

What have you got to loose? Try it!


Rub alcohol on it and then soak it with more rubbing alcohol. If you don’t have rubbing alcohol, then use hair spray.


No hairspray? Use vodka or gin; but never Scotch or Bourbon!


Interesting. I’m going to try it on an old barn paint stain on our duvet cover.

Yes, I know, how did THAT happen? Mr Joan, a paint spray, barn paint and carelessness…

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But it’s okay to drink the Scotch or Bourbon while using the vodka, gin or hairspray… to clean the sheets - yes?

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Drink the bourbon, clean with the gin :wink:

If you don’t want to spend money, or prefer to keep your vodka/gin/bourbon/scotch for boozing purposes, then ink stains can sometimes be removed by soaking the item in milk. Common or garden milk out of the fridge.

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