How To Remove Ink Stains

From writing your weekly shopping list to jotting down important notes or doodling during a meeting, the pen is a reliable tool we use each and every day– until it leaks. We’ve all experienced a pen-related mishap before, where ink has spilled and left a ghastly stain on our favourite clothing items – but thankfully, with Vanish, it’s never been easier to remove ink stains from shirts, cottons or linens.

Vanish will remove your ink stains with our easy-to-follow steps; just pre-treat and wash as usual. with Vanish Gold Oxi Action Gel to get the best results.

Read on for more information on how to remove ink stains from fabrics. 


How to remove ink stains from clothes

It doesn’t matter if it’s an unfortunate pen explosion or a smear from ink that hasn’t dried, it can be tempting to throw your ink stained items away. But don’t worry, the Oxi Action formula is strong enough to tackle the worst ink stains with a pre-treat and a wash. Use Vanish Gold Oxi Action Crystal White Gel for whites and for colours use Vanish Gold Oxi Action Gel to remove ink stains from cotton.

Step 1 — It’s best to act fast! Blot the stain with a clean, absorbent cloth and do not scrub to reduce the risk of smearing the stain

Step 2 — Pour 2ml of the gel directly onto the stain

Step 3  — Gently rub the formula into the stain and leave it to set for a max of 10 minutes

Step 4 — Wash as usual with your regular detergent and an extra dose of Vanish gel in the washing machine


Vanish can remove ink stains but always read the packaging label before use. While the powerful Oxi Action formula can remove a multitude of stains from everyday fabrics, Vanish is not able to remove ink stains from leather or carpets.


How to remove ink stains from jeans

It makes no difference if it’s an oil-ink stain from a permanent marker or water-based ink from a regular pen, if you’re looking to remove ink stains from khakis or jeans, Vanish gel can tackle it. You can wash them like you would your everyday cottons, just simply follow the instructions above.


Always make sure you read the label on the stained garment before use. If you’re unsure, test on a small, unnoticeable area before application.


Don’t tumble dry: Like most stains, if not fully removed when wet don’t tumble dry the garment as it will set the stain in, making it even harder to remove. If the item needs to dry, let it air dry slowly and away from heat.

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If you’re also looking to get rid of paint stains, we have a guide on how you can remove paint stains from your garments.


General Advice

  • Always follow washing instructions on garment or fabric care label.
  • Before use check for colour fastness by testing a hidden area of the fabric.
  • Rinse and allow to dry.
  • After washing or treating garments with Vanish Gold, dry away from sources of direct heat and direct sunlight.
  • When using Vanish to pre-treat, use lukewarm water.
  • For best results it may be necessary to repeat parts of the process.
  • Do not use on garments requiring dry cleaning.
  • Do not pour the product on any metallic parts of the garments (e.g. buttons, zips).
  • Do not expose pre-treated or soaked garments to sources of direct heat or direct sunlight before washing or rinsing thoroughly.
  • Do not leave the product to dry on garments (maximum 10 minutes contact time).