How to Remove Ink From Wood Furniture

Updated February 21, 2017

You thought you were safe by writing on the paper in front of you only to realise that the ink from your pen bleed through to your wooden desk. Don't worry. Ink can be removed from wood furniture with the careful application of just a few common household items. Within minutes, you will have your wood furniture restored to its original state.

Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with warm water to form a paste.

Dab your finger in the paste and place the paste over the ink stain. Use your fingers to carefully rub the paste into the stain. Avoid rubbing too hard as baking soda can be slightly abrasive and may damage the finish of the wood.

Moisten a soft cotton cloth with water. Rub the stained area to remove the paste.

Repeat steps 1-3 until the ink is completely removed from the wood.

Wipe the area of the stain with a cotton ball moistened with a very small amount of rubbing alcohol. This will remove the chalky residue left from the baking soda.


Test the baking soda paste and alcohol first on a hidden area of your wood furniture to make sure that it won't take the finish off.


Be careful when using rubbing alcohol. Using too much alcohol and scrubbing too hard can remove the finish of the wood.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Soft cotton cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol (clear alcohol)
  • Cotton balls
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Diana Braun began her writing career as a consultant and technical writer for a software company focusing on how-to, training, white paper, and internal process documentation. After two years, Braun left to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. Since then, she has launched several startups including a t-shirt business, an online marketing and advertising t-shirt distribution business, and an entertainment site. She currently resides in South Florida.