How Do You Get a Dried Ink Stain out of a Shirt?

If you get an ink stain on your shirt and are unable to treat it when the ink is wet, don't worry. You can still remove ink from your shirt even after it has dried. There is no need to throw out an otherwise good shirt just because of an ink stain. Use the proper products and techniques to effectively remove dried ink from your shirt.

Moisten a paper towel with water. Dab the water onto the ink stain.

Saturate the ink stain with hairspray. If you do not have hairspray available, use rubbing alcohol.

Situate the ink-stained portion of the shirt between two paper towels. Sandwiching the stain between the paper towels will prevent the ink from bleeding onto unaffected areas of the clothing.

Blot the ink stain with the paper towel that is on the underside of the shirt, working from the back side of the stain. Apply more hairspray, if necessary. Continue blotting, switching to clean portions of the paper towel as it becomes covered with ink, until no more ink transfers from the shirt to the paper towel.

Saturate the ink stain with a laundry stain remover such as Shout or Spray 'n Wash. Wash the shirt as usual. Inspect the shirt for any traces of ink prior to placing it in the dryer.

Use dry-cleaning solvent if the ink stain remains on the shirt. Moisten a clean rag with dry-cleaning solvent and sponge it onto the stain. Continue blotting the stain until no more ink comes out of the shirt.

Rinse the shirt thoroughly with plain water. Drizzle liquid laundry detergent directly onto the affected area of the shirt. Rub it in with your fingers and allow it to sit on the stain overnight.

Rinse the shirt the next day. Apply a laundry stain remover and wash the shirt as usual.


Always test the product you are using on a small, inconspicuous area of the shirt prior to applying it to a more noticeable area.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Water
  • Hairspray or rubbing alcohol
  • Laundry stain remover
  • Dry-cleaning solvent
  • Rag
  • Liquid laundry detergent
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Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.