How to Remove Inkjet Ink From Skin

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How to Remove Inkjet Ink From Skin
Use common household products to remove inkjet ink. (ink cartridges image by itsallgood from

Once a printer's ink supply runs low, the printer's ink cartridge will need to be refilled with more ink. While refilling inkjet cartridges, it is common for the ink to transfer onto skin, causing stains. Inkjet ink is a type of aqueous ink that contains water, glycol, and dyes or pigments, making the ink more difficult to remove from skin than ordinary pen ink. Fortunately, certain solutions can effectively remove inkjet ink from skin.

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Things you need

  • Liquid hand soap
  • Pumice-based, heavy-duty hand soap
  • Hairspray
  • 1 tbsp bleach
  • 10 tbsp water
  • Bowl
  • Clean rag
  • Moisturising lotion

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  1. 1

    Wash your skin with liquid hand soap and water to remove as much ink as possible. The liquid hand soap will also remove excess oils from your skin.

  2. 2

    Wash your skin with pumice-based, heavy-duty hand soap and water. Soaps containing abrasive materials like ground pumice are effective at removing ink and other grime from the top layers of skin.

  3. 3

    Inspect your skin for remaining ink. If ink still remains, spray regular hairspray onto the ink stain.

  4. 4

    Allow the hairspray to remain on the ink for 10 seconds. Wash off the hairspray with liquid hand soap and water.

  5. 5

    Inspect your skin for remaining ink. If the ink still remains on your skin, make a solution of 1 tbsp bleach and 10 tbsp water in a bowl.

  6. 6

    Dip a clean rag into the bleach solution, and apply the rag to the ink-stained skin for five minutes. If your hands are deeply stained, simply soak them in the bleach solution instead of using the rag.

  7. 7

    Rinse your skin thoroughly with water. Apply moisturising lotion to your skin, since bleach removes moisture from skin.

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