Stain Removal of Biro Ink

Updated February 21, 2017

Biro ink is a quick-drying ink commonly used for printing of magazines and newspapers. When this ink creates a stain, it is important to act quickly to remove the stain, as it sets in faster than most other types of ink. Several retail products are available that remove stains, but these can be costly and many times are not on hand when we need them. Instead, keep a few inexpensive ingredients in the home for quick stain removal.

Dish Detergent

Dish detergent works as a degreasing agent that effectively breaks up biro ink stains and prevents them from setting in. Place a clean white towel or cloth under the stain, then drench with a little water and a few drops of liquid dish detergent. Blot the area to absorb the ink, and repeat as necessary until the stain is fully removed. Launder on a cold water cycle and hang to dry. Do not use hot water or heat on the area until the stain is fully removed, as heat can set the stain in permanently.

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol works effectively to remove biro ink without damaging underlying surfaces. Place a clean white cloth or towel under the stain, then drench the ink stain with isopropyl rubbing alcohol (available for a few dollars per bottle any grocery or chemist). Blot the stain with a paper towel, and repeat this process until the paper towel comes back ink-free. Then launder as usual in a cold water cycle and hang to air dry.

Baking Soda

Baking soda also works to absorb stains caused by biro ink. Add enough water to baking soda to make a thick paste. Apply a thick layer to the stain and let sit for 30 minutes. Then work the solution into the stain with your fingertips and wash in a cold water cycle.


Hairspray also breaks up ink stains. Spray the stain with a thick coating of hairspray. Blot away at the stain with a clean paper towel or cotton ball, and repeat as needed until all the ink has been removed. Launder as usual in a cold water cycle.

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