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How to remove dried-on ink stains from chino trousers

Chinos are trousers made of a strong cotton fibre imported from China. Cotton fabrics must always be treated carefully when removing stains so they don't shrink. A dried ink stain on your favourite pair of chinos can be a bit of a nightmare. Even though the ink is dry you can still remove it using household products. Removing an ink stain from your trousers must be done carefully to ensure the stain doesn't spread further into the cotton.

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  1. Dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol. Draw a circle around the dried ink stain on your chinos using the rubbing alcohol. Use enough rubbing alcohol to form a moist circle to keep the ink from spreading once it is moistened.

  2. Wet a clean cloth with dry-cleaning solvent. Place your ink-stained chinos on top of a white towel with the ink stain facing down on the towel. Blot the ink stain from the backside with the dry-cleaning solvent, moving the white towel to a clean spot as ink is transferred.

  3. Rub heavy-duty washing powder into the remaining ink stain. Let the detergent sit on the stain for 15 minutes. Flush the area with cool water to remove the detergent and more ink.

  4. Mix up a solution made from 4.5 litres of warm water and a quarter cup of all-fabric bleach. Soak your chinos in the diluted bleach mixture for 20 minutes to remove any remaining ink from the dried ink stain.

  5. Launder your chinos as normal. Check to make sure the stain is fully removed before drying them. Repeat these steps if any ink remains on your trousers.

  6. Tip

    Rubbing alcohol can also be used to remove the ink stain from your chinos.

    Buy dry-cleaning solvent at a hardware or dry cleaning shop.


    Avoid using chlorine bleach. It can bleach your chinos and cause the ink stain to change colours, rather than removing it.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cotton swab
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Clean cloths
  • Dry-cleaning solvent
  • White towel
  • Heavy-duty washing powder
  • Bucket
  • 1/4 cup all-fabric bleach

About the Author

Mary Ylisela

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.

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