Ink from pens, while funny in slapstick comedy, have ruined clothes for years. The blue or black ink stains the material. What a mess! No matter how many times the garment is washed the ink stain seems to remain untouched.
How did the ink stain that shirt or pants in the first place? Sometimes it occurs from pen placement. We have tendencies to repeat an action out of habit without realizing what we are doing.
Men for instance, have somehow developed a habit of putting their pen in their shirt’s breast pocket. Without any warning, that pen can leak and there you have an ink stain soaking through the shirt’s pocket.
Children of all ages have a tendency to place their writing tool in their skirt or pants pockets. Many Winona students attending the Elementary or Secondary schools may have had this experience at least once already. Even if they don’t bump into a desk or a friend’s backpack you never know when a pen may spring a leak. Now those garments are stained with ink. Children grow out of their clothes fast enough. Having to replace them because of unsightly ink stains before they can grow out of that size is frustrating.
Women usually toss their pens in their purses. Some are made from leather and others with various material blends. Having a pen leak in a purse can not only ruin that purse but make a mess of all its contents within. Ink stains could damage an important form such as a tax bill if you are in the habit of paying it in person at the tax or city hall office in Winona. And imagine what spreading ink can do to mints, gum or makeup that rattles around the bottom of your handbag.
Habits are usually hard to break. You try over and over again. But, these acts have been in practice so long. There are always more chances of being attacked by a leaking pen. And as usual we never know when the culprit will release the ink to stain something new.
Here are some ways to salvage that favorite linen purse, dress shirt or school uniform outfit. Try one the next time your mighty pen springs a leak and see those ink stains disappear.
- Squirt a small amount of regular toothpaste onto the stain. Rub it gently into the material. Then wash as usual. (Make sure the toothpaste is not colored or a gel.)
- Try shaving cream. Apply the shaving cream to the stain. Allow it to set on the stain for thirty minutes. Then run the spot under cool water as you rub the shaving cream into the stained area. (Do not use gel shaving cream, it must be the foaming type of shaving cream.)
- Pour buttermilk onto the stain. Just enough that it soaks through the fabric. Set the garment aside for twenty-four hours. Then add a squirt of liquid hand soap over the area. Rinse and rub the stained area under cool water.
- Spray the stain with any type of hairspray. Allow the garment to sit for thirty minutes. Then press and blot the area with a wet sponge. Or, after waiting the thirty minutes launder as usual.
- Rubbing alcohol will work too. Soak the stained area. Let it sit for thirty minutes, then lift the stain from the fabric with a damp sponge.
- Enjoy being stain free and saving money with these easy homemade remedies!
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