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How to Remove Ballpoint Pen Stains from Cotton

The pen you had in your pocket leaked, or you wiped your sleeve across a page of ink that was not dry yet. You can remove most ink stains completely. This guide will teach you to identify the kind of stain you are dealing with, and provide methods for removing different kinds of ink.

1. Prepackaged hand-wipes and some brands of baby wipes will also do the trick in a pinch.

2. If you are using a wipe, blot the fabric firmly, trying to really squeeze the solvent into the stain. You can also leave the wipe on the fabric, and place something heavy on top of it for several minutes.

3. Mix the bleach powder with a small amount of water to form a thin paste, and put this paste on stain, your stain should be entirely or at least mostly gone at this point.