Using hairspray on ink stains

Alcohol is hairsprays secret ingredient

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The “Queen of Clean” Linda Cobb credits the alcohol found in all traditional hairsprays, also called ethanol, for all the non-hair, cleaning, and laundry-related things this product can do. She says alcohol found in hairspray makes it effective at doing things like removing sticky labels and lifting stains caused by products with dye, such as hair coloring and lipstick. 

Cobb says all you need to do is soak the stain in hairspray before taking your clothes for a spin in the washing machine — but do this ASAP so the hairspray has a chance to work its magic. Better yet, hairspray doesn’t just work with lipstick — it works with hair dye stains on clothing too!

So if you’re planning to use hairspray on your clothing, make sure you use the right kind (i.e. the traditional stuff with ethanol). And while you’re at it, look closely at your labels when you go hairspray shopping — and before you abandon alcohol hairsprays for good. While there are plenty of good non-alcohol hair sprays on the market today, hairdressers like Stuart Phillips says that hairsprays that use stearyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, and cetyl alcohol actually moisturize, making them suitable hair care products.


What will dissolve printer ink?

Using Isopropyl Alcohol to Dissolve Dry Ink

On one end, most ink cartridges have sponge which is responsible for delivery if ink to paper.

Will acetone take the color out of clothes?

For all washable fabrics except acetate, triacetate, or modacrylic, you will need an acetone-based fingernail polish remover or plain acetone and absorbent white clothes or paper towels. Be sure that the acetone does not change the color of the fabric by testing it on a hidden seam.

How Do You Get Dried Pen Ink Out of Clothes?

If you need to get pen ink out of fabric when it is still wet, you can carry out ink removal, hairspray method being a good example.

However, if you are faced with how to remove ink from clothing once the stain is dry, this can be very different. An ink stain that had dried in many cases can be fixed in place.

Here is all you need to know about how to remove ink on clothing or get pen out of fabric. The ink type in question is oil-based and usually hard to remove as they are fast drying for use when writing. (Read Bleach Stain Remover)

First, you need to gather your things to enable you to remove your ink stains.

  • Ethanol or rubbing alcohol (can use hand sanitizer if the alcohol content is high)
  • Cotton balls
  • Absorbent cloth or paper towel (white not colored)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Timer and your sink

9 Stop a Run

One of the biggest reasons I hate wearing pantyhose is because they seem to get runs so easily! I’ve found this tip to come in handy many times before. Spray some hairspray right onto the run and on the edges of it to stop it in its tracks! You’d be surprised by how effective this is. Also, a light misting of hairspray over your hose before slipping them on and after washing them will help to prevent runs altogether!

5 Self-Defense

This has to be the most unconventional, yet one of the most practical ways to use hairspray. Not every one is an advocate of using or carrying mace, so get yourself a small bottle of hairspray. If attacked or threatened, you can spray it directly into your muggers face. It will sting their eyes, giving you the chance to run away or call for help. This is a great solution if you don’t want to carry a gun or a knife but feel the need to have some form of self defense handy. It’s also a good idea for teenage/adolescent girls or mothers of small children who don’t want mace anywhere accessible.

What Takes Ink Out of Clothes?

Here are a few laundry hacks you can use to remove ink stains from clothing with household products.

Aside from the materials used in the above steps, you can use some baby wipes, a cotton swab, nail polish remover, or anything you can see that contains solvents.

Luckily, water-based inks don’t generally require these and just blotting the stain before washing can be enough to remove them. One thing to be cautious of is the type of material, so you do need to test a small area. Be sure not to use bleach on colored fabric, or you can ruin your clothes.

Nail Polish Remover

It can work very effectively, yet it is one which can damage some fabrics. To use, follow the same blotting method as above and then wash in the washing machine following the care label. Keep the area ventilated, as this may smell.


If you have a delicate fabric and you are not sure whether to use chemicals with solvents, you can try soaking your stain in milk overnight. Once you take it out, wash in a regular manner, and check if the stain has gone.

Vinegar & Cornstarch

Begin by wetting the stain with vinegar. While it soaks, make a paste with two parts of vinegar and three parts of cornstarch. Work this into the fabric. Once you have covered all the stain, let it air dry, and then you can proceed with washing the item.

While all the above are great ways how to get ink out of clothes or fabrics, it doesn’t mean all of them can delete ink stains. However, one thing never to do is dry your clothing in the dryer when it shows signs of an ink stain.

Doing this can set them permanently, and none of the ways above can remove the ink stains.

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