stain removal question

  1. Hello this is kind of wierd but.... I know that nurses have to keep thier uniforms white, so what do you do if you get black ink in you whites and lights?
  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   Jenny P
    Try alcohol or hair spray with lots of rubbing when it first happens; then from there I go with some of the pre-wash solutions and scrub them into the cloth and let it soak for a while.
  4. by   Groovydogg
    HI, I had a stain in a scrub top. I put a felt tip in my pocket without the top. The stain was the size of a quater and was there for about 15 to 20 washings. One day at work I came across some shout stain stick and rubbed it on. The next time I washed it, the stain was about 10 shades lighter. I can olny wonder what it would have looked like if I had done it when I first got it. If you rub any soap into the stain as soon as you get it it doesn't get a chance to set in, that is your best bet I think.
  5. by   CountrifiedRN
    I've heard people say that a product called Oxyclean works wonders, but haven't tried it myself. My friend said you can get it at Cosco, Priceclub, or maybe Target. Good luck!
  6. by   Robin61970
    My mother in law swears by oxyclean....she said it even takes out lipstick.....I'm going to have to try that one!
  7. by   mcknurse
    Oxyclean doesn't work for gel inks or Sharpie pen leaks, but it does keep the whites brite for me
  8. by   Agnus
    Alcohol, then wash right away.

    I used to use the hair spray until I found out it was the alcohol in it that did the trick.

    The alcohol wil not make the stain disappear when you use it but does seem to mobilize it so that when you was it it comes out.

    I vaguely recall in the past spraying with the hair spray and then washing it later and it worked.

    I have used alcohol on massive stains and works like a charm. I hear some stain sticks work and oxiclean but alcohol is cheap, and more reliable. I ahve used the alcohol then washed after in oxiclean. I have never relied on just oxiclean and have not had great sucess with stain sticks alone for this.

    In my experience alcohol has never failed to get 100% of the stain out the first time. I have even used it on old stains that were set in the dryer then ironed and it still comes completely out. That reminds me I have got to go take my own advice and do my uniforms.
    Last edit by Agnus on May 8, '02
  9. by   Twomunchkins_99
    I want to thank you alll!!!! You have been a big help, I had tryed the hair spray, then the oxyclean and tonight I'll try alcohol!!
    I am on a budget and a pen blew up in my dryer and I really couldn't afford to buy all new work clothes!! I work at Lowes Foods and the outfit has to be Kacki's and a white top!
    Thanks again,
  10. by   donmurray
    I find if I draw around the stain with a laundry marker first, it's easy to tell if the stain is gone!
  11. by   amdrn
    Hair spray is the one true ink remover. Works wonders. Do it right away. When I had to wear whites, I kept a can in my locker. GoodLuck!!!!!
  12. by   Reabock
    Twomunchkins: If there was ink in the dryer drum, remember to clean it off prior to another use or you'll have a mess all over again. Been there, done that. Daughter works at Pizza Hut and left her pens in her apron pocket and I did not find them till everything came out of the dryer with blue streaks. I made her clean the inside of the dryer with alcohol!

    I used hairspray on my whites and her kackies and it helped but I did buy her new pants and dyed mine blue as we were switching to blue pants anyway. Joanne
  13. by   Whisper
    On stains, I use ACE bleach, and soda crystals, they work wonders and do get stains out of whites. The amount of times i forget to put the lid on my pens, it is a good job, or else my top would no longer be white Plus the soda crystals help stop limescale building up in the washing machine. I nay try the hairspray the next time though, as it would be cheaper than buying the bleach!