6 household items that can remove ink from furniture

Is there anything worse than catching your little one scribbling across your furniture in blue ink?

It is likely that this has happened to you once, and if it doesn’t, prepare for the inevitable.

The first step in dealing with an ink stain is to act quickly. The ink dries quickly, so it’s important not to get caught up in the horror of the moment.

While the stain remover market is huge, you might not have a bottle on hand, but before you rush to the grocery store there are a few household items that do the trick just as well.


1. Hairspray

While this may surprise you, one of the most common stain removers around the home is hairspray because it contains acetone, a chemical used in stain removers. Spray a lot of product and leave it on for a few hours or even overnight for best results.

2. Aeroguard

Aeroguard is known to remove permanent black markers from furniture, as is commonly used to remove graffiti. You can pick up a bottle at your local grocery store – but if you’re lucky you might find one over the back of a cabinet.

3. Eucalyptus oil

This essential oil is known to help with congestion, asthma, and chest infections. However, you can also use it to remove pen surfaces! Who knew? Apply a few drops to the stain, rub it with a cloth and let it soak for at least 30 minutes. Then wash off with water.

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4. Milk

Milk is a great choice for removing ink from carpets, but it can do a good job on other materials as well. All you have to do is dab milk on the stain and soak it overnight. Another good hack is to combine milk with white vinegar in a bowl and soak the fabric in it.

5. Toothpaste

Toothpaste for whitening is a popular choice for removing ballpoint pens from walls and couches. Scrub the stain a little, then let it sit for 10 minutes before wiping it off. You can also combine with baking soda for better results.

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