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Is it possible to get gel ink out of clothes?

Asked by Nullo (21944points) September 9th, 2010

I washed a load of laundry that included one pair of pants with a gel pen in the pocket. Are we lost?

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aprilsimnel's avatar

No. Here’s a few tips.

mamalis's avatar

I am a good launderer but indeed, “we are lost.” RIP, pants. I hope you had a good life.

Nullo's avatar

@mamalis Oh, they ripped a long time ago. XD
I guess that means that the crisp, white dress shirt is also a lost cause. * sigh *

zzc's avatar

A load of whites went through with a pen once (not my doing)! Took it all to the cleaners (hadn’t been in the dryer). They saved all of it!!!!!!! Wasn’t even that much $. Certainly worth trying.

lonelydragon's avatar

Depends on the size of the stain. If the clothes are saturated, you don’t have much hope, but if the stains aren’t that big, you can spray them with hairspray and let the soak for a while (about an hour). You may have to apply several times, but if the stains aren’t too big and/or too old, it should work. I have used this method with success in the past.

P.S. You can probably bleach the white shirt and get the stains out.

blueberry_kid's avatar

No because, if you hand wash it, the friction of rubbing the ink out will only make it worse. And in the washer makes it EVEN worse because its being washed within other clothes.

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