Rubbing alcohol, and lots of it, will get ink out. Put an old towel or rag behind the stain, pour the alcohol on, and blot -- hard! -- from the front. It pushes the ink through the fabric and into the shmatte in back. Once there's no more ink visible, throw it into the wash. Good as new!
Didn't I leave some hair spray in the top, right drawer in the upstairs bathroom?
I second the rubbing alcohol recommendation! It definitely works.
I am trying rubbing alcohol, hairspray, and nail polish remover. Not having much luck. The shirt is cotton/poly and I think that is messing everything up.
(It's the alcohol in the hairspray that makes the hairspray work on ink.) The cotton/poly shouldn't be a factor, but the shirt needs to be dry, in my experience. Good luck.
The kind of ink is important. Stain Stick, Shout, Spray'n'Wash, or my personal favorite, LA's Awesome Prewash Spray (which is available for $1 at Dollar Tree), will easily get out blue or black ballpoint ink, as well as most liquid ink. Just spray (or rub) and throw it in the load. I haven't found anything, so far, that gets out red ballpoint ink--it gets out about half of the ink, leaving a yellowish-orange mark. Don't remember if I've ever tried to get out any other colors of ballpoint ink.I haven't noticed that color matters with liquid ink--it usually all seems to come out with pretreatment.Permanent marker is tough. I usually have to treat that repeatedly for several washings. If the mark is small, it eventually comes out.
Forgot to mention that I normally wash anything I can in cold water, so I haven't noticed whether temperature makes a difference (as in whether warm or hot would set the ink). The dryer can set ink, so if some of it doesn't come out, don't put it in the dryer before you wash it again (this mostly makes a difference with permanent marker, not blue/black ballpoint or liquid ink).
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