Removing ink from fabric

This really is magic! If you are a cleaning nut like me you will want to try it out just to prove to yourself it works. 

I tried it the first time, really only half believing it would work but it does work and very very well. I was so surprised I did the experiment twice.  

If you have accidentally put some ink onto fabric, the best solution is to deal with it right away. The longer you leave it the harder it will be to remove.

What follows is the #cleanwithfood method, but you can also use dry cleaning fluid. The chemical name for this is Tetrachloroethylene. It is not a nice chemical but if all else fails it may be worth a try. This will be better than throwing away the item that has been marked.


  • Milk
  • Lemon
  • Sauce pan
  • Seive (very fine)

Put the saucepan on the stove on very low heat and pour in 1/4 cup of milk. Cut a lemon into quarters and squeeze in the juice. Almost immediately the lemon touches the milk it will curdle. This is exactly what you want. Give the mixture a quick stir and then pour everything though a fine sieve. Once you have separated the curds (solids) place this on top of the marked fabric and leave it for half an hour.

Remove the curds and "Hey, Presto!" the ink should be gone. If you still have ink left on the fabric just repeat the process.

To finish cleaning, follow the instructions on the fabric or garment. If you cannot remove the item from furniture, just scrape the curds off and gently clean in place with a soft damp cloth and some Castile soap, then leave to dry.