From writing your weekly shopping list to jotting down important notes or doodling during a meeting, the pen is a reliable tool we use each and every day– until it leaks.

We’ve all experienced a pen-related mishap before, where ink has spilled and left a ghastly stain on our favourite clothing items – but thankfully, with Vanish, it’s never been easier to remove ink stains from shirts, cottons or linens.
Vanish will remove your ink stains with our easy-to-follow steps; just pre-treat and wash as usual with Vanish Oxi Action Powder to get the best results. Read on for more information on how to remove ink stains from fabrics.

How to remove ink stains from clothes

It doesn’t matter if it’s an unfortunate pen explosion or a smear from ink that hasn’t dried, it can be tempting to throw your ink-stained items away. But don’t worry, the Oxi Powerlift Technology is strong enough to tackle the worst ink stains with a pre-treat and a wash. It can remove stains, keep colours bright and neutralise odours in just one wash. Plus, with the deep hygiene action* in Vanish, your clothes will get a deep clean in-wash too!
When tackling ink stains, it’s always best to blot – not rub – any excess ink to stop it from spreading before you apply Vanish.
*removes stains for a hygiene boost.

How to remove ink stains from clothes


Vanish Oxi Action Powder

Vanish Oxi Action Powder


  1. Combine ¼ scoop of powder with ¾ scoop of warm water (max 40 °C) and turn it into a paste.
  2. Apply the mix on the stained area and leave it for 5 minutes max.
  3. After pre-treatment, wash as usual or rinse thoroughly.
  4. Got yourself a stain that just won’t go? Feel free to repeat these steps as many times as necessary until it’s gone.

How to remove ink stains from jeans

It makes no difference if it’s an oil-ink stain from a permanent marker or water-based ink from a regular pen, if you’re looking to remove ink stains from jeans, Vanish gel can tackle it. You can wash them like you would your everyday cottons, just simply follow the instructions above.

How to remove ink stains from jeans

How to remove ink stains from fabric

Found a ball pen stain on your fabric? You don’t have to relegate that favourite top or bed sheet to the recycling pile; just follow the instructions above for how to remove ink stains from clothes and you can fix that pesky stain. Luckily, our Vanish Oxi Action Powder is safe to use on delicates as well as everyday fabrics, so even if it’s a silk top or woolen sweater that’s fallen prey to a ball pen ink stain, you can still remove the stain. Plus, the powerful formula will eliminate odours and brighten your clothes at the same time. Discover more about how to remove stains from fabric with Vanish.



Always make sure you read the label on the stained garment before use. If you’re unsure, test on a small, unnoticeable area before application.

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Don’t machine dry: Like most stains, if not fully removed when wet don’t machine dry the garment as it will set the stain in, making it even harder to remove. If the item needs to dry, let it air dry slowly and away from heat.

General advice

  • Please refer to the packaging for specific product usage and advice.
  • KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND PETS. Store the product only in the original container and always fasten the lid.
  • Do not expose product to direct sunlight.
  • Before use check if colours may bleed by testing a hidden area of the fabric.
  • For best results it may be necessary to repeat parts of the process.