Cleaning fanatics debate best way to get ink out of clothes – and a 89p trick is said to be best for nightmare stains

EVERYONE knows the unpleasant feeling of having stains on your bright white shirt or bed sheet.

But that doesn’t mean you should throw it away or give up trying to remove stains.

Fans of Mrs. Hinch's cleaning have come together to debate the best technique for removing stains


Fans of Mrs. Hinch’s cleaning have come together to debate the best technique for removing stainsCredit: Getty
A cleaning buff asked for some advice on how to remove biological stains from bed sheets


A cleaning buff asked for some advice on how to remove biological stains from bed sheetsCredit: Facebook / Cleaning tips and tricks

Cleaning fans have revealed the trick – and it’s more surprising than you think.

Taking to Facebook, one person asked the Facebook page of cleaning fans Mrs. Hinch whose name is Cleaning tips and tricks for some tips on removing ink stains from their white sheets.

They wrote: “Write some ink on the paper.

“I tried white vinegar, which is quite liquid and soluble. None of them seem to have worked. Does anyone have any other ideas?”

The post attracted a lot of attention with many debates about which cleaning hack is the best.

One wrote: “I have it on my work uniform and have tried everything.

“Nothing will make it fade a bit, try alcohol-based hand sanitizer, or nail polish remover and just dab it.”

While another suggested: “Try an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.”

The third person said: “Soak the milk for a few hours, then wash it normally and dry it in the sun for a few hours.”

There are a few suggestions for using hairspray, which can be costly 89p from Saver.

One cleaning fan added: “Spray the hairspray thoroughly and blot with a clean cloth.

“Just like that, the alcohol in the hairspray will break the ink in the fibers and the ink will flow and release.

“Continue to spray and absorb, eventually ink stains will appear.”

Another asked: “Does it work on biro shots? Thanks I have some on my duvet cover.

“Even if it was washed a few times?”
And they replied, “Yes, it will work, it will work.

“The alcohol in the hairspray will break up the ink stains on the fabric.

“The ink soaks into the fibers of the fabric, so it is very difficult to remove.

“You don’t need a fancy hairspray – just a simple cheap one.

“Place hairspray near the fabric and soak up the ink stains.

“Remember to put an old towel or cloth behind the stain so the ink doesn’t stain anything it touches.

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“The ink will break off and spread. Continue to soak and spray it.

The last one said: “Alcohol or nail polish remover.”

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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