We all use printers on a regular basis for personal and business reasons. While they certainly are handy gadgets, sometimes their ink can cause a big mess. Getting it on your hands can have you scrubbing for hours, and getting it on your clothes can have you donating that expensive sports suit or throwing out that brand new blouse. Fortunately, there are some simple solutions. Following them can help you to keep your hands looking spotless and get those stubborn stains out.
When printer ink gets on your hands, the best thing to do is begin with a good scrub. In some cases, good old soap and water will do the trick and get the ink out. If that does not work, try a little rubbing alcohol. Using a soaked cotton ball or cloth, wipe your hands with alcohol until they come clean. A quick spray of Windex or hairspray can provide the same cleaning benefits in a pinch. When you are finished, grab some lotion to add much needed moisture back into your skin.
1. Tea Tree Oil
For people who prefer more natural methods of removing ink from hands and skin, tea tree oil is a great option. Simply put a few drops on your hands, and wipe with a paper towel or washcloth to get the ink out. Tea tree oil can also be drying, so make sure to have some lotion on hand once you have removed the ink.
If your printer’s ink has traveled to your favorite shirt or pants, alcohol can help you to get the stains out of those too. For best results, try to remove the ink stains when they are fresh and have not yet set in. Simply take the alcohol and dab, never rub, until ink is no longer removed onto the towel. Once this happens, wash your clothes as usual as soon as you can.
3. Stain Stick
Another great thing to have on hand for unexpected accidents is a stain stick. These are available at most drug and grocery stores, and they can be applied to fresh stains to keep them from setting in. While some will actually remove the stain, others will keep the ink from drying so it can be more easily removed at a later time. This is really handy if you are at work or otherwise away from home and cannot attend to the ink spots right away.
4. Professional Cleaner
If your clothes are dry clean only, these methods may work, but it is a good idea to consult with a professional cleaner first. Some garments are made of materials that alcohol and stain removers can ruin, and in those cases, using these products may do more harm than good.
Printer ink accidents happen, but when they do, it helps to have some knowledge and be prepared. By working quickly to get stubborn stains out of hands and clothes, you can keep yourself looking professional and feeling fresh and clean all day long.