This is probably quite a familiar situation: you’re using your printer to print out something and suddenly-you’re completely covered in printer ink. And now you desperately need a way to remove printer ink stains from yourself. Worry not! This guide will surely help you find the best-suited option for removing ink stains quickly and efficiently!
Bonus tips to naturally removing ink from skin
Emery board rubbing
Depending on the quality of the ink, some of the methods on this article may not be completely effective (or you might not want to use any chemicals). A safe and quick way is to use an emery board and rub the stained area with some soap (to reduce friction).
Pumice stone exfoliation
Pumice stones are designed to remove rough skin from feet, so they are excellent at exfoliating skin. Place the stained area in warm water for a few minutes, then rub the area gently with the stone. You will be surprised how effective this method is!
We will provide you with a wide range of options to help you fix this mess as quickly as possible. Be mindful of any skin sensitivities you might have and opt for using natural options in this case!
Which materials can help remove printer ink stains?
When deciding how to fix this issue you should first stay informed on what options for removers you have, and there are quite a few to choose from depending on what you have in your cupboard. Here is a list of removing methods:
- Nail polish remover
- Tea tree oil
- Rubbing alcohol
- Lemon juice
- Chlorine bleach
- Baby oil
- Lava soap
- White vinegar
- Sudsy ammonia
- Pumice stone
- Dish soap
- Bonus tip: If all else fails
These are the most popular options, and now we will go over how to use every one of them efficiently and quickly because it’s best to clean the ink stains before the ink dries!
#1 Nail polish remover
This powerful remover can be used for more than just removing nail polish! As every nail polish remover contains acetone and alcohol, it is commonly used to get out stubborn stains and should help in getting your hands clean from the printer ink. Here is a short guide on how to properly use this method:
- Don’t soak your hands in the remover as you will waste a lot of product unnecessarily
- Instead, use a cotton soaked in nail polish remover & start dabbing your skin gently
- Leave it to soak for a few minutes before gently rubbing the stained area
- Repeat this process as many times as needed
- Wash your hands with warm water and soap to get rid of the nail polish residue
#2 Tea tree oil
This option is a bit more gentle than the nail polish remover as tea tree oil is commonly used in skincare products. It will dry out your skin a bit, but not nearly as much as acetone would. This is probably one of the least conventional items on our list as this is not that common of a cleaning ingredient. This is how to effectively use it to remove printer ink stains:
- Act quickly as this method works best on a fresh stain
- Put a few drops of the oil on a clean dry cloth
- Gently rub your hands with the clean dry cloth
- Use a nail brush to clean harder-to-reach places, preferably a soft-bristled brush
#3 Rubbing alcohol
This household item is most definitely one that you own so using it in this situation is ideal! Rubbing or isopropyl alcohol not only disinfects but is also great at getting out stains. Here’s how to use it:
- Simply pour a bit of alcohol into a few paper towels
- Gently scrub the affected areas of your skin
- Afterward, wash your hands with warm or hot water and apply lotion as your skin will be dehydrated from this substance
#4 Lemon juice
Another item that almost everyone owns at all times! This is a natural ingredient and using it is probably the healthiest option for your skin. However, it is drying so applying some kind of a lotion is recommended. Using it is fairly simple:
- Juice one to two lemons depending on how much you stained your skin
- Mix 2 tablespoons of lemon with 2 tablespoons of liquid detergent
- Apply this mixture to your skin and leave it to sit for a while
- Rinse clean with warm water and apply lotion
#5 Chlorine bleach
This is one of the more aggressive options for getting out ink stains, but it is probably one of the most effective ones as well! Bleach can be very drying to the skin so proper aftercare is necessary. Here are a few quick steps and pieces of advice to help you in this process:
- Mix bleach and water in a 1:10 ratio (ten parts water and one parts bleach)
- You must dilute mixture in order to prevent it from being too strong and burning you
- Apply said mixture to the affected area
- Be careful not to rub this too harshly into your skin
- Immediately rinse clean with cold water and apply lotion
#6 Baby oil
A gentler option that will also moisturize your skin! This type of oil is known to be gentle as it is designed for baby skin and will leave your hands and skin feeling soft and amazing! But you still have to wash your hands. In order to use this method follow these steps:
- Apply baby oil to your skin
- Leave to sit for a short while
- Thoroughly wash your hands until they are completely clean
#7 Lava soap
This is one of the more popular brand names of soap and it is great for removing ink stains! Soap is already intended to be used on human skin so it will not harm you in any way whatsoever. This method is pretty self-explanatory but still very helpful.
- Lather your hands with this soap
- Rub for a few minutes to get every bit of ink out
- Use warm water while washing
- Dry thoroughly
#8 White vinegar
This is another natural option for removing ink stains using household items. Besides vinegar, you will also need cornstarch to complete this method. Here is a helpful guide on using this method:
- You firstly must mix the vinegar with cornstarch
- To this, you will use the ratio of 2:3
- Apply this mixture to the stained parts
- This method can be used to remove ink stains from white fabric
#9 Sudsy ammonia
This option is another chemical one but it will most definitely help you with getting rid of ink stains! In order to remove ink stains using sudsy ammonia or glass cleaner you will have to keep a few things in mind:
- You will have to spray this solution evenly on your skin
- Let it sit on your skin for a few minutes
- Gently rub your skin
- Wash and rinse your hands thoroughly
#10 Pumice stone
This at first sight weird item could indeed be used for removing ink stains! In combination with the aforementioned glass cleaner, this item will work like a charm! And here’s how:
- As stated before, spray your skin with a generous amount of glass cleaner
- Let it sit for a while
- Instead of rinsing it right away, use this exfoliating product
- Gently rub the stained area with the stone
- This will gently but efficiently remove printer ink from your skin
#11 Dish soap
Another soapy solution for your ink messes! Once you’ve removed the stains made from the toner, another option for removing the remaining ink stain is this method. But don’t use dish soap by itself! You will need bleach as well, and here’s a helpful guide:
- Mix together dish soap and bleach in a ratio of 1:1 and pour it into cold water (half a gallon to be exact)
- This pasty mixture should be applied evenly to the stained area
- Leave it to sit for a while
- As both soap and bleach are drying, use some sort of lotion on your skin afterward
Bonus tip: Remove Printer Ink From Hands [01 mins 34 secs]
You may find that some of these tips weren’t as affective as you hoped. This will depend on the amount of ink on your skin. Therefore, if non of the above solutions worked, try this bonus tip!
Oh, and best of all, there are no chemicals involved.
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Getting rid of ink or toner stains can be pretty annoying. Whether we’re talking about spilled ink, a paper jam, or a broken ink cartridge, this situation is always messy and unexpected, so having a few options on hand can be of great help. Instead of rushing to grab only a paper towel to hopefully clean yourself off, consider picking up one of the aforementioned ingredients to ensure your success with cleaning up!
The quicker you can get the removal process started, the easier it will be to remove the ink. Try not and rub the ink for it to spread over a greater area of your skin. Along with helping the ink dry quicker, you have also spread the ink over a larger area of your skin. This just means more work!
How to remove printeri ink from skin?
Whenever ink spills it is a huge inconvenience and a speedy clean-up is necessary. In order to quickly remove the ink try to use ingredients such as isopropyl alcohol, bleach, vinegar, or baby oil. With all of these methods, it is necessary to leave the product on your skin for a few minutes to do its job and then wash your hands until they are completely clean.
Are there natural alternatives to using chemical removers?
Yes, there are! Your best options would be to juice a lemon, use vinegar or tea tree oil which are all completely natural.
What is the quickest way to remove printer ink?
If you want to quickly remove ink stains you should opt for stronger removers like bleach or glass cleaner or rubbing alcohol.
Is printer ink toxic?
No matter its black color, printer ink is in fact not toxic to the skin but it should be removed as it is not supposed to be there for longer periods of time.