How to Remove Ink Stains from Clothes

A pen is made for writing. Generally, though, that means writing on paper, not on your clothes. Yet sometimes accidents do happen. Whether from a leaked ballpoint pen or some misplaced doodles made during your morning team call, clothes covered in ink aren’t always the best look. Ball pen and other types of ink are very tough stains to take out. An old myth is that hairspray is the perfect tool for ink stain removal. Yet there is another way that doesn’t involve experimenting – it’s using Ariel PODS. Read the instructions below on how to get rid of those pesky ballpoint pen ink or ink stains in the 1st go.

Removing ink stains

  • 1

    Put the POD in the drum

    Getting rid of ink stains from your clothes has never been easier. All you need to do is simply place one Ariel All-in-1 POD at the bottom of the drum before adding your clothes to the washing machine. Use one POD for medium soiled clothes or loads of 4-5 Kg, and two PODS for heavily soiled clothes, loads over 5KG, or hard water areas. Always make sure to check dosage instructions on your pack.

  • 2

    Close the box and keep out of reach of children

    It is important to always close the Ariel PODS packs with a “Click-Clack” and keep washing capsules out of reach and away from children.

  • 3

    Don’t overload your washing machine

    Place the clothes in the washing machine and on top of the washing capsule. In case your clothes are heavily soiled, make sure you don’t overload your machine by leaving at least two palms-worth of space.

  • 4


    Select the appropriate wash cycle, based on the garments’ fabric care labels. Ariel PODS have been designed to deliver an outstanding clean, even on cold and quick cycles. However, if your clothes are heavily stained, a higher temperature and a longer cycle can also help.

  • 5


    Take the clean clothes out of the drum immediately after the wash has finished for the best results.

If the stain persists after washing, repeat the previous steps before drying, as if the stain is not completely removed drying will set the stain.

Effective stain removal on many stains

Ink stains may be uncommon, but they do happen. Often they’ll happen alongside other more common stains like coffee stainsred wine stains or fruit. When that does happen, don’t worry. Ariel has you covered against many tough stains.

Choose Ariel All-in-1 PODS washing capsules regular for great tough stain removal on your favourites. So you can say goodbye to ink stains and much more in 1 wash.