How to remove Highlighter Ink Stains

How to remove Highlighter Ink Stains


Highlighter ink is a different composition that all other inks, many of them are water based. What a relief, that HUGE highlighter ink stain is not permanent. As a matter of fact, it’s fairly easy to remove it.

Dawn Dishwashing Liquid:

1.      Create a pre spotting solution with 1 part Dawn Dishwashing Liquid and 3 parts water.

2.      Fold a paper towel into a small square pad and place it under the Highlighter Ink stain.

3.      Apply the solution directly to the Highlighter Ink stain.

4.      Tamp the stained area with a toothbrush to help the solution penetrate into the stain.

5.       Wait few minutes.

6.      With another paper towel folded into a small square, blot the stained area.

7.      Repeat steps 2 to 6 until the Highlighter Ink no longer transfer to the paper towel.

8.      Rinse area with fresh water.


When done removing the stain always finish by cleaning the entire item per manufacture care instructions. Even benign spotting agents such as these will oxidize and yellow over time.

Seek professional help if necessary. If you have a good relationship with your green dry cleaners they will be more than happy to help you with stain removal and cleaning questions.



Karl Huie

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