Does Hair Spray Really Remove Ink Stains?

Shirt With Ink Stain on Pocket
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Ink is a notorious stain. It happens so often, and much of the time, it's on our nicest clothing. Many tipsters tell us to use hair spray. But does it work?

The Secret Ingredient

Ink stains are tricky, but they sometimes respond to alcohol. Alcohol content in hair spray has been greatly reduced since my junior high days of poofed-up bangs. This is great for hair-care. Not so fab for ink stains.

Sometimes hair spray works. And when it does, it's wonderful. But a lot of times, it doesn't. Hairspray tends to work better if the fabric in question is made of polyester or a polyester blend. That being said, clothing treated with hair spray should be rinsed thoroughly whether the ink came out or not.

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