One of the most annoying things in everyday office life and at home – ink on clothing or skin. The beautiful new blouse, the fresh white shirt – messed up! They think? Then here are a few tips on how to (possibly) get the stubborn stuff out again. If you need to sell unused toner cartridges, then contact us.
printer ink on fingers
A special washing paste is recommended to get the printing ink out of the skin again. However, since this is not always available, there are a few “home remedies” that also work wonderfully. First of all: It won’t work with just water and normal soap!
Tip 1 against ink on your hands:
baking soda with lemon and water
Simply mix a packet of baking soda with a little lemon and water. Then simply rub the mixture onto your hands (or the area of skin where the ink struck) and rinse well.
Tip 2 against ink on fingers and hands:
Granted – the stuff is quite aggressive to the skin. But you don’t use it all the time. Simply take some washing powder with lukewarm water in your hand and then rub it together with the baking powder and lemon mixture in your hands. Should work! Since, as already mentioned, washing powder is not without its problems, you should wash your hands afterwards with normal soap and possibly apply a hand cream. This keeps your skin nice and supple and there is no itchy redness.
Tip 3 against printer ink on the skin:
Commercial dishwashing detergent
If you don’t have baking soda, lemon or washing powder in the house, there is only tip 3 for you against annoying ink on fingers and other skin areas. You should definitely have dishwashing liquid at home. You can even find dishwashing liquid somewhere in an office with a small kitchenette. Simply take the washing-up liquid (alternatively the finely crumbled dishwasher tab) in your hand and mix it with a little water. Just wash your hands normally. With a little patience, the ink should actually be completely gone from your skin.
Printer ink on clothing
It gets a little more complicated once the printer ink has settled in the clothing. Therefore, if ink lands on your shirt, pants, etc., you have to react quickly. Nevertheless, there are a few tricks on how you can possibly save the clothes.
The ultimate tip against printer ink on textiles: hairspray & vinegar
If it actually happens through carelessness that printer ink lands on your clothes, it needs direct special treatment. Unfortunately, normal washing is not enough here.
- Spray the stain with hairspray! What, you don’t use hairspray? Just ask the nice, young colleague you always wanted to talk to. She certainly has some in her handbag to fix her head of hair. A good opportunity to start a conversation. But back to the topic: the hairspray causes the color particles of the ink to come loose from the fibers of the clothing.
- Soak the garment in water to which you have added vinegar! After applying the hairspray and letting it set for a few minutes, you need to soak your shirt, pants – or whatever else you wear – in vinegar water. If the paint landed on your bra and your colleague’s underwear at the same time, it’s best not to let your boss know about it. That might raise weird, awkward questions. Otherwise, simply soak the garment for about 30 minutes. Incidentally, the vinegar does not have to be the expensive Aceto Balsamico with an extra long maturation period – vinegar essence is the perfect choice here. If the stain has not faded after this procedure, simply repeat the process and let the garment soak a little longer.
Why is printer ink so stubborn?
The reason ink is so tenacious on clothing and skin is because of its composition. In a separate article we have already dealt in detail with the composition and history of the ink. If you have the time and inclination, read a little smarter here.
The colorants and pigments in printer ink must above all be colorfast and waterproof, and have fast drying times. After all, you don’t want greasy printouts. However, what is an advantage when printing is a disadvantage when the ink ends up on clothing or elsewhere.
When the ink lands on the desk
Wipe it away quickly! are you still reading? When we say fast, we actually mean really fast. Once dried, nothing really helps here. Except for real wood furniture – you can sand it down and repaint it.
Ink stains on carpets and upholstery
If the valuable printer ink has landed on the floor, more precisely on a carpet (or upholstery fabrics etc.), proceed in a similar way to the stains on clothing. The proven hairspray and vinegar will help here again! Another chance to talk to the nice colleague. Or have you gotten your own hairspray in the meantime? But since such a carpet or armchair is difficult to soak in a sink, you have to rub the vinegar water into the stain. If it doesn’t work right away, let the home remedy work for a little and repeat the process.
In general, the following applies to printer ink on clothing, upholstery or skin: be quick! The longer you wait, the more solid the liquid from the ink cartridges will settle. But if the printer cartridge is already empty – send it to GeldFuerMuell. This is how you earn a little pocket money and do something good for the environment in the long term. When looking for a replacement, there are also numerous inexpensive alternatives for the original printer cartridges for inkjet printers today.
Toner paint or powder on clothing and skin
If you use a laser printer, you won’t have a hard time removing the stains. Just wash your hands in cold water. Toner powder is thermoactive.
Tips to avoid unsightly ink stains on clothes and floors
Now that you know how to get the ink off your skin and (possibly) off your clothing – but of course we assume no liability – it’s more important that something like this doesn’t happen in the first place.
- Be careful when moving your printer Moving inkjet printers is not uncommon for “ink spills”. Many printers have built-in sponges, which collect residual ink when the cartridges are in the rest position. At some point they just fill up. When the printer is tilted, all the ink will spill out.
- Never refill ink cartridges yourself! There are tons of tips on how to refill ink cartridges on the internet. It often looks easy, but it isn’t at all. And it is not uncommon for you to mess up your clothes, or in the worst case the whole place. Instead, we buy the empty cartridges from you and put them back into the goods cycle. And if the high cost of original manufacturer ink cartridges puts you off – there are alternatives that are not only cheaper, but some are also more reliable and better performing.