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How do you get ink off your fingers?

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#1 BklynWriter



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Posted 20 December 2007 - 00:56

I do remember someone said they used shampoo to remove ink from their fingers. That doesn't seem to be working for me.

What are your home remedies from removing ink (Noodlers & Private Reserve) from skin?


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Posted 20 December 2007 - 01:04

Alcohol prep pads if dish detergent doesn't work. Lemon rinds bleach nicely too if you happen to be slicing citrus and your fingers smell nice. thumbup.gif

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 01:08

shampoo, warm water and something to rub it against (hair) works damn well!
best to remove suit first though...
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Posted 20 December 2007 - 02:02

QUOTE(BklynWriter @ Dec 19 2007, 04:56 PM) View Post
I do remember someone said they used shampoo to remove ink from their fingers. That doesn't seem to be working for me.

What are your home remedies from removing ink (Noodlers & Private Reserve) from skin?



I use liquid soap and and the rough side of a scrub sponge. It works every time!
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Posted 20 December 2007 - 02:07

I use a bar of Lava soap, takes it off faster and more completely than anything else I have tried.

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 02:35

My NOS bottle of Penman Sapphire arrived the other day. Unfortunately, the air pressure gods in the 'plane were not kind, and it leaked. Not enough to be significant, but enough to have this result ---
Penman Sapphire is such a pretty blue, isn't it?
I used Windex (mild alkali - ammonia??) followed by several hand-washings with a lemon-flavoured liquid hand soap, and that got rid of much of the ink.
BTW, I service large format HP printers (the two metre kind) for a living, and I often come home with my hands a lovely shade of grey/black, the colour you get when you mix all six colours on your hands. The ink doesn't come off until the next shower, so it seems that the ultimate fix is hot water, soap, shampoo and several minutes of washing.


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Posted 20 December 2007 - 02:49

QUOTE(BklynWriter @ Dec 20 2007, 02:56 AM) View Post
What are your home remedies from removing ink (Noodlers & Private Reserve) from skin?

It seems my liquid soap that is made of flax seed oil removes ink a little bit better than other liquid soaps. I have also heard that dish washing machine powder removes ink from hands easily.

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 03:15

There's always another option... You're a fountain pen enthusiast, don't bother washing it off -- wear it with pride!! cool.gif

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 05:47

Ink Nix takes saturated inks (Levenger, Noodler's waterproof and non-waterproof) off of my skin and out of my sink faster and more thoroughly than Amodex does.

Ink Nix also takes more skin oils with it than Amodex does. That's probably why Ink Nix works better on skin. If you buy Ink Nix, don't keep it in that not-very-airtight bottle.

Conversely, Amodex takes both more-saturated and less-saturated inks out of fabrics just fine.

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 07:36


better than anything else.
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Posted 20 December 2007 - 08:28

I constantly have ink on my fingers. In fact if one day I woke up and discovered my fingers not stained with blue or black, I'd think the world had just ended. It results from various factors. My love of fountain pens, my love of dip pens, my love of black inks and my carelessness and general clumsiness.

My remedy for removing ink is to let it come out in it's own time. A few handscrubbings with warm water, liquid soap and one or two showers with lots of general cleaning & scrubbing will remove the ink-stains on my hands within 24-48 hours.
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Posted 20 December 2007 - 08:33

I must be some sort of rough ol' monkey, I use glasspaper!

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 15:36

A very tiny sprinkle of dry dishwasher detergent on wet hands. The abrasiveness of the powder plus the detergent power works pretty well.

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 16:03

I use an ammonia based glass cleaner, a fiberious scrub pad and/or small stiff nailbrush, elbow grease. The flax based soap seems like a good suggestion and the pumice based soaps should be good too.

Edited by hardyb, 20 December 2007 - 16:03.

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 16:24

Shampooing your hair works great, Ink Nix is excellent and a bottle stays in my drawer, Amodex is pretty good, and dish soap and a scrub pad work pretty well also.
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Posted 20 December 2007 - 16:25

Lava soap for most, but more aggressive solutions for the really tough inks. By the way, Omas Blue is some kind of tough; I finally had to trim my fingernails to get it off of them after two weeks of effort.

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 17:03

Deb, a surefire way of getting ink off your hands is to prevent it from getting there in the first place. What I would
suggest is that the next time you enter the boardroom you don a pair of down mittens before you begin to take notes......this works every time... lticaptd.gif

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 18:38

For those using Comet or dishwasher detergent, note that those (except for organic dishwasher detergents) have lots of bleach in them. It's the bleach that takes out the ink. It will also take out the colors from your clothes if you don't rinse *a lot*.

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 00:06

Soap and water.

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 22:50

I typically wouldn't post to an old thread, but I see my favorite isn't here. I use The Masters Artists Hand Soap - http://www.dickblick.com/zz049/04/ I usually get it at the local craft store (Michael's carries it in the oil/acrylic section).

It has an exfoliant (pumice maybe?) in it and I find it gets the majority of my inky hands clean without resorting to chemical warfare - my sensitive skin aches at the thought of scrubbing up with Comet!

Edited by KeatsPhD, 14 March 2008 - 22:51.

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