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Just some helpful advice on dealing with ink stains from a 1909 Household hints book I found.

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BOILING??? That's the trick? I may try that.

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Both solutions would be for iron-gall inks, as the active ingredient of those inks is a special form of rust.

 

Now all we need is someone to donate a piece of white clothing for testing with some Registrar's Ink.

 

And BTW, where do you get oxalic acid from these days?

 

Also lemon juice and a few hours of sunlight keep on coming up on the Internet as rust stain removers from clothes.

 

And does anybody remember Rustiban? It was a solution of 8 ~ 10% Hydrofluoric acid that instantly dissolved rust stains without putting holes in your clothes.

 

And don't forget for non-iron-gall inks that mild ammonia solutions (like window cleaner) can remove a lot of ink stains.

And there's bleach.

 

However, for cellulose-reactive inks (Noodler's Bulletproof and Private Reserve Invincible) there is no solution once it has dried.

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ScienceChick

Oxalic acid is available on U.S. Amazon (of course). Chemical supply companies like Carolina Biological Supply and Flinn Scientific. Apparently it's used in a lot of wood bleaches.

 

On Monday, I'll root around in the supply room where I teach. If there's oxalic acid, I'll sacrifice some white fabric and see how it works. I'll try it on some colored fabric, too, just for giggles.

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Sciencechick, if you have access to a school supply closet (lucky you), grab some "Whiteboard Cleaner". Wonderful stuff for removing fountain pen ink stains from clothes and all sorts of surfaces.

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Sciencechick, if you have access to a school supply closet (lucky you), grab some "Whiteboard Cleaner". Wonderful stuff for removing fountain pen ink stains from clothes and all sorts of surfaces.

 

I have whiteboard cleaner in my classroom so thanks for that tip!

 

I have keys to the chemical supply room and have ingratiated myself with woman who holds the keys to the school supply closet. Life is good :)

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I have whiteboard cleaner in my classroom so thanks for that tip!

 

I have keys to the chemical supply room and have ingratiated myself with woman who holds the keys to the school supply closet. Life is good :)

Yes, that's what I tell the newbie teachers when I run training workshops.

 

They're two people you should never ever get on the bad side of, the person setting the schedules and the women (why is it always a woman?) with the keys to the supply closet.

 

Find out what her favorite kind cookies/pastry/etc is and your academic year will go very smooth indeed.

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Oxalic acid is found in hardware stores. I personally would not use it on anything except rust stains on white linen or white cotton, and I would try almost anything else first (do not ever use chlorine bleach on linen, however). It is a powerful bleaching agent.

 

Pouring boiling water from a height over stretched cloth to remove stains -- all kinds of stains -- is still recommended. But only for white and colorfast linen. Not cotton and certainly not anything synthetic or rayon.

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Oxalic acid is in Bar Keepers Friend, an excellent cleanser even if it is missing an essential apostrophe. Might be worth a shot. I doubt it's particularly good for clothes, but I've had minor splashes and the like when doing the dishes without seeing any bleaching of my clothes.

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In my short pants days, when pens blobbed & leaked at will, lemon or vinegar was the first line of attack on ink stains.

Living in post WW II Stalinist Europe did not give us too many cleaning product options, however vinegar at least was readily available & it did the trick.

I dropped my school pen on our Persian rug (could not sit down for a week,...now considered child abuse), but vinegar then caustic laundry soap, made the long stain almost invisible.

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I haven't forgotten this. There was no oxalic acid in the chem supply room so I ordered some; it arrived this past weekend and I hope to try it out this coming weekend.

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