How to Clean and Remove Ink Off Hands

As an ink remanufacturer and filler, many people at home attempt to re-fill their ink cartridges and find that the ink used in printers is very hard to clean off. Unlike typical pen ink, printer ink is designed to be very permanent and it can be very hard to clean off. This is because most home printers use aqueous inks based on a mixture of water, glycol and some dyes or pigments. These dyes and pigments are what stay on your hands after an accidental spill or mis-hap.

Here are some of the best solutions of removing ink off your hands that I’ve found. Your results may vary depending on the type and color of ink you have on your skin.

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1. Soap

First, just like your mom would suggest, use soap and warm water to see how much of it you can get off. I’m sure most of the people reading this article have tried this; I just wanted to cover all the basics first.

2. Lava Soap

After you’ve tried to wash your hands with regular soap, step up a notch and purchase some lava soap. It’s commonly known as black soap and is made by WD-40. What sets this soap apart from regular soap is that it’s made with ground pumice, which is material that comes from lava (hence the name). With this added ingredient, it usually gets ink right off.

3. Hairspray

Another common household item that can be used to clean off ink (either on your hands or on other surfaces) is common hairspray. Simply spray it on the area of ink and let sit for 6-10 seconds. Then wash with soap and warm water.

4. Bleach

If, after all these methods, you’re still seeing ink on your hands, I would recommend taking 1 part bleach and 10 parts water and soaking your hands for a few minutes. The bleach should clean the remaining ink off your hands. After you clean your hands, I would recommend applying a hand moisturizer since the bleach can remove more then just ink.

If you have any other suggestions or tips on how you cleaned ink off your hands, feel free to comment on this page for others who find these 4 tips don’t fully get the ink off.

155 Replies to “How to Clean and Remove Ink Off Hands”

  1. I used the bleach mixed with water and it removed all the ink from my hands. I washed my hands immediately after the ink was gone.

  2. First, I tried Nail Polish remover. Tben I tried peroxide. After that, I used hairspray & toothpaste made it lighter. 😉

  3. bleach:water – 1:10 worked like a charm. only dipped my fingers in for under a minute since bleach is so harsh, even diluted but i just scrubbed with my fingers and it worked great. going to trim my nails now since there is a little left in those hard to reach parts. thanks!!

  4. I tried the hairspray and soap. then i soaked dawn dish soap on hands (no water) and massage it in, it got most of it then i did the same with oxi clean max force gel stick, that seemed to do the trick, but because i had the ink on there for a while i spot treated with bleach and it got the remainder of ink off

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