How to Remove a Highlighter Stain on Clothes

What You'll Need
Laundry pre-treatment Solution
Laundry detergent
Rubbing alcohol or isopropyl
Nail polish remover
Hair spray
Salt water
Plain cold water
Clean white cloth or paper napkins

A highlighter stain can sneakily find its way onto t-shirts and shirts when you maybe engrossed in reading or studying. Colors like pink, green, yellow and orange may seem tough to get out but it is possible to remove a highlighter stain with a few simple ingredients and some vigorous washing. As with all stains, speed is of utmost importance. Treat the stain as soon as you spot it. Here are the materials needed to get out highlighter stains from clothing.

Step 1 - Prep the Stain

Gently swab a fresh highlighter stain with paper napkins or a clean white cloth to blot any excess and prevent it from soaking deeper into the fabric. Then, apply a laundry pre-treatment solution. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes before beginning to wash the stain out.

Step 2 - Washing the Stain Out

If the highlighter stain doesn’t go away after being treated with the pre-treatment solution, use plain laundry detergent and water and gently rub over the stain. Avoid using a bar soap to rub the stain since most bar soaps tend to cause stains to set. Do not scrub it, since scrubbing will cause the stain to seep further into the fibers of certain fabrics. Rinse and rub again. This process may have to be repeated several times to get the stain out.

If washing the highlighter stain with laundry detergent doesn’t work, use rubbing alcohol. First do test the alcohol on a seam or hidden part of the clothing to make sure it doesn’t react or cause the color to fade. Next place the stained clothing on a clean white towel and pour the rubbing alcohol on the stain. Blot the stain with another clean towel and keep pouring and blotting while moving the stained clothing to clean parts of the towel to prevent the stain from seeping back in.

Nail polish remover (non-acetone variety) may also be used in the same way as rubbing alcohol. Do remember to test it on the fabric as well. Hairspray can also be sprayed onto the highlighter stain then blotted gently with a clean towel.

Step 3 - Soaking and Rinsing Stained Clothes

Once the highlighter stain has faded away, soak the clothing in salt water for a couple of hours and then wash as usual. Use cold water for soaking and rinsing the clothes and do not use bleach to remove a highlighter stain.

Step 4 - Drying the Clothes

Line dry the stained item in the sunlight to naturally bleach out any remnants of the stain and leave your clothes looking as good as new.