It is not uncommon to get ink stains on your hands. After all, we use our hands to write and draw. In most cases, ink is not toxic, so it isn’t hazardous to have it on our skin. That being said, having ink stains on our hands can be unsightly. You can scrub ink stains on your skin with soap and water, but you have to scrub for a long time to get rid of them altogether. To get rid of ink stains you need to absorb or dissolve them. Fortunately, you can do this with common household items.

Things You'll Need

Rub a glob of shortening on your ink stained hands. Rub the shortening in to the stain with your fingertips.

Wipe the shortening off your hands with a paper towel.

Moisten a cotton ball with nail polish remover. Wipe the ink stains on your hands with the cotton ball. Continue to wipe the stained spots until the ink is gone. This step is only necessary if the stains didn’t come off with the shortening.

Wash your hands with hand soap and warm water to remove all traces of nail polish remover.

Dry hands with a soft cloth. Apply hand lotion to prevent dry skin from nail polish remover.