If you're scrambling to finish a homework assignment or school project, it's not uncommon to look down to find you've accidentally dropped your pen on your clothes. If an ink pen has marred your white sweater, you may think that the stain will never fade. However, as long as your sweater isn't dry clean only, you can tackle the ink stain at home.

Step 1

Dampen a white cloth with dry-cleaning solvent. Dab the ink stain with the cloth to stop the color from bleeding and spreading. Rinse the stain with cool water.

Step 2

Blot the stain with a cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol. Allow to air-dry.

Step 3

If the stain remains, spot-treat the stain by rubbing it with liquid laundry detergent. Allow the detergent to set in overnight, then rinse with cool water.

Step 4

Blot the ink with pre-wash stain remover, then launder the sweater according to its care and content label.