How To Remove Ink Pen From A Couch

An unfortunate event happened in our household this week. While I looked away for a whole 10 seconds my daughter decided she wanted to show her artistic side…on the couch.

She’s almost 2 years old, loves to draw, and has great grip after modeling her older brother. She grabbed my pen and in a split second started drawing on our couch. I caught it before it was covering the whole couch, but it still was quite a shock to see our fairly new couches written on with black ink pen. I set off to the internet, Pinterest, social media, and family & friends in search of the possibility of removing the ink from the fabric, a secret weapon or household cleaning tip.

And guess what…it worked! The couch looks just like new. It was easy and required items I already had in the house.


1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide 

1 to 2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp dish soap

1/4 cup warm water


Step 1: Mix the 4 ingredients into a spray bottle.

Step 2: If the impacted area of the couch allows you to unzip the fabric, do so and place a towel in between the fabric and the cushion. See an example below.

Step 3: As soon as possible after the ink stain was made, spray the mixture onto the pen mark.

Step 4: Use a rag or old wash cloth to blot or wipe the area. Choose one that you don’t mind getting dirty as the ink will show on the rag.

Step 5: Dampen a clean rag or washcloth with water and blot or rub over the cleaned area. Let dry.

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10 thoughts on “How To Remove Ink Pen From A Couch

  1. Awesome information. My 6 year old loves to draw…but she also loves to talk to me while holding an ink pen. Or carry it through the house with her. Those kind of accidents happen allot in our house. I will add this to my arsenal.

  2. Your tips are so helpful! The household ingredients are so simple. I am so glad to read this. If I get an ink stain on the couch, I’ll know what to do. My toddlers are in the coloring and writing (and making a general mess) stage.

  3. Happy to hear that you were able to remove the ink! Why do they get into the most mischief when we look away for just a few seconds? 🙂

  4. Ladies look no further, this works!!!! We homeschool and my 12 year old got ink pen on my new off white couch. I immediately made this recipe and actually used a q tip to wet the ink line and blotted with the clean towel. I could literally see it come off onto the towel. Thanks so much for posting. You saved my couch. ❤️

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