How do you get distress ink off fingers?

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Posted 3/4/2014 by thekatsmeow in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 347,059
November 2007
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Posted: 3/4/2014 2:18:45 AM
I've tried soap and water, goop, and even the ranger scrubby thingie but the peacock feathers distress ink doesn't come off for a day and a half or two at the least. Does anyone else have this trouble? What do you use to get the ink off your fingers? Thanks in advance!


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November 2004
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Posted: 3/4/2014 2:30:49 AM
I've used a shower, but also just washing my hands with soap and water. They're water soluble, comes right off... of *me* anyway.

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November 2007
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Posted: 3/4/2014 3:08:20 AM
Come to think of it, I had mod podge all over my hands before I used the distress inks and maybe that's why it wouldn't' come off?


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January 2006
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Posted: 3/4/2014 7:24:16 AM
Hand sanitizer! I keep a small bottle of it on my scrap desk.


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July 2004
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Posted: 3/4/2014 9:17:32 AM
This may sound weird, but when I did a lot of stamping and got ink all over my hands it would usually come off when I washed my hair! I don't know if it's the friction of the hair against my skin or something in shampoo that's not in regular hand soap, or the fact that it usually takes longer to wash my hair than my hands, LOL, but the ink on my fingers would just about always come all the way off. Unless it was permanent ink like Staz-On. That stuff takes a lot longer to wash off because it's not meant to.

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August 2004
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Posted: 3/4/2014 10:26:28 AM
If the ink doesn't come of my hand after washing them and showering, I use Clorox wipes

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June 2009
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Posted: 3/4/2014 10:36:42 AM
I use a pumice stone with soap and water.

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January 2000
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Posted: 3/4/2014 10:47:43 AM
I know this won't help for now really, but for future maybe?
I find I have significantly less trouble with ink staining if I make sure my skin isn't dry in the first place. I keep hand cream in my ink drawer. Obviously don't overdo it or you'll get oily fingerprints all over your project and that won't work either, but just enough so your hands don't feel like you just washed them with soap and water.

Depending on the colour, sometimes it comes right off with water that way. Some colours stain more, and something with an exfoliant helps then. Like a sugar scrub - that sort of thing. I can't use anything very harsh so tend to have sugar scrubs that are mostly coconut oil and brown sugar, and that works for me.

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November 2007
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Posted: 3/4/2014 11:12:21 AM
Thank you guys! These are great suggestions and I will try them all!


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February 2008
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Posted: 3/4/2014 5:10:45 PM
I second what Shimelle said!! If your hands are really dry, try exfoliating them (pumice or scru and moisturizing them BEFORE you work with distress products. They come off very easily if you don't have a lot of hangnails, cuticles, rough skin on your hands.

Once the 'damage' is done, washing my hair always works too!! Or waiting until the peacock blue dyed dry skin sloughs off naturally Luckily, its a pretty color!


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PeaNut 39,057
May 2002
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Posted: 3/4/2014 6:42:39 PM
Hey, Peas...StazOn All-Purpose cleaner is your new bff! It works beautifully on removing all kinds of ink. I got mine at HL, and I would bet you can find it at the other big box stores,too.

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December 2007
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Posted: 3/4/2014 7:42:29 PM
I use a pumice stone. However, I just recently saw on television where someone used shaving cream to remove regular paint from their hands. So, I thought to myself that next time I would try that and see if it works.

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November 2010
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Posted: 3/4/2014 10:38:42 PM
1. Moisturise hands with a hand cream or Vaseline.

2. Use this soap. Master's Hand Soap

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I literally had stained hands for 2x before this soap just evaporated it in seconds.

Moisturise well afterwards too.


PeaNut 188,256
January 2005
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Posted: 3/4/2014 11:00:31 PM
I have a bottle of baby shampoo on hand for washing my ink stained hands and for cleaning the scrubbies in my stamp cleaner thingy, not necessarily at the same time. For the scrub pads I use warm water and a dime size drop of baby shampoo and rub the pads with my fingers. Rinse the pads and air dry laying them flat.

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May 2007
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Posted: 3/5/2014 1:14:49 AM
Bleach works in a pinch. I pour a little bit on my hands and it comes right off.


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December 2004
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Posted: 3/5/2014 11:41:23 AM
This is why I have a box of surgical gloves at all times! I'm messy and don't like to wear my art for the next week!

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