How to Get Ink Out of Your Mouth

Liquid ink is made up of pigments and dyes and used by most pen manufacturers. Ink has been used by people as far back as the 18th century for drawing and writing. While most ink used in pens today is nontoxic, it is important to not place pens in your mouth. If a pen is in the mouth and breaks, ink can spill out into the mouth.

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Wash your mouth out with water immediately after getting ink in it.

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Continue rinsing and spitting until you can get as much ink as possible out of the mouth.

Call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 if any ink was swallowed 2.

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Brush your teeth well with a non-gel toothpaste to remove ink from the mouth and teeth. Scrub the entire inside of the mouth with the toothpaste and a toothbrush. Rinse with water and repeat to remove more ink.

Pour a glass of milk, take a drink and allow the milk to sit in your mouth for as long as you can. Milk often removes ink stains. Spit the milk out and repeat.

Place a small dab of shortening in your mouth and rub it around to cover the portion of the mouth with the ink stains. Use a clean towel or paper towel to wipe the shortening and ink out of the mouth.

Make a paste of two parts vinegar and three parts cornstarch. Rub the paste on the inside of the mouth but do not swallow. Allow the paste to sit for a few minutes. Rinse your mouth out with water until all the paste and much of the ink is removed.


Keep ink pens and markers away from children to prevent ink from getting in their mouths. Avoid placing an ink pen in your mouth.


Call Poison Control immediately if a child swallows more than one ounce of ink.