Making art can be a messy activity sometimes. And even when wearing an apron, accidents do happen so..........
Try to remember when your child's art day is and encourage him/her to dress appopriately on those days. Play clothes, not dressy clothes, are best and droopy sleeves can be a problem. If your child should come home with paint or other art supplies on his/her clothes, here are some suggestions. Quick treatment and elbow grease are required in all of them.
The mess-BALLPOINT PEN: Ink is a very stubborn stain but can sometimes be removed or minimized. Try spraying the ink with hair spray and rinsing with water. Or blot with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol, rinse, then wash in the hottest water safe for fabric.
The mess-FELT TIP PEN: Blot with denatured alcohol and a cotton swab. Wash using soap flakes, which removes ink stains better than liquid detergent.
The mess-PENCIL: Blot stains with a solution of one teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent and one cup of warm water. Then launder according to fabric instructions.
The mess-ACRYLIC PAINT: If the paint is still set, blot it and then sponge with cold water. Then wash according to label instructions. If the paint is dry, try denatured alcohol, then launder.
The mess-OIL BASED PAINT OR OIL CRAYON: Blot with turpentine, Sponge with cold water. Repeat several times. Don't launder until stain is removed because washing will set the stain.
The mess-TEMPERA PAINTS OR WATERCOLOR PAINTS: Remove as much as possible with water. RUb with an old toothbrush or scrub brush. THen rub detergent into the stain and launder.