So... How To Remove Indelible Ink, Ah?

Here is a list of tried and tested tips.

Cover image via Peter Chow via Facebook

Malaysia's 14th General Election (GE) took place on 9 May and it was one for the history books

Two days later, many voters are still walking around with stained index fingers, thanks to the indelible ink used to prevent electoral fraud on polling day

Image via Zaidi

Some Malaysians expressed their sense of pride in sporting an ink stained finger, indicating to everyone in sight that they had exercised their right to vote.

Meanwhile, others had gotten over the voting excitement and are ready to shed the purple 'Thanos' look

For those who don't want to wait for it to wear off naturally, here are a few tried and tested tips!

According to the EC deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar, the ink could remain on a finger for up to five days, The Star reported.

We can imagine that there would be more possible ways of cleaning it off, but here are four methods that many swear by!

1. Bleach mixture (yikes, that's harsh!)

Bleach is by far the most popular solution on social media.

In a Facebook video that has been shared over 2,000 at the time of writing, the ink from a man's finger can be seen fading in mere seconds after being dipped in a mixture of clorox and limes.

While this trick may work, it is not advisable for bleach to be applied onto skin, as it may result in itching, burning, or other forms of skin irritation.

2. Dishwashing detergent

In this Youtube video, a man experimented with toothpaste, hand sanitiser, nail polish remover, and dishwashing detergent to determine which solution is most effective in removing indelible ink. 

According to the Youtuber, the dishwashing detergent worked best!

3. Toothpaste

Some have taken to social media to report that toothpaste also does the trick.

4. Nail polish remover (I tried this but it was meh)

After aggressively rubbing nail polish remover on my finger for 5-10 minutes, the ink only faded slightly.

Have you tried any of these methods? Which worked for you best?

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