You open the dryer door to find the colorful evidence of a pen that made it through the wash. This is a guide about cleaning ink out of a dryer.
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To remove ink use rubbing alcohol. Put some rubbing alcohol into a small cup. Using an old toothbrush dipped in the alcohol, gently scrub at the ink. Once you have remove the ink, wipe up any excess alcohol. Leave the door open for awhile and allow the dryer to air out.
What I found that works on any stain, grass, tar, ink, you name it is "non-chlorinated brake cleaner". This will work on any ink that has transferred to the clothing too. You can get it at any auto parts store. Apply small amounts to the ink using an old toothbrush. Wipe out any excess fluid with a paper towel. Make sure you use it in a well-ventilated area or turn on a fan. Once you have removed the ink, leave your dryer door open and allow it to air out.
By Mr. Mom
Try using a product called Goof Off available at home improvement stores. It has removed ink from my dryer several times.
This happened to me several years ago when my son left a pen in his pocket. I used paint remover and hair spray. I put it on a rag (separately), then scrubbed and scrubbed. Then I washed out the paint remover with more rags with soap and water on them. Next I tumbled wet rags in it several times to make sure it was all gone and the smell was gone. Trust me, I always checked pockets after that.
Note: Be careful not to stick your head inside the dryer while you work or you will be essentially using ''paint sniffing" drugs.
Pure Acetone nail polish remover poured on a magic eraser works like a charm. The ink that my roommate got on my dryer came right up using this method. I should have made her do it!
Make a solution of bleach and water. Completely immerse some white towels in the solution and using rubber gloves wring out most of the water from the towels. They should be just damp and not dripping. Next throw the towels in the dryer and turn it on. The bleach will take the ink out after one to two applications of this process.
After you get all the ink out, wipe the dryer down with plain water, making sure to wipe enough to remove all the bleach. Leave the dryer door open to air dry afterward. To be extra sure all the bleach is removed after cleaning you can run whites through the next dryer cycle.
By Renea from Pittston Twp, PA
I recently had ink all over my dryer. I used laundry stain remover and Comet, made into a paste. Just rinse and let dry. It came off so easily.
I tried several ideas and this is what worked for me. My dryer has a white drum and it was covered in ink (about 80%). I soaked a old clean towel in a hot water/bleach solution. I used a half of bucket water with 2 cups of bleach. I let the rag soak and then I put the dripping rag in the dryer. I ran it on high heat for about 30 minutes. It really works!
It removed most of the stains. I cleaned the rest up with a Mr Clean Magic Eraser with nail polish remover. All the stains are completely gone. I never thought I would get them out. I washed the drum out good with a warm soapy rag to pick up any residue.
To get ink off a dryer drum soak towel in bleach and put in dryer, run dryer for 5 to 10 minutes. I tried other tips on this website but they did not work. The bleach towel trick did.
Editor's Note: Be sure you use a diluted bleach solution and make sure all bleach residue is removed from dryer before using it to dry clean clothes.
I tried everything and the only thing that worked was nail polish remover. I put the remover on a white rag and rubbed on the ink. I then ran the dryer for 10 minutes with old towels in the dryer. Good as new.
By Tracy L. M.
I looked on this site to find an answer to remove ink from a dryer drum. Many said to use fingernail polish remover, too many fumes for me. I tried some hairspray and that was too messy and also stunk. I then tried Scrubbing Bubbles Action Scrubber and it did not stink. It took the ink off so easy. Do wear rubber gloves. Wipe it down with a wet cloth when done. It was so easy. I had it cleaned within 45 minutes.
Thank you for your suggestions.
Hope this one helps.
Kat from Ohio
Use Carburetor Cleaner! You spray on, it comes right off. NO scrubbing, NO mess. This works great and fast but must be cleaned up properly and ventilated.Make sure the dryer is not hot, and don't run it for at least an hour or two afterward. You may need a few cans.
CAUTION: Carburetor Cleaner is HIGHLY FLAMMABLE. Don't use this method unless you are familiar with using this type of solvent.
Make sure you only spray small areas at a time, cover any open areas or vents with masking tape. When ink is removed, wipe down dryer with a dishwashing soap to go over the area removing any carb fluids left behind. Remove the masking tape before running dryer.
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Here are questions related to Cleaning Ink Out of a Dryer.
How do you get ink out of the dryer drum?
By Mary from Brentwood, CA
I just want to thank all of you for saving me and my dryer. I tried the bleach and water towel in the dryer and it worked great! I was amazed!
How do I get ink out of the dryer?
By WMAST from Capitol Heights, MD
I take a paper towel and rubbing alcohol. This does the trick for me.
How do you get pen ink out of a dryer?
By Robyn Fed02/11/2012
Get some old towels and household bleach. This method takes time but it works.
The old towels are soaked in bleach and water solution.
Place inside the dryer and turn it on.
It may take a few tries but it should work....
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How do you remove ink from a dryer?
By Gerri from Fontana, CA
By Eileen M.06/02/2011
Try the gel-type hand sanitizer (mostly alcohol) on an old sock or other rag, glop on the sanitizer and rub like crazy. Be sure to rub all the sanitizer off when you are done so you don't start a fire.
How do I remove ink from inside a dryer drum?
By Cyndi D.
This happened to me several years ago when my son left a pen in his pocket. I used paint remover and hair spray. I put it on a rag (separately) and scrubbed and scrubbed. (Be careful not to stick your head inside the dryer while you work or you will be essentially using "paint sniffing" drugs.) Then I washed out the paint remover with more rags with soap and water on them. And then I tumbled wet rags in it several times to make sure it was all gone and the smell was gone. Trust me, I always checked pockets after that.
How do I remove inks stains from the dryer? I was able to remove the ink from the sides of the drum but not the back!
Accidentally, a laundry marker got in my dryer. It was in a dryer cycle and marked up the whole inside of the drum in approx 1/4 inch marks. These marks are also all over the 2 blankets that were in the dryer.
What do you recommend to clean the dryer. I've tried soap and water, and a little bleach, and had no luck. What do you recommend to clean the blankets? Thanks.
Cathren from Illinois
I used this site when my kid put a marker in his pocket, and I washed it and dried it, it left purple marker all over the dryer drum. I used nail polish remover with a cloth and scrubbed it, then I soaked a towel in bleach and water and dried it. It all came off. It was wonderful. I just bought the dryer a month ago, thank god!
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I mistakenly washed and dried an ink pen. I have in on some clothing and the dryer has ink all over the drum. I've tried kitchen cleaner to remove stains on the dryer drum with no luck. Can this be removed or is my 2 year old dryer shot? Any suggestions would be welcome.
As for getting out the ink already on the laundry try using Carbona's Stain Devils #3 Ink & Crayon. It is absolutely awesome at getting out ink stains. It also removed the ink in the dryer however hairspray is a lot cheaper.
Carbona also has other spot removers such as chewing gum & glue, fat grease & oil (awesome!!!), make-up & grass, fruit & wine and many others.
These MIGHT be found at your local Wal Mart, ShopKo etc... however I can only find them at JoAnn's Fabrics and Crafts. They are about $3.49 for 1.7 fl. oz., well worth the price when your clothes are on the line. (12/29/2004)
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By Big Mike
My daughter's husband washed a gel pen. White shirts with ink stains went thru the dryer. Used 409 on the dryer and for the shirts they soaked them in BIZ stain remover. Worked great. (11/18/2006)
It is a two step process.
Step One: Put rubbing Alcohol in a spray bottle - spray drum, let stand for a few minutes with door shut. Open to air out with window open than clean. Or take a more longer less smell method and clean with a rag soaked in alcohol.
Step Two: Use straight bleach. Pour bleach in a large mouth measuring cup - fits in dryer well. Apply to dryer with a old rag completely soaking & covering surface, shut dryer let stand for 30 min. If necessary repeat, soak up bleach with old towel and wash drum out completely.
Test dryer with old colored towel to make sure bleach is completely washed out before using.
Your dryer is white once again! (11/20/2006)
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I recently washed and dried a pen in a my husband's pants pocket. Needless to say, the dryer was filled with spots of ink. A friend suggested, I soak some all white towels in bleach, ring them out, and run the dryer through a cycle or two. It was like magic! The ink had virtually disappeared, and the towels were also spotless.
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