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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
The finger nail polish works wonderfully!! That said the first polish remover did not- tried another brand - it made it disappear. Wash with soap and water - rinse well to remove all traces of alcohol which is highly flammable!!!Also well ventilate room and try not to put head inside while cleaning fumes are very strong!
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!
It did not work for me it halfway worked
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
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.
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.
Use Rain-X X-treme Clean for baked on ink. Put some on a dry cloth and rub for 10 seconds. It removes it easily and without damage to the dryer surface. Clean after with a wet cloth. Soft Scrub may work too, but may be overly abrasive. You can remove the dryer door for easier access.
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.
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.
CAUTION: Carburetor Cleaner is HIGHLY FLAMMABLE. Don't use this method unless you are familiar with using this type of solvent. You spray on, it comes right off. NO scrubbing, NO mess.
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.
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.
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How do you get ink out of a gas dryer? I've already used acetone and a Magic Eraser, but it barely helped. I'm still getting ink on the clothes. Help!
Did you try hairspray?? or Softsoap (the nonabrasive commet). What kind of ink? Magic marker or gel or ball point?
How do you get pen ink out of a dryer?
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 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!
I have gotten ball point ink on my dryer as I left a pen in my jeans. It went through the wash. Do you have a solution for getting the horrible stain off?
By June HN from Courtenay B.C. Canada
Use an old rag and acetone nail polish remover. It comes right off but make sure after you get all the ink off to take a different rag with soapy water. Make sure to get all of the acetone off and let the drier air dry.
How do I get pink pen ink off my dryer drum?
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!
How do you remove ink from a dryer?
By Gerri from Fontana, CA
I've had good luck with rubbing alcohol and elbow grease.
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 get ink out of the dryer?
By WMAST from Capitol Heights, MD
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!
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I dried an ink pen with a load of clothes. I need to know how to get it out of the dryer. Thanks for any help.
By Tareasa from Dallas, TX
After a pen exploded in our dryer I used a combination that excludes finger nail polish remover. Try Awesome, a liquid cleaner, with some cleaning eraser pads. Expect a lot of elbow grease, but it's worth it. Also, try to spray Awesome 3 - 4 times over the currently lowest section of the drum; let it just sit for a while (i.e. at least a couple of hours). When you return the Awesome on its own will probably have saved you time and work, so do the same with each drum section.
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By Oliver from Glen Carbon, IL
Try a magic eraser! not a store brand (they don't work as well and fall apart). I used a magic eraser to remove purple ink from a pen I had left in my pocket from many moons ago and it wiped it away. If I ever need to remove anything, I grab a magic eraser to see if it will work first before I try anything else. (10/17/2010)
I had my first "OMG" moment with 2 ink pens that had left spots all over my brand new front-loading Whirlpool dryer. I followed the technique of mixing 2 cups bleach with a half bucket of water and soaking several old towels in them, then running the dryer for 30 minutes. I immediately followed that with the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, wet with non-acetone fingernail polish remover. Great! The only "casualty" was the nice shirt I had on when I threw the towels into the dryer -- I recommend old clothes and rubber gloves. Thanks for the help! (10/30/2010)
By KC Rosie
How do I get ink out of my dryer?
By Angelia from MS
I had the same thing happen to me last month. I just cleaned it with rubbing alcohol. Some areas were hard, I used fingernail polish remover on it. (08/21/2010)
Just wanted you to know that I used the following "magic" to remove ink from my dryer. It works exactly as this person said it would. If anyone out there has this problem, this is your solution! Thank you "zoombroom". Signed "Happy in Illinois"
Cleaning Ink Out of a Dryer:
After reading all the tips, I decided to combine a few. Bingo. This worked like a charm. Put rubber gloves on. Put 2 cups bleach in a bucket and add some water until about 1/2 full. I soaked an old large beach towel in the water. I guess you could use 2 regular size towels. It absorbed all the water and no need to "wring" it out. Put it in the dryer and turned it on. Checked it about 30 minutes later and most of the ink was gone.
There were a few heavy spots of ink left, so again using rubber gloves, I took the still wet towel out, put some fingernail polish remover on a Mr. Clean Magic Pad and the spots came out instantly. There were some residual swirls of ink left, so I put the wet towel back in the dryer for another 15 minutes. The drum was sparkling after that. It looks brand new inside. I did wipe down the inside with a clean wet dishrag afterward to get any bleach that might have been left. It was really easy. I highly recommend this method. (02/02/2010)
By zoombroom (09/12/2010)
I am house sitting and so grateful for the advise given on this site. My hubby did his own work clothes and left a pen in his pocket and it exploded all over my friend's dryer and I mean everywhere. We tried bleach and just fingernail polish remover, but nothing would take it out. But then I got the Magic Eraser and non acetone fingernail polish remover and wow, it all came out. It is a killer combo! It gave me a bit of a headache, but spared my reputation and wallet from having to buy my honeymooning friends a new dryer. They will never know. It is spotless. Thank you! Whoever thought of this remedy is a genius! The remedy is under 5 dollars and a new dryer is how much? Trust me, you can't afford not to try it, it works. (09/29/2010)
How do you clean ink from a dryer?
Goof-off or Krud Kutter, works wonders. (04/29/2010)
I had a pen explode all over the dryer. We tried hair spray, nail polish remover, alcohol, and the bleach towels and it was just barely doing anything. We then tried the OFF and it was unbelievable! It is working so well, we are taking turns at it and it just coming off. A little on a sponge and boom, it is disappearing. However, the residue left behind needs to be wiped up or it will stick. Thanks guys for all the advice! (05/16/2010)
I opened my dryer to find that a pen from son's pocket had exploded. Dark blue ink had covered the entire drum. I soaked 4 large white towels in bleach mixed with a little water and put them in the dryer on a 60 minute cycle. I checked the dryer after 20 minutes and all of the ink was gone. It was an absolute miracle, I thought my dryer was ruined. I then soaked another large white towel in water and put in the dryer with a dryer sheet for 20 minutes. Thank you so much for the tip everyone. (05/18/2010)
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