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Ink In Dryer

This is my first time to post. I love this site. I have found an answer to so many of my questions. Everything about this site is great especially the crafts.

Recently my nephew washed his clothes with his back pack. As usual he left them in the washer. I put them in the dryer for him, not checking to see if there was anything in the back pack.

He had left a black ball point pen in it. Needless to say the ink pen separated and now there is black ink all in the dryer. It is on all of my clothes. How do I get the ink out of the dryer. It is smeared inside the dryer? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for any suggestions.




Pen Ink in the Dryer

To remove ink use rubbing alcohol. If in the dryer allow to air dry before using.

For typewriter keys use alcohol on an old toothbrush. (06/25/2004)

By wright6421

Pen Ink in the Dryer

Try using a product called "Goof Off" available at home improvement stores. It has removed ink from my dryer several times. (07/04/2004)

By Catharina V.

Ink In Dryer

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser works too. (09/08/2005)

By jillian357

Ink In Dryer

I had that happen to a load of maternity clothes. We took them to a dry cleaner, told them what made the stains, and they got most of the ink out. Dry cleaning is expensive, but not compared to buying a new maternity wardrobe. (10/17/2005)

By Gknight680

Ink In Dryer

Try nail polish remover. It worked for us. (12/02/2005)

By Jen

Ink In Dryer

I recently had ink all over my dryer. I read all your posts and tried everything. I used laundry stain remover and Comet. I made a paste, it came off so easily, just rinse and let dry. (12/16/2005)

By Ivan

Ink In Dryer

Non-acetone nail polish remover on a Magic Eraser worked for me when everything else failed. I even tried acetone polish remover on a Magic Eraser, but didn't get nearly as good a result as with the non-acetone remover. (03/06/2006)


By Rick

Ink In Dryer

I accidentally dried an ink pen. Ink all over the dryer. I was about sick. I tried Dawn's Power Dissolver. Spray it on and leave for 15 minutes and then wash out. Little rubbing. It may take more than one time. I still had a couple little stains left, but 95% of it came off. That stuff worked great. Get it at Wal Mart for just over $2.00. (11/17/2006)

By Etch

Ink In Dryer

Try "Bar Keepers Friend". It's like Comet, but not as abrasive. I have had several ink disasters in my dryer and Barkeepers Friend has gotten almost all of them off. The stuff is great and cleans many things. It works especially well if the stains are fresh and light, but it even worked on clumps of ink. Just put a small amount on a sponge and rub lightly until the stain diminishes or disappears. Then rinse with water and dry. It should make the dryer drum almost as good as new. (01/09/2008)

By Tiffany C.

Ink In Dryer

We tried Magic Eraser, rubbing alcohol, Goof Off, and nail polish remover. All of these products removed some of the ink, but we had a disaster as the pen must have exploded. I went to the garage and got some Nu-finish car polish/wax and a pad of steel wool and went to work. I let the wife try an area and then step back and watch what happened when I used my experiment on the same blue hued area. It worked very well and after I was done cleaning, I wiped away any wax residue with a cloth and rubbing alcohol. Try all suggestions posted here and then try mine. Seeing is believing. (03/22/2008)

By James E.

Ink In Dryer

The non-acetone nail polish remover worked great. Good advise, but user beware the fumes are almost unbearable. I recommend a niosh respirator mask (about $5) and can be purchased at the Home Depot. (07/27/2008)

By Bob G.

Ink In Dryer

Thank you for the suggestions. I first used the towel suggestion and it did not really do much. I then applied the non-acetone nail polish remover and it took off some of the ink, but not all. Then, I decided to add the non-acetone nail polish remover on the Magic Eraser and that did the trick. At the end, there were some very light marks left so I decided to wet 4 kitchen towels with chlorine water and throw them in the dryer on hot for about 20 minutes and that cleaned it off completely. So for me, it was the combination of the eraser, non-acetone polish remove,r and the chlorine-water towels. (08/10/2008)

By Reem

Ink In Dryer

The old tried and true ink remover, hairspray. Still works wonders on clothing, dryers, etc. (10/23/2008)


Ink In Dryer

I tried the rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, Magic Eraser and Goof Off with no success. What worked was using a Brillo type pad. (11/24/2008)

By R. Soares

Ink In Dryer

I personally used:

  • Windex
  • WD40
  • Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol)
  • Mr. clean Magic Eraser w/ water
  • Magic eraser w/ nail polish remover
  • Non-acetone nail polish remover
  • Weimans glass cook top cleaner

Out of all of them, the best result I had was using a Magic Eraser + the nail polish remover, and oddly, the cook top cleaner. The cook top cleaner removed the older ink from previous incidents (which we cleaned with the petroleum based Spot Shot), but it left most of the newer ink relatively intact.

The newer ink was best cleaned with the Magic Eraser and nail polish. You must make sure that it's non-Acetone. If it's the Acetone stuff, you'll probably just gas yourself in your dryer, and the ink will still be there. I don't know if it had an effect, but I used the kind with the Febreze in it, it certainly made my dryer smell pretty once I was done though, which to me is half the battle. Also mind you, that stuff is also flammable.

Windex did nothing. The WD40 just made the drum nice and shiny, I really don't know what I was expecting with that one. Must have been the fumes.

The alcohol removed the biggest splotches, but really left the pressed in ink. The kind that heats up and kills clothing like a fat kid kills cookies.


When in doubt, use the glass cook top cleaner with paper towels. It takes a bit of muscle to really get the grime off, but I'm a young man, and I figured I could handle it. After a lot of scrubbing, for the most part, it worked pretty well. Just make sure to clean all the residue off before you start up the dryer again, or you'll probably set the thing on fire. (12/12/2008)

By kaluhioc

Ink In Dryer

My dryer was a mess and after trying all the above except the non-acetone remover I went for the oven cleaner. Wow, spray that in the dryer and let it sit for maybe an hour and your dryer will look like brand new. (02/20/2009)

By T. Page

Ink In Dryer

While trying every solvent based suggestion on this and other sites, and having very little luck, it occurred to me that the issue was a stained enamel painted metal surface. What was needed was to renew the paint. I used automotive rubbing compound and a Brillo pad to quickly take the stain out of the very top layer of the paint. I suppose that I could have used a rag and taken a little longer if I was interested in a mirror surface on the inside of the dryer.

My dryer looks new, with absolutely no traces of the ink. In addition I did not have to worry about fumes, and any residual rubbing compound wipes off with a damp rag. The whole job took 20 minutes. (06/29/2009)

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