Ink in Dryer - San Diego,CA

Updated on February 16, 2010
A.A. asks from San Diego, CA
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Hi mamas,

Does anyone know how to remove pen ink from the inside of a dryer?
We had a black ball point pen explosion!

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Nail polish remover did the trick! In 5 minutes flat! Thanks Mamas.

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answers from Los Angeles on

The main ingredient in all those cleaning products is alcohol-that's what actually get the ink out. If you have some rubbing alcohol put it on a cloth and rub the inside down. If it's in the air holes then use q-tips. Leave the door open until you no longer smell alcohol-it will evaporate leaving you with the cleanest dryer on the block :)

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answers from San Diego on

Goof Off or Cheap Hairspray (suave) work but both are highly flamable. I recommend unplugging the dryer, clean it, then rinse 3-4 times. Let it air dry for 48 hours.



answers from Las Vegas on

I'm not sure this would work, but try hairspray. The good old fashioned kind like Aqua Net (if they still make it). I know hairspray gets ink out of clothes, so it might remove it from the dryer. You'd have to wash down the inside of the dryer after you're done to remove any leftover hairspray. Good Luck, let us know what works.



answers from Honolulu on

Have you tried Mr. Clean Magic Eraser? That thing can get anything off of anything!



answers from Los Angeles on

Hairspray. Just spray it directly on the ink and then use a papertowel to wipe it off. It may take a couple go rounds but it works. It works on clothes too - just spray it on the ink until it is saturated and then wash like usual and it should wash out.



answers from Honolulu on

That happened to us and we tried everything, but the natural product that all are suggesting. My husband finally tried some oven cleaner and that got it out. However, it was still with a lot of elbow grease too!



answers from Minneapolis on

SOL-U-MEL. It’s a natural product manufactured by Melaleuca that gets EVERYTHING out. It took out permanent marker from our couch upholstery.



answers from Honolulu on

Try nail polish remover.


answers from Austin on

Nail polish remover.. Make sure it is well ventilated so the fumes do not get to you..

After it has all be removed.. Wipe it down with a sponge using light soapy water and then rinse with a damp sponge... You just do not want the polish remover to get on any clothing.



answers from Honolulu on

Hair spray will get it out. It will take many applications and then washing if it is really bad, but I've saved many clothes this way. Keep applying it and then washing it. Use cold water and don't put it in the dryer.

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