Home : Laundry and Stains : Appliances : Dryer Ink Stains

(126) comments about this tip

Remove ink in your dryer

To remove ink stains from your clothes dryer, place 2 cups of bleach in a bucket, then fill the bucket halfway with water. Take some old towels and soak up the liquid in the bucket. You don`t want the towels to be dripping wet, just very damp.

Place them directly into the dryer to remove the ink and run an entire cycle. Repeat if necessary. When you feel you have removed the ink sufficiently, place an old dry towel in the dryer to make sure that you removed all of the ink.

Visitors comments

This didnt work for me at all, but this is what DID Comments By: Jana on 2010-08-16
I tried everything!!!! I tried graffiti remover, acne wash, hair spray, clorox, oven cleaner, soap, water, fingernail polish remover, EVERYTHING... Well, I was in my bathroom looking for other cleaner and saw my toothpaste. I though, hmmm it is worth a shot LOL.

OMG IT WORKED!!! It didnt take an hour, it didnt take anytime at all. It just scrubbed off the first or 2nd wipe. I was AMAZED... THIS IS A MUST TRY!!! I SWEAR IT WORKS

EXCELLENT! Comments By: Randy on 2010-08-18
This has got to be one of the best solutions to cleaning a dryer drum! It really works. Thank you so much!!!!!
I would not have believed it! Comments By: Corey on 2010-09-05
After I found this on the web and told my wife, unable to merely follow these instructions she used twice the bleach and twice the towels, and didn't even let it go for 45 minutes. Everything now gleams white as if it were brand new. Don't even hesitate to use this method.
Worked great! Comments By: Ed on 2010-09-06
My wife did exactly what the instructions said and the ink was gone. However, there was a residue of on the drum, so she ran it through with wet towels and then wiped it down.
worked just fine Comments By: misty F on 2010-09-07
i guess i didnt see the pen that my husband left in his shorts and when i took out my clothes out of the dryer there was ink every where. i fell upon this site and right away i tried this and it worked really good. but there was still a huge blob on the back of the dryer so i went to buy nail polish remover and it came off in one wipe. looks brand new. so thanks for every body and their wonderful ideas
Very, Very Skepitcal Comments By: SSJDER on 2010-09-13
My 12 year old son left a pen in his pants (this is not the first time). Obviously it exploded in the dryer. ALL OVER THE PLACE. I made him try goo gone while I look online. Found this site and thought YEAH RIGHT! Well the Goo Gone did NOTHING but smear it around. Had him do this trick and I just check the dryer. After ONLY 20 minutes almost (85-90%) is GONE. I am very suprised! Thank you sooo much for this wonderful tip, my dryer is only 9 months old.
THIS WORKS!! Comments By: Anon on 2010-09-25
This totally works! I left a pen in my pants pocket and didn't realize it. When I dried the load, the ink was all over the drum! Tried this with 3 handtowels and it worked! You cannot tell there was ever an ink pen in there! I dried a load of whites immediately afterwards and they have no ink spots or bleach smell! It does make your laundry area smell like bleach but I will take the smell over the ink stains anyday! Great tip.
oh my gosh Comments By: PUPAROO on 2010-10-12
ok so after all the scubbing and products I was still very upset since it was my in-laws new dryer I was at wits end and believe it or not this actually worked I set the dryer on warm and let it run for like ten min and wow you can not even tell there was a mess and let me tell you it was bad THANK YOU SO MUCH
dryer ink stains Comments By: Dre on 2010-11-03
So far it's working! Comments By: JV on 2010-11-02
Let's hope it continues to work. I just threw the towels in the dryer, and it's been drying for about a minute. I just opened the dryer to check on it, and I'm already seeing some stains gone...OMG, I hope this really works!!! Now if I could find something that would work on my load of clothes that were "ruined" by my husband's ink pen that was in the dryer. (And yes, he was the one who was doing laundry, and he did not check to make sure the dryer didn't have anything in it first.)

There will be times when you've tried every tip you can get your hands on to repair damage to your dryer. No matter how many or what tips you try on your own to restore the original condition, it just won't seem to work! If you're the "handyman or handywoman" type it will be as easy as finding a good appliance parts store and getting what you need. But if the job is a little too big for you then you may need to call a appliance repairman.

Ask a question Send in a tip Contact TipKing Books Privacy Disclaimer Feed
Tipking 2000-2011 All rights reserved Last update: Thu Nov 17 2011