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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.

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I was devasted when a good friend of mine was staying at our place while she was working in the area. She had washed some cover-alls and did not know she had a pen in her pocket as she dosent usually carry them there, anyway at 6:00am she went to grab her cover-alls out of the dryer and discovered the mess in my new dryer she was just sick about it and I will have to call her and let her know that it is okay I was thinking how am I going to ask her for 1800.00 to replace my dryer as she is such a dear person but I went to the internet and I typed in how to get ink out of your clothes dryer and came across this site first I read some of the comments and thought yeah right well yeah right is correct I dont know how much bleach I used but I poured it in an ice cream pail with water threw in three dish towels and 15 minutes later there was two spots at the back of the dryer that was brown towels were dry so I have resoaked them and they are running again but if it dont come out I will still be happy as you cannot really notice them and seeing as we have the house up for sale I can feel comfortable in selling the appliances with the house. Thank-You everyone who gave their comments.
IT WORKS WICKED PISSAH!!! Comments By: Mike on 2009-03-11
I never thought anything was going to get the ink out. It was all over the place. This idea did the trick! Thanks Tipking. You just made my favorites.
WOW!!!! Comments By: Reese on 2009-03-22
This works great. I had a pen explode in the dryer it was everywhere. I was thinking that I was going to have to go back to the laundry mats. I searched the web for tips and seen this. Thank you sooo much, you've saved me money and time.
AMAZING - THE INK IS GONE!!! Comments By: M. Thompson on 2009-04-14
A blue ink pen exploded all over the inside of my dryer last week. I was so upset because everything I tried to get the ink out did not work. I found this website and I was skeptical at first to try this because i had tried other ways of getting the ink out of my dryer (i.e. Goo Gone, Hairspray, nail polish remover) and none of them did worked. I tried the bleach with the water with some old towels and put them in the dryer, turned the dryer on, and walked away to let it do it's thing. and when I came back to check on it I was floored at how fast the ink was coming off. I didn't even have to use any of my own elbow grease! :) I am so glad that I won't have to buy a new dryer.
Thanks for the tip!!!!

it worked for me Comments By: LMW on 2009-04-22
My husband attempted to wash his uniform for work and left a black papermate pen in the pocket. We are a family of 5 and I heavily rely on my dryer...I thought it was ruined. After scrubbing with goof off for an hour (I'm sure damaging my lungs) I tried your technique.. IT WORKED!! even on the drum. Thank you thank you thank you!!
It does work Comments By: Cara on 2009-04-25
I had ink stains all over inside my dryer. I tried the bleach tip and it took a few times running the towel through but it did help significantly dryer is almost completely ink free. Still a few spot but the a significantly faded. Thank you who ever figured this out.
My head was spinning Comments By: Joy on 2009-05-08
My head was spinning with the dryer when I opened it up and saw all the ink in my brand new dryer! Tried your remedy and to my surprise, there is no more ink, truley AMAZING!
Thanks for this advice! Comments By: Melanie on 2009-05-22
I nearly lost it when I found my husband left a pen in his clothes! (He's lucky it happened to only be his clothes in that load.) But this tip worked like a charm. I think I left the towels wetter than recommended, but it still worked. The dryer has a bleech oder, but the clothes coming out of it don't. I'll run a few loads of whites before I try any other clothes in there. Thank you again for saving my dryer!
WOW Comments By: Steven L on 2009-05-29
well i went to many sites, allot said NailPolish Remover would do it, but at last i stubled on this site and tip, follwed the directions, and put towels in after only 5 mins I stopped dryer to add one more large old white towel , and WOW after only 5 mins I noticed results , the in was allready coming off!!! It saved me from getting rid of significant other, well I may get rid of him anyway...lol
it works Comments By: patty on 2009-06-03
I was amazed it worked all the stains are gone

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.

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