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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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Another Satisfied User of Tip Comments By: Ruth in Rochester on 2010-01-02
It was very difficult NOT to try this one. I have never seen such positive comments on anything.
I did my dryer only one time with 2 towels and it is virtually stain free. I had started down the Comet and Magic Eraser route and it wasn't even touching it. Thanks !

I ::heart:: the internet! Comments By: Dani on 2010-01-03
Thank you so much for saving my sanity. I tried a dry erase marker and nail polish remover, all of which was working, but was taking forever. I currently have three large bleach/water soaked towels in the dryer on high. They have been in for 15 minutes. I peeked in and.... IT IS WORKING!!! ::sigh of relief::
Remove ink stains from dryer Comments By: Joseph on 2010-02-13
Does it work? Yes. Yes. Yes. I did some laundry to help the wifey out and forgot to check the kids' pants for pens. Well, didn't catch it until after the dryer cycle ended. Looking online for a way to clean it. Did this for two cycles (total of 80 min) and majority of the ink stains were gone. Just a little elbow grease from this point on with nail polish remover and wifey never knew it happen; or at least that's what I thought. Unfortunately, the pants with the ink stains told on me. 13FEB10.
YES WORKS LIKE MAGIC! Comments By: Anon on 2010-02-21
Oh thank you, thank you, thank you!! I was having a little success with fingernail polish remover, but seemed to also be smearing it when the paper towel had too much ink on it. I literally scrubbed for an hour and was ready to just SCREAM! I stumbled upon this solution and thought there was NO WAY it would work. I had already wiped some of the ink spots with straight bleach which did nothing. So many people claimed it worked for them that I figured I had nothing to lose by trying it. Maybe it is the combination of water, bleach, and heat that made the difference, I do not know - and I really do not care. My dryer is now ink free - that is all I care about! woohoo!! Thank you SO MUCH! I only wish I had read this before I scrubbed :)
Wasn't Perfect~ Comments By: Pat Vineyard on 2010-02-23
It definately didn't take all the blue ink stain out after running throught
twice, but it is definately better than it was. If this ever happened again I
would use this tip for sure.

DON'T COMBINE BLEACH AND COMET! Comments By: Kat in Knoxville on 2010-02-23
To the lady who used Comet and bleach:: I'm amazed you're still with us! Combining Comet and bleach will release chlorine gas which can kill you in a hurry. Glad you're still around to tell us about it.

As for this tip: OUTSTANDING. I agree with the person who reminded us to open the windows! Thank you!

College:Freshman Year. Oops. Comments By: College Kid on 2010-03-31
With mom not here to do the laundry, sometimes I make mistakes. The exploding pen in the dryer is one of many. I tried the towels and bleach and it really works. WARNING: Please have proper ventilation and make sure to clean what bleach residue you may have. Good tip-thanks
Awesome!!! Comments By: Demolition Man on 2010-04-01
Worked great without any scrubbing at all. No sign of the felt tip marker ink anywhere. Remember to open a few windows and let the bleach do its work. Great tip.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you Comments By: Tabz on 2010-04-14
I always check the pockets of our uniforms and for some reason i got lazy and got ink the washer and dryer. The washer was an easy fix and I had got the pen and thought that was it until I put the clothes in the dryer. Ink! everywhere! I thought I would just die! But I went on the internet and there it was I am runnin my cycle now (hold on) YES! working like charm. Thank you again!
This works! Comments By: Karry on 2010-05-02
You have to use at least 3 large towels and 1 or 2 small ones to get in the corners. The first time I saw a big difference, just a few more times and it should all be gone.
I saw this site and I also went to the GE site since I have a GE dryer and they recommended the same way!
Thank you!


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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