You go to check your dryer and find that an ink pen was left inside one of the pockets. You begin to look around the inside of the dryer drum and find ink all over everything.
The panic begins to set in – what are you going to do?
If this is a scenario that you just went through, we’re going to teach you how to get ink out of your dryer. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not nearly as difficult as you might think.
When an ink pen gets washed in the dryer by accident, it should come as no surprise that the ink can stain the dryer drum.
Even worse, it has the potential to stain your next load of clothes. Below, you’ll find a few different techniques that you can try to remove the ink and resume business as usual, but before you get started, make sure to unplug the dryer.
If you want to try some dish washing soap, combine ½ a teaspoon of liquid dish soap with some warm water inside of a container. Go ahead and stir the mixture and make sure that some soap suds are formed. Next, dip a cloth into the soap suds and wring it out.
Ideally, you want the cloth to be damp and not excessively wet. Use the soapy cloth to scrub the ink stain and repeat this process until the stain is fully removed. If the stain is particularly stubborn, then you might need to scrub it several times.
If the dish soap doesn’t do the trick, then you might need to pull out the heavy artillery. Grab a cloth and dampen it with some alcohol. Make sure to scrub the ink stain until it’s removed.
Depending on the stains, you might need to use multiple cloths. When you’re finished, use a damp cloth to wipe the area down.
If none of the other techniques work, then you might want to consider using some water and bleach. You can mix two parts water to one part bleach inside of a bucket. You should always wear protective gloves when working with bleach because it’s a harsh chemical.
You can use some old white towels and soak them in the bleach/water solution.
Wring out excess water and toss the towels into the dryer. Turn the dryer on and run the towels on a full cycle. The towels and bleach should have no trouble removing the stains.
Another option that you have is acetone. You can apply some acetone to a Magic Eraser and use it to clean away the ink stains inside of the dryer. Make sure to constantly turn the eraser as you’re soaking up the ink. It might take a few erasers to soak up all of the ink.
It’s important to make sure that you don’t accidently get acetone on the dryer’s plastic parts. You should also wear gloves that aren’t affected by chemical solvents.
To test and make sure the ink is gone, you can toss in a load of old rags that you don’t care about and see if they get stained.
Although you can use all of these techniques, a lot of people have had the best luck with water and bleach. However, if you’re not a huge fan of harsh chemicals, you should start with the dish soap and warm water.