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How to Get Ink Out of a Dryer

by Greg Shoemaker

When you purchase a dryer from Don’s Appliances, we want to help you keep your dryer in tip-top shape for years to come.  One thing that can cause an unsightly mess is when a forgotten ink pen or your kid's crayon melts in the dryer.  It happens.  Stains inside your dryer can also come from new clothes like blue jeans.  

Steps for eliminating ink

Our experts at Don’s Appliances have some tips to help get your dryer shining like new again.  Use the same recommendations for both the paddles and drum.   They’ll clean the same way. 

  1. Unplug your dryer.  That’s the very first thing to do.
  2. Try the simplest solution first, which is dish soap.  Don’s dish soap is the best at removing ink stains.  Combine it with some warm water and use a clean towel to wipe off the paddles and drum.
  3. If that doesn’t work, try a product like a “Magic Eraser” by Mr. Clean.  Those are very good.
  4. Wipe out afterward with a damp clean towel.
  5. Make sure the dryer is dry before putting in wet clothes.
  6. If that doesn’t work, try bleach.  The easiest way is to take a towel and soak it in a 1:1 mixture of warm water and bleach.  Then wring out the towel, throw it in the dryer, and turn on the dryer until the towel is dry (about 20 minutes).
  7.  Make sure you clean your dryer very well with fresh water after using bleach.  You don’t want to put clean clothes in and risk getting bleach stains on your clothes.
  8. You can also try a product like “Goo Gone."  It’s critical to make sure that any chemical cleaner you use is inflammable.  Heating elements and dryers don’t mix.

Keep in mind that once the stain dries, it’s not going to come off on your clothes.  Just wipe out as much as you can using one of the above steps, and make sure the dryer is clean and dry before putting in your next load. 

If all of these steps don't work, a new dryer is probably in your future if you can’t live with those stains. We'd love to help you select the right one for you.  

Don’s Appliances has been your neighbor in Pittsburgh since 1971.  Check out our blogs for many helpful topics about appliances and design ideas.