Saturday, June 21, 2008

Out, damned spot!

Ever leave a pen in the laundry and wanted to know how to get the stains out? Well I recently left a pen in my pocket and it went through the dryer. This is how I got the ink stains out of the dryer.

To get ink stains out of the dryer follow these steps:
  1. Soak a towel in water with some bleach.
  2. Put the towel in the dryer and run the dryer for a long time on NO HEAT - VERY IMPORTANT! You could explode if there is heat. This will absorb some of the ink stains in the dryer.
  3. Allow dryer to air out - when the bleach smell is gone you can go to step 4.
  4. Run the dryer empty on Low Heat - this seems to loosen the ink from the dryer walls.
  5. Allow dryer to cool for a couple of minutes.
  6. Use a Magic Eraser with Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover to scrub the ink stains in the dryer - they should come right up! Remember to ventilate the room properly as the fumes may be overpowering.
  7. Air out the dryer once more.
  8. When the smell is gone try running a damp towel through the dryer to pick up any residual ink stains.
  9. Repeat steps 3-8 as necessary (I only needed to do it once!)


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