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Q: Ink pen explodes in the dryer ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Ink pen explodes in the dryer
Category: Family and Home > Home
Asked by: deaconb60-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 29 Jul 2002 19:10 PDT
Expires: 28 Aug 2002 19:10 PDT
Question ID: 46694
I dryed clothes in the dryer with an ink pen in the pocket of my
shorts and it ruined all the clothes and stained the dryer - what will
clean the clothes and remove the stain from the dryer?
Subject: Re: Ink pen explodes in the dryer
Answered By: rmn-ga on 29 Jul 2002 19:38 PDT
Hello deaconb60,

Apparently, you are far from the first person to have this problem. 
The internet is littered with messages from people with the same
dilemma as you do.  Here are some suggestions:

"Ball Point Pen Explosion in the Dryer"

This site suggests spraying WD-40 on the inside of the dryer, applying
soap, and then wiping the mixture off.  "Failing that," the site says,
"nail polish remover will shift ink from practically anything."  As
for the clothes, hairspray is suggested, followed by a normal wash

"Ink in Dryer"

The above is a newsgroup post on the topic, offering several
suggestions including WD-40 and hairspray.  While one individual
claimed that WD-40 failed to perform, they reasserted how well nail
polish remover works.

"DIY Forums",2021,8_100753,FF.html

Hair spray is again mentioned here, along with the following post:

"Cool dryer and try mineral spirits (this works well with crayons and
tar as well). Test a small area first to make sure it will not damage
the enamel/finish. And, make sure to remove mineral spirit residue
with soapy water -- then plain water."

The conclusion seems to use hairspray, nail-polish remover, or WD-40
to use inside the dryer, while hairspray and color-resistant bleach
were mentioned for the clothes.  Also, cheap hairspray works better,
noted one site, as it contains more alcohol.


I searched for "ink pen in dryer" (without the quotes) on Google.

Hope this helps,

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