How to get ink stains out of your dryer

It has happened to all of us: we forget to check the pockets before we wash clothes. It happened to me with a crayon, and the waxy stuff came off pretty easily with just a little elbow grease.

This time it was an ink pen, tossed casually into Hubby's pant's pocket and forgotten over the course of his busy day.

And in my haste - between substitute teaching three days that week, making dinner, helping with homework, running boys to basketball practice, and 527 other things that had to get done - I hastily tossed laundry in the washer and dryer without examining it too carefully.

A rookie mistake made by a veteran house manager. It happens.

Only when I heard the clunk, clunk coming from the dryer did I know I missed something.

I opened the door to this:

Laundry doing was effectively shut down until I could get the ink stains out. And since my laundry pile usually looks like this:

I had to do something STAT! Naturally I took to Facebook and asked YOU how to fix this. Here's what you suggested:

  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
  • nail polish remover with acetone
  • hair spray
  • Skin So Soft by Avon
  • Soft Scrub
  • rubbing alcohol
  • Pine Sol
  • Goo Gone
  • Bug Spray
  • Clorox Bleach
  • Oxy Clean
  • WD 40
  • blue Dawn dish soap
I clearly had a challenge ahead of me, so I got started. Here's what I tried and the results:
  1. Towel soaked in Clorox Bleach: I read something that suggested soaking a towel in bleach and running the dryer with the towel in it. Did it work? Sort of. Since the ink had been sitting for a few days, running the dryer heated the ink and made it a little easier to wipe off with the bleach-soaked towel. It got most of the ink off the silver drum part of the dryer, but didn't really budge what was on the back white part of the dryer. 
  2. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser: Seemed like an easy option, so I was hopeful. Did it work? Yes and no. It took the ink marks right off the window of the dryer with just a little wiping. However, I had to scrub too hard on the inside of the dryer, and the Magic Eraser broke down too quickly with that vigorous of scrubbing. 
  3. Oxy Clean Spray: It works on my sons' "boy stains," so I gave it a try. Did it work? Not really/maybe a little. I sprayed and wiped and sprayed and wiped, but I didn't see much difference. 
  4. Soft Scrub: I love Soft Scrub. I use it a lot. Gentle and non-abrasive, I find it works well for most things. Did it work? Yes, pretty well, but not completely. With a little elbow grease, I managed to get most of the ink off the back white part of the dryer. However, there were bigger, more concentrated stains that were harder to remove. 
  5. Pine Sol: Since the fumes were getting to me at this point, I decided to rinse the dryer with Pine Sol. Did it work? No, it didn't take any of the ink off; but it did make the inside of my dryer smell better. 
  6. Rubbing Alcohol: I was really hesitant to use anything that was labeled as flammable, so I avoided rubbing alcohol, hair spray, and nail polish remover. However, at this point I was so tired and just wanted to be done, but I couldn't resolve myself to leaving any of the marks behind so I tried it. Did it work? Nope. 
  7. Hair Spray: I only had an expensive brand. Did it work? Nada. 
  8. Acetone: I really wanted to avoid using this, but I also really wanted to be done, too. Did it work? Yes, right away. With minimal effort, the acetone took the rest of the ink off the white part of my dryer. 
I made sure to wash the inside of my dryer with a bit of blue Dawn dish soap and a wet towel. Then I wiped it with another wet clean towel and a dry towel to get all the different chemicals off before I started it again. 

Results and recommendations: Even though the acetone worked immediately, I personally wouldn't use it on large areas of the dryer due to the smell and the risk of flammability. If this happens again, I will use the Soft Scrub first to get most of the ink off, then finish off the stubborn spots with acetone. 

Caution! I was advised by many health professionals I know to NEVER use ammonia and bleach together as they are toxic. Many people end up in the ER due to using this combination. 

I'm back to tackling the laundry pile and have seen no evidence of the ink. However, I still have a basket of inky laundry that I am working on. Hubby's pants went in the trash because they were too far gone. I'll let you know what, if anything, worked on the rest of it. 

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My family answered those 13 Facebook questions about me

I'm sure you've all seen those questions on Facebook that you are supposed to ask your child(ren). You post their answers and truth and hilarity ensue.

I asked my family, including my husband, and their answers were cute, interesting, and truthful as promised. Because there are so many answers, I'm posting them here.

My Family (all males):
Edgie, 4 years old
Lil' C, 8 years old
Knox, 10 years old
Slim, 12 years old and on the autism spectrum. (At first he answered all questions as "This is not fun. This is boring." He eventually got in on the action.)
Hubby, 45 and has known me since we were 8.

My commentary is in green.

1. What is something I always say to you?
E, S, & H: I love you.
LC: Do your chores and don't be mean to your brother.
K: Take Hannah (our dog) outside.
All are true!

2. What makes me happy?
E: When I pick up my toys.
LC: Me being kind to my brothers and helping you.
K: When we give you a nice big hug.
S: Me making fart jokes. (It's true, I can't resist a good fart joke.)
H: Blogging.

3. What makes me sad?
E: When I don't pick up my toys.
LC: Sad movies.
K: When I disobey you.
S: When I don't listen to you.
H: Thinking about Joey. (I'm surprised the boys didn't say this.)

4. How do I make you laugh?
E&K: When you tell me a joke.
LC, S, & H: When you make fart noises. (I'm a mom of boys. I've had a lot of time to perfect this.)

5. What was I like as a child?
E: You had lots of brown hair.
LC: Nice, kind, and you liked school.
K: You were someone who had to have your sister walk you downstairs to the bathroom because you were scared. (True story)
S: You liked Barbie dolls.
H: Quiet, nice, and a good reader.

6. How old am I?
E: 1, 2, 3, 4, . . .I don't know!
LC, K,&S: 45
H: 46 (after a glare from me because my birthday is not until May) 45.

7. How tall am I? 
E: 100 feet tall.
LC: Not that tall. Knox is almost taller than you.
K: 5 feet, 11 inches.
S: About 5 feet tall.
H: 5 feet, 4 inches. (I'm really only 5'3".)

8. What is my favorite thing to do?
E: Play with me.
LC: Read books and watch Friends. 
K&H: Blog.
S: Be nice to me and watch Friends. 

9. What am I really good at?
E: Hopping on one foot. (?)
LC: Cleaning and folding laundry.
K: Blogging.
S: Memorizing lines from Friends. 
H: Writing.

10. What is something I'm not good at?
E: Standing on one foot. (?)
LC&S: I can't think of anything you're not good at. (They win today!)
K: Playing Star Wars trivia. (Not true.)
H: Being on time. (SO true!)

11. What do I do for a job?
E: Substitute teach and take Hannah outside.
LC&K: Substitute teacher, blogger, and writer.
S: You make money by writing blogs. (I wish!)
H: You are the CEO of the Frog Family.

12. What is my favorite food? 
E: Broccoli and salad.
LC: Broccoli.
K: New York style veggie pizza.
S: Broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
H: Pizza and chocolate. (I do like broccoli, but this is more true.)

13. What do you enjoy doing with me?
E: Hugging you.
LC: Going to fun places like the zoo and the pool.
K: Going on a walk.
S: Making fart jokes with you.
H: Going out to dinner alone.

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