How to Get a Blocked Inkjet Printer Cartridge to Work

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How to Get a Blocked Inkjet Printer Cartridge to Work
Cleaning your blocked cartridges can save you money (ink cartridges image by itsallgood from Fotolia.com)

No matter what brand of printer you own or how you use it, the cost of replacement ink is always a burden on the wallet. Replacement ink can cost a great deal of money, and printer owners want to make the most of every cartridge they buy. If you have a print cartridge that is blocked and unusable, you may be able to fix it and save yourself some money.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Print cartridge
  • Cotton swab
  • Warm water
  • Isopropyl alcohol

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove the blocked ink cartridge from your printer and sit it on a flat surface. Turn the print cartridge so that the bottom is facing up.

  2. 2

    Dip a cotton swab in some warm water and carefully clean the bottom of the cartridge. Continue swabbing the cartridge until all paper dust, dried ink and other debris has been removed.

  3. 3

    Dip another cotton swab in a bottle of isopropyl alcohol and wipe the bottom of the cartridge thoroughly. The alcohol can cut through dried on ink that water may miss. Change cotton swabs often, and continue to swab the cartridge until no more dried ink can be seen.

  4. 4

    Place the blocked ink cartridge in a warm spot while it dries. This is particularly important if the room where the printer is located is cold, or if the printer is used infrequently. When the print cartridge gets cold, the ink can congeal, and that can cause the inkjets to become blocked. Warming the cartridge can get the ink flowing again.

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