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How to fix clogged print head and be rid of dried printer ink?

How to fix clogged print head and be rid of dried printer ink

There is one silly problem that still haunts us inkjet users to this day. The infamous dried printer ink clogging your machine’s print head. This happens often whenever the printer becomes idle for 2 weeks or so. But do not fret. This print head cleaning tutorial will help you revive your printer head without breaking a sweat.

You will need the following materials:

  1. 2 bowls with flat base
  2. Paper towels
  3. Hot water
  4. Isopropyl alcohol/Rubbing Alcohol
  5. Dropper


  1. Remove the clogged print head or print heads from the printer. Do refer to the OEM’s manual if you are not sure how to do it.
  2. Prepare hot water and mix it with rubbing alcohol on a separate bowl (bowl #1).
  3. Pour just enough of the solution into bowl #2 to cover the base and the ink exit port of  your print head. Just make sure the solution does not make contact with the printer head’s circuitry board. You should see the ink slowly flowing out of the clogged printer head as soon as you place it in the bowl. ink exit port
  4. Fill up the dropper with the solution in bowl #1 and apply 2-3 drops on the ink ports (entrance). This usually looks like a circular foam or a protruding needle. Do this at least twice with 3 to 5 minute intervals. ink port
  5. Leave the printer head soaked in the cleaning solution for at least 15 minutes.
  6. Gently dry the print head using paper towels.

After doing the aforementioned steps, put the print head back into your machine. Run a test print and you should be good to go! If you find this useful don’t forget to share and subscribe.


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  • Reply
    June 8, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Hey thanks for the tutorial. What is the water to alcohol ratio we should use for the solution?

  • Reply
    peter parker
    August 16, 2018 at 4:44 am

    My printer won’t turn off. I pushed the power button and 10 minutes later it is still shutting down. How can i solve this issue?

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