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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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    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?

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    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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    September 5, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Hey thank you for the tips, it can save more time and money by the way how much water and alcohol should we put in a bowl? don’t have idea for the measurements. hoping for reply.

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    September 17, 2019 at 7:40 am

    this worked for my Canon PIXMA MG3620, but only the Yellow in my canon ink was only clogged so I used warm water and Glass cleaner and soaked the print head for me to 4 hours as what instruction said. after that, i had to test the printer and it work. Great! thanks.

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    October 9, 2019 at 7:29 am

    thank you so much, this is really helpful. it’s frustrating when your printer isn’t working properly because a print head is clogged.

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    October 28, 2019 at 8:06 am

    This very very helpful, clogged ink cartridge printheads can cause a whole host of print quality issues, from missing colours to streaky prints.

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    December 4, 2019 at 6:33 am

    wow! thanks for this, almost spent some cash to be sent to a local printer technician. good job!

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    December 20, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Awesome guide! complete with materials needed and easy to understand instructions. Good job!

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    December 28, 2019 at 6:21 am

    Unclogging your printer head can be messy and tedious, but thanks to this guide maintaining your printer to prevent clogs is easy

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    January 6, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    I normally used lukewarm water and clean soft cloth whenever my printer head get clogged. Thanks for this article, I might follow this way.

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    January 28, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    I’ve tried it just the moment I read your blog. Thanks for your guide, keep sharing!

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    February 12, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Just wow! I do this earlier and finally got my printer look as new and it functions better as well. Thanks a lot for sharing!

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