Some time ago I discovered that Sainsbury’s bathroom cleaner in the UK was an excellent cleaner for dried up and clogged inkjet printers.
For those of you outside the UK, Sainsbury’s are a big supermarket chain, where I happen to get a lot of my food :-)
Unfortunately, the formulation was changed – probably to make it cheaper to make and in a fit of consumer safety paranoia, of the same sort that makes so many interesting ‘Science Experiments’ that little bit more difficult/illegal to try any more…
For a while, I’ve just added a bit of isopropanol to the current product (taking care not to leave it in the kitchen, since I no longer live alone… )
I’ve seen various substitutes (often found in cheaper stores) which work, but today, I was sent (thanks Roy) details about a mixture that includes the magic ether glycol that seems to make the product work just that little bit better on dried up ink.
ingredients list for inkjet cleaner
There are lots more details and important notes about cleaning clogged and dried up printers in the original article
This ‘new’ mix shows the sorts of products to try if you can’t find the exact same cleaner – if you’re in the US, please do let me know if you find a widely available alternative?
Wizz glass cleaner - work on clogged printers too
One important thing to remember about unclogging inkjet printers – be patient, be prepared to leave overnight.
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