How to Fix Clogged Ink Cartridges

By Greyson Ferguson

When you leave a full ink cartridge sitting in a printer without using it for several weeks, if not months, it can clog. The clog will occur when ink on the printer head dries up and won't allow additional ink to pass by, effectively rendering a brand-new ink cartridge worthless. That is at least until you clean the clog out, which, lucky enough, can be done in a few minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Ink cartridge
  • Bowl of water
  • Cotton swab
  • Paper towel

Step 1

Remove the ink cartridge from the printer.

Step 2

Fill a bowl with warm water.

Step 3

Hold the printer head (also referred to as print head) in the water for a few minutes. This is the small area on the bottom of the cartridge where the ink flows. You'll see the water change color from the dried ink flowing out of the cartridge.

Step 4

Take the ink cartridge out of the water. Use the cotton swab to wipe the printer head free of any additional ink that might still be there.

Step 5

Dab dry the end of the printer head, ensuring there is no water remaining. It is now safe to place the cartridge back into the printer.

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