How to Make Inkjet Print Head Cleaning Solution

By Kenneth Coppens

Print heads in a printer may become clogged if they aren't used regularly. If they remain inactive for too long, the ink will dry up in the small holes and form a barrier that ink is incapable of passing through. When this occurs, a simple cleaning solution can be used to fix the problem. With just a few common household materials and about 10 minutes of your time, you can restore your printer to working condition.

Things You'll Need

  • 16 oz. jar
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Spoon
  • Cotton ball
  • Paper towel

Step 1

Rinse out a 16 oz. jar with water to make sure any residual food or dust is completely gone.

Step 2

Fill the jar with water, 1 tbsp. rubbing alcohol and a drop of liquid dish soap. Stir the contents with a spoon to thoroughly mix them.

Step 3

Dip a cotton ball halfway into the cleaning solution and pull it out. Let any excess liquid drip off of the cotton ball.

Step 4

Hold the cotton ball against the printer head for 10 minutes. The solution will break up any blockages in the head.

Step 5

Pat the printer head dry with a paper towel.