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Check pockets before washing and drying clothing.
Substitute alcohol-based wipes or hand sanitizer for rubbing alcohol to remove permanent-marker stains from the inside of the dryer.
Turn the dryer on for a few minutes to warm the surface. This helps remove set-in marker stains by softening the ink.
When a permanent marker accidentally remains in a pocket during washing and drying, a marker-stained appliance often results, creating a laundry room disaster. Fortunately, removing permanent ink from the inside of a dryer is one of the least labor-intensive tasks associated with permanent-marker stains. A combination of commercial products and home remedies work to aid you in this task. Coupled with proper cleaning techniques, you can successfully remove the permanent-marker stains before they are transferred to other articles of clothing.
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Smear a nickel-sized amount of vegetable shortening onto a clean cloth. Rub the shortening onto the permanent-marker stains. The oil-based substance breaks down the marker stains to help remove them from the surface of the dryer.
Wipe off excess shortening with a clean cloth.
Dampen another cloth with undiluted rubbing alcohol. Wipe the remaining permanent-marker stains with the alcohol to remove them from the metal surface. As marker stains lift, change to a clean cloth and continue to wipe the inside of the dryer until the stains are gone.
Spray all-purpose cleaner inside the dryer and wipe off with a clean cloth. Leave the dryer door open for a few hours to allow chemical residue from the cleaner to evaporate.
Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.