Can I use Rubbing Alcohol to Clean My Printer

Can I Use Rubbing Alcohol to Clean My Printer

Keeping your printer clean and well maintained ensures that you get the best value for your money. May it is an InkJet or a Laser printer, routine swabbing sessions will prevent smeared colors and distorted prints. Experts suggest that users can clean their printers using some rubbing alcohol, a few cotton swabs, a vacuum cleaner, and a soft-bristled brush, provided that the alcohol is not too strong.

NOTE: If you find that your paper is being smeared while leaving the printer, try cleaning the feed roller or platen to wipe off any built-up ink.

How to clean an InkJet printer.

  1. Remove the ink-head or cartridge. (Follow instructions on the printer)
  2. Use some rubbing alcohol to carefully clean the print head contacts.
  3. Wipe off any excess ink from the nozzle.
  4. Gently put back the cartridge
  5. Print out a test page to check if you got rid of any excess ink.


How to clean a Laser printer

Laser printers use a charged corona wire to draw toner from the printer drum onto the paper. Use the printer manual for added caution while cleaning the corona wire.

  1. Unplug your printer and make sure it cools down before you open it.
  2. Blow out any dust around the printer drum and corona wire using a vacuum cleaner.
  3. Pour some alcohol on a cotton swab and run it along the corona wire to clean any toner build-up.