Color me surprised!

Many of us are trying to save money and be super resourceful during this pandemic. That hasn’t been the easiest task for my family, especially having to dole out hundreds of dollars to outfit our home to be ready for virtual school. Still, I am constantly on the look out for savings whenever possible.

Recently, I’ve noticed our computer ink cartridges were at least half-way full but our prints would be streaking or have color faded lines. I would take the black and color ink cartridges out of the printer, shake and blow on them (because it’s an Atari, right?) to no avail.

Determined not to waste anymore ink or money, I did what any millennial would do.

I went to YouTube to search for a solution.

Low and behold, the fix was quick, easy, and cost $0.00. 

First, I carefully added boiling hot water to a bowl, just enough to submerge the ink nozzle of both cartridges (the part where ink goes from the cartridge to paper). The water was no higher than my finger. I let both edges of the nozzle sit for about 5 minutes on each side.

Next, I took the cartridges out, shook off the excess water, and placed them on a clean paper towel. I let them sit about 20 minutes and voila – I was back in business.

The ‘before’ image below shows an alignment page before I submerged the cartridges and the ‘after’ image is a full test page post cartridge revival. Give it a try!

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