Who hasn’t reached for a pen only to find that it’s all dried out and doesn’t work anymore. Did you know most pens can draw a line nearly two miles long before running out of ink? Yeah, we’ve never gotten nearly that amount of use from a pen before it dried out either. Luckily, you can revive dried out pens. Easily. So before you toss your scratchy pen, try our 5 tips on how to revive dried out pens.
5 ways to revive dried out pens
- Soak: dissolve dried ink on the nib by soaking your pens in a cup of hot water or rubbing alcohol.
- Forced air: remove the ink cartridge and blow on on the clean end to force ink to the nib.
- Scraping method: remove the dried ink clogging up the nib by rubbing your pen on the bottom of your shoe, a damp cloth or an emery board.
- Fire: Hold your pen tip to a lighter flame for a few seconds to melt dried off a ballpoint.
- Rod it out: use a straightened out paper clip and a drop of nail polish remover to clear out the dried ink clogging up the ink cartridge.
If you try all these tips and your favorite pen is still well and truly dead, you may be able to just replace the ink cartridge. Know another way to revive dried out pens? Share your tips in the comments.