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Inkjet printer seldom used...what is the best way to preserve the ink cartidges?

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I have a laser printer and a inkjet printer but seldom use the inkjet for cost and quality, etc.  So, several months have passed and the inkjet seems to be dried up.  It worked fine the last time it was used.

I was wondering if anyone has tried storing the cartidges in a ziploc bag and what luck you have had?

Or, is printing at least one page a week a better solution?
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Callandor earned 500 total points
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The nozzles themselves may be clogged - you can try gently wiping the print head with a paper towel with alcohol, to dissolve the dried ink.  Even storing in a ziploc bag will not prevent drying - your best solution is to periodically use it.
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by:KingDumbNo
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I cleaned it with rubbing alcohol before researching how to do it.  That said, I think I may have ruined the cartridge since I wiped the entire copper surface.  Should I just buy new cartridges and hope I didn't ruin the printer?

Callandor, you've answered my question so I will award points shortly.  I want to leave this open for a little while longer in case you or someone else chimes in to respond to my additional thoughts above.

Thanks!
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by:pjcrooks2000
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King if it is an Epsom printer as I suspect it probably is, switch the machine off and only switch it on when it is being used.

good luck
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by:Callandor
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That won't work - I have an Epson 1280 and it dried out after a short time.
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by:KingDumbNo
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pjcrooks2000,

I didn't understand the "...it probably is..."  Did you mean to say that you think the printer is ruined or just the cartidges?

It's an HP and I do keep it turned off.  Good thought though.
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by:crazijoe
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Ink cartridges themselves have a shelf life. I have ran into buying some 6 month old expired cartridges that would clog after 4 or 5 days of non-use. I got a good deal on them but paid in the end. It wasn't worth the hassle.
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