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Monday, April 1, 2013

Get More Ink

...out of your printer ink cartridge, that is.

Printer ink cartridges just cost money, don't they? I get so tired of buying yet another pack of ink. Perhaps because I never had to buy ink til I was 26 years old. Barely knew what the stuff was.
But, as a home school mom, I am constantly printing, copying, and scanning things. I go through ink at an alarming rate! I should buy stock in Kodak.

I found a way to get a few more pages out of my ink cartridge. I was so excited about it! I tried it several times, and lo and behold - it works!
I have never just thrown away a cartridge since, without doing this one simple trick first.
                                                    Before photo of my shopping list

Roll it.
OK, so maybe you knew this. It took me awhile to come across this weird trick, so maybe it can help someone else. Share the love, and all that.

Yes, all you do is roll it side-over-side.
Not end over end. And don't shake it.

For some reason, those two methods do not work. I tried. I mean - if rolling it several times gently is good - shaking it vigorously is better, right? Wrong.
Here's the checklist:

1. Just hold it like you do when you are going to put it in the printer - right side up.

2. Then roll it side-over-side about 4-5 times.

That's it! You will get about 10-12 more pages out of it.
                                                After photo of the same list

Have you ever done this? Did it work for you?


  1. Just ran out of black ink! Will have to try this!

    1. Oh, you'll have to let me know if it works for you! I wonder if it works for all printers.

  2. If you really want to relieve yourself of a lot of headache, get yourself a laser printer. The toners are all separate so if you run out you only replace that one color. With our inkjet if one color ran out all of them quit. I have a Dell 1320c and I buy the generic toner for 13.00 each and they last forever.

    1. Dawn, I did look at laser printers, but when I bought mine, i just didn't have money for one. They seem to be a bit pricier than the inkjets. But I like the idea of the separate colors. I will keep that in mind nexy time I have to buy a printer!

  3. Well, apparently it doesn't work for all printers! ;)

    1. Oh bummer! I don't know why it works for me, but I am glad it does. :)

  4. Also, you can take your empty ink cartridges to Office Max and they will give you a $3 credit for each cartridge!!


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