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There can be many reasons why ink cartridges dry out (not using them enough, bad ink cartridges etc). As far as alcohol the percentages in them are very little (from my understanding less than 1% if any). Not all ink cartridges dry quickly on paper. Some takes a few minutes. I do know that you can fill with a drop of water if you have a kit and it usually works for awhile. Most people suggest that you can add a few drops of ammonia to the ink to keep it from drying up or to get a dried up ink cartridges back working again.
How long was the ink cartridge sitting? Did the printer go unused? Was the printer turned off for a long period of time? Air also degrades the ink cartridge and makes it evaporate. I have not found out that there are any alcohol used in ink cartridges to dry them out. If the ink cartridge is already loaded into your printer it is not well sealed, it is already considered as used. If it is still in the plastic wrap then the ink cartridge could be defective.
I did find this in an article but it doesn't clarify what drying agents are used in ink: inks also contain additives such as waxes, lubricants, surfactants, and drying agents to aid printing and to impart any desired special characteristics.
2-Pyrrolidone 616-45-5 210-843-1 <10 Xi; R36/37/38
Isopropyl alcohol 67-63-0 200-661-7 <5 F; Xi; R11-36-67
Carbon black 1333-86-4 215-609-9 <5 not classified
Water 7732-18-5 231-791-2 > 50 not classified
This is what is in almost all ink cartridges. As above in previous conversation it does contain less than 1% alcohol.
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