How to Fill HP Black Ink Cartridges

By Catherine Johnson

  • Overview

    If you frequently use your printer for work or school, you know that it is very easy to go through large amounts of black ink cartridges. A more simple and affordable solution is to refill the ink rather than purchase a whole new cartridge. This also helps the environment by recycling the plastic cartridges for several more uses. In just a few steps, you will easily be able to refill and reuse your HP black ink cartridges.
    Refilling your HP black ink cartridge is a cheap and easy alternative to purchasing a new one.
    • Step 1

      Remove the empty ink cartridge from your HP printer. Using the toilet paper, gently wipe the cartridge head in a vertical direction to completely remove excessive clogged ink.
    • Step 2

      Cut a small amount of adhesive tape and apply it to the cartridge head. Make sure the tape is on airtight.


    • Step 3

      Peel the sticker on the top of your cartridge until you see a hole. Check the maximum capacity of ink that your cartridge will hold.
    • Step 4

      Using the syringe, carefully inject the black ink into the cartridge hole, taking care to not go over the maximum capacity limit.
    • Step 5

      Tightly reseal the sticker over the hole. Remove the tape over the cartridge head.
    • Step 6

      With a piece of toilet paper, gently wipe the cartridge head again in a vertical direction and remove any excess ink.
    • Step 7

      Insert the ink cartridge back into your printer.
    • Skill: Moderately Easy
    • Ingredients:
    • Black ink (check the type that is needed for your ink cartridge)
    • Toilet paper
    • Adhesive tape
    • Syringe
    • Tip: Make sure to completely wipe the cartridge head until all excess ink is removed. If this area is not thoroughly wiped, it can lead to a blocked nozzle.
    • Tip: Leave your cartridge on top of a paper towel for about an hour before reinserting it into the printer. This will ensure that you catch any leaks or drips from the cartridge.

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