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Ink stains in my dryer drum!

My husband did a load of laundry and left a Bic ink pen in a pocket. After drying, there was ink all over the drum and the baffles. He tried to clean up and cover up the deed with Soft Scrub with bleach. Luckily I caught it before he scrubbed with the abrasive cleanser and carefully diluted it with water and cleaned it out, though unforrtunately I was gassed with the chlorine fumes in the process. Other than replacing the drum for about $250, is there a product or process that will remove the ink without damaging the enamel of the drum interior and the vinyl baffles? (A damp rag seems to smear the ink on the baffles, but not remove it, and has no effect on the enamel drum interior.) Thanks so much for your help and advice!

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