Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Love Your Laundry Room: Maintaining Your Clothes Dryer


Your clothes dryer should be cleaned on a regular basis to keep your dryer efficient and safe. When clothes and other items are dried, lint is left behind, which "should" be removed from your dryer's screen after every use. I say "should", because my husband would beg to differ if he were left in charge of the laundry. Lint buildup can reduce your dryer's airflow, causing dry time to lag on (and on, and on), thus causing the temperature to increase and potentially leading to the motor burning out and in the most extreme scenario... a fire.

So follow these simple steps to a happy dryer...

-ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS empty your lint trap after each load.

-Remove and wash the lint trap seasonally. Use a mild detergent with a soft-bristled brush to clean and unclog the holes in the lint trap and then set it aside and allow it to dry completely before you insert it back into your dryer.


-Vacuum the inside of the lint trap section using your smallest attachment to remove stray lint or clumps of lint. Hint: If you don't have an attachment that will fit into your lint trap, a collapsed paper towel holder on the end of your vacuum hose will do the trick nicely.


-Vacuum or use a moist rag on the wall and floor behind your dryer to clean any stray lint and dust.

Ewww...


-Locate your outside dryer vent and remove any existing lint or other debris from it. If a vent plate is attached to your outside vent, you may need to use a screwdriver to remove the plate before you can clean. If your outside vent contains hinges or flaps like mine, clean around the hinges and make sure they work freely to allow airflow and ventilation.

Follow these steps regularly and you'll cut your dry time in half...your utility bill and dryer will thank you : )

For how to maintain your front load washer, see my post HERE.

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