A few months ago our dryer kinda caught on fire. It started to smoke really badly. When the repair guy came, he found over a pound of lint behind the drum. Apparently the people who rented the place before us NEVER cleaned the lint trap. Well, the apartment owners refuse to replace the dryer. We're stuck with clothes that smell smokey and an apartment that smells like old cigars (and we're all non-smokers). I've tried vinigar and Febreeze. Does anyone have suggestions of what I can do to get rid of the smell?
Mallory from Orlando, FL
Now that the lint is gone, it's just going to be a matter of time to get the smoke smell out. My recommendation, even though I hate wasting energy, is to run it over and over with a load of rags/towels. When they dry, rewash them to remove the smell, and dry them again. Continue until they come out without the smoke smell.
if you have renter's insurance you can file a claim and they will pay professionals to clean your house to rid the smoke smell. i can't emphasize enough how EXTREMELY IMPORTANT (and cheap) it is to have renter's insurance. you were lucky only the dryer caught fire and not the whole place. my friend recently lost everything in an apartment fire. they had just moved from out of state and bought everything new (ie: furniture, electronincs, etc. )she had no insurance. since the fire started in her apartment, the landlord's insurance co. sued her to reimburse his claim, and an upstairs neighbor sued her to recover his deductible for the cleaning company costs from smoke damage. she is out well over $30,000. and insurance policy would have cost them a little over $100. per year, payabale in monthly installments.
If some of the smell is in your house actually boil the vinegar on the stove. Some people just set it out but you need to really boil it and it penetrates so much better. Cleans your sinus too!
Check local landlord-tenant laws. Some attorneys may provide an initial half hour or so counseling for free. You may be able to force the replacement of the dryer or reimbursement if you replace it yourself. (Or, you may be able to find a cheap used one.)
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