By Tina from Waterford, MI
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I just cleaned the tar out of my dryer. I came here and saw the posting about using cooking oil. I ran the dryer for several minutes to heat it. Using several paper towels and coconut oil (it's great because it does not smell), I attacked the surface.
For the most part it came off very easily. A few bigger clumps required some "mild" elbow grease. I did need to reheat the dryer once or twice as the tar comes off much easier when hot. The whole removal process took about 5 to 10 min. When finished, I just washed the oil off using hot water and laundry detergent.
On a side note: I had this happen to me several years ago and was advised to use gasoline. That did indeed work, but it was so smelly and required venting. It took quite a while for the fume smell to go away. Coconut oil was a dream come true!
You can try baby oil and some elbow grease. I have been very lucky with gas though. You have to let your dryer air out for 24 hours after you use. Then I always do a load of rags before I dry anything else.
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How do I get hot oil tar out of clothes and dryer?
To get tar out of dryer walls, use mayonnaise. Rub mayonnaise on, let sit for 15 minutes then wipe off with a bit of elbow grease. It's the only trick that worked for me.
By Lori from Lancaster, PA
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