Cleaning the Clothes Dryer Filter

When cleaning the lint filter on my dryer (which I do before every load), I use a small, damp paper towel. I have found that this works better than me licking the tips of my fingers to do it. The damp paper towel removes the lint better and cuts down on the dust that cleaning the filter creates.
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November 4, 20160 found this helpful

I clean my dryer lint filter by spraying it with diluted bleach solution and running it under hot water and then allowing it to dry before putting it back in the dryer. I have also use Liquid dishwashing detergent and a old toothbrush to scrub the screen and get the lint off of the fabric gasket around the edge. Allow the dryer lint filter to completely dry before inserting it back into the dryer

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November 4, 20160 found this helpful

msjodiwms, that's good advice. Thank you. It is important to clean the link filter like that ever so often, especially if you use fabric softener.

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November 4, 20160 found this helpful

When I do laundry, I wash 3-4 loads of clothes one after the other. What I'm talking about is removing the link after each load. It's very important to keep the lint filter clean as it can cause your dryer to over heat which can be a fire hazard.

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I know of two people that the dryer caught fire. One burned the house down.

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November 6, 20160 found this helpful

It is not just the lint filter that needs cleaning. Do not forget to clean the heat vents on the back of your clothes dryer. Once a year, pull your dryer out and clean the vents in the back with your vacuum. Lint likes to accumulate back there, and if it gets too hot, it can quickly start a house fire. The duct from your dryer to the outside also needs to be cleaned as lint will accumulate in there as well. I use the low setting on my dryer in hopes that taking a few minutes longer to dry my clothes will prevent the higher temperature from sparking a fire.

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November 7, 20160 found this helpful

I do that too. I know what it's like to come home and see your house in flames. Our house burned when I was in 7th grade and it's something that you do not want to go through.

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I commented before that a house burned because dryer caught fire. This was in our community and the people had left the dryer running while they were away from home. That's another no no.

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