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Cleaning the Dryer Lint Trap

January 6, 2009

Dryer Lint TrapA great way to clean the lint out of your dryer: Tear a sheet of the sticky paper off of a dog hair or lint remover roll. Wrap the sheet around your 4 fingers (less your thumb) and swipe your hand through your lint catcher and around the surrounding areas of your dryer, including the wires that lint and spider webs gather on! Even get wild and wrap a few sheets around the end of a Swiffer mop and wipe off your fan blades or hard to reach ceiling corners- lint, fuzz, hair, dust and spider webs stick to this stuff instantly.

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June 25, 2010

Re-use your just used dryer sheet to remove the lint from the lint-screen. It grabs the lint easily and it will help preserve your manicured nails!

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September 17, 2011

A build up of residue especially from fabric sheets is hard to remove from the screen of you lint tray for your dryer. I found a bleach stick at the dollar store and squirted the gel on the screen.

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August 19, 2009

Here's a tip I got from my repairman when he came to do the yearly maintenance on my clothes dryer. He said to take the lint screen out of the dryer and get all the lint off of it.

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November 18, 2004

I have a narrow lint trap space in my dryer. I have found that the new Swiffer Duster with the extension handle works really well for going down into the lint trap, after I have removed the trap screen. It also works really well getting under the dryer too! By Mastiffs

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March 8, 2005

I had a wonderful morning, the heating unit went out of my dryer! Why does everything seem to fall apart this time of year!? The guy that fixes things went in to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter.

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It was clean. We always clean the lint from the filter after every load of clothes.

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July 8, 2017

Dryer lint traps may appear clean of lint, but still have residue on them from fabric softer. Wash them with a mild dish soap and an old toothbrush to keep the fabric softer buildup off of the trap. The buildup clogs up the screen, much like oil in your skin clogs up your pores. My dryer was throwing an error code to clean the trap. I saw little to no lint, yet after I washed the trap, the dryer started working again. I had no idea how much was built up on it until I compared the side I washed with the side I had not washed yet.

Keep Dryer Lint Trap Clean - clean and dirty side of dryer lint trap

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June 14, 2007

Many people don't know it but using dryer sheets, especially Bounce, can actually start dryer fires. To prevent this every couple weeks, remove your dryer lint trap and wash it with dish soap and warm water and then let it dry.

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April 16, 2005

Be sure to clean out your dryer's lint trap, after each use. Forgetting to do so, might cause a fire. It's better to be safe than sorry.

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April 26, 2007

Do you use fabric softener sheets in your dryer? Every once in awhile, take your lint trap and wash it in hot water and dry. Dryer sheets can clog your lint trap.

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January 12, 2017

I just moved into an apartment with a super old dryer. I am not sure what year it is. I've checked the inside and outside of the dryer for a lint trap and I can't seem to find it anywhere. I haven't removed lint from the dryer since I moved in maybe a month ago.

Also, the dryer takes forever to dry anything! Any suggestions on what to do or where to look next for a lint trap? I'm sure it's way over due for a cleaning.

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January 12, 20170 found this helpful

You may have to take the top off to find it. If it's not there, remove the front bottom panel.

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January 13, 20170 found this helpful

See if you can find and write down the make and model and even serial number. Contact the manufacturer (if they're still in business). You may have to hunt down re-manned (re-manufactured) parts or investigate making a substitue.

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As to heating? Check everything's hooked up the way it's supposed to be (with no gaps in the ductwork / venting). The heating portion may be worn out. Talk to your landlord about replacing it with a newer, second-hand appliance?

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January 13, 20170 found this helpful

Maybe someone could help if you could give us the make of your dryer.
I would seriously consider not drying clothes until you find the lint trap.
Have you called your landlord? I think he would be very glad to try and help so that a fire may be avoided.

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January 13, 20170 found this helpful

Can you post a picture of the dryer? Inside and out? Look on the top, outside sides and in the wall of the dryer on the front side.

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What kind is it? I had one years ago where it slid out the side of the dryer, on the outside.

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January 14, 20170 found this helpful

See if it's in the dryer door.

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June 25, 2010

Get in the habit of cleaning the lint screen in your dryer between each load. Your dryer will run more efficiently when the lint screen is cleaned.

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August 19, 2009

Does your clothes dryer take longer than it should to dry your clothes when set on auto-dry? Ours would be running when we got up in the morning.

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