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My partner left a lighter in his pocket and after washing his clothes I put them in the dryer and now every time I use the dryer the clothes come out smelling of lighter fluid and it's disgusting. What can I do to get rid of the smell? I have cleaned the lint area and pulled the back off it and cleaned that out. I've given up using it due to the smell and now I am hanging the clothes out on a clothes hanger inside, but with a four year old and a 7 month old I really need my dryer and it's also winter here atm.

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I am trying to avoid buying a new dryer. Does anyone have any ideas on what I can do to get rid of the smell?

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July 16, 20180 found this helpful

You can try a product called Nok-Out. You can get it on amazon.

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July 16, 20180 found this helpful

Depending on how bad it is you may want to take a clean cotton rag and put a tablespoon of Dawn dish soap on the rag, squish it around, and wipe down the inside of the machine. The plain simple Dawn works best and leaves the least residue.

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Then take a damp rag and wipe out the soap residue. Leave the door open over night. It may take a few treatments. This usually breakes down the greasy lighter residue and removes the smell.

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July 18, 20180 found this helpful

www.quora.com/Why-does-my-dryer-smell-like-lighter...

This has a way to try to remove the smell, but more *importantly* I think, is, those vapors/fumes from the lighter residue that you're smelling, when a dryer heat gets hot enough, it can become combustible.

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July 24, 20180 found this helpful

well that sounds a bit dangerous as dryers, under bad circumstances, are notorious for randomly starting house fires, and a lighter is in essence an accelerant, so add the dryer heat and guess what happens?

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I'm pretty scaredy cat about thigns like that so i owuld just list it on craigslist and get a new (used) one. YOu put the ad with the caveat re the lighter and be willing to let it go for cheap

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