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Friday, April 11, 2014

How To Clean a Dryer

Just so you know, according to the National Fire Protection Association

Dryers and washing machines were involved in one out of every 22 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments in 2006-2010.

According to the same article, the leading cause of dryer fires was a failure to clean.

So today, I am going to share how I cleaned my dryer to keep our family safe.   This post is consist of three parts.

Reminder:  Always read your dryer's user manual before doing something what everybody else is doing.  If for some reason, you cannot find it, most of the manuals are now available online.

1) Cleaning the Dryer Lint Screen
Every after drying the clothes, I clean the dryer lint screen and I'm sure most of you do, but even with that, a deep cleaning is still needed.  

Take your dryer lint screen out then do this quick and easy steps.  
Once cleaned, let it air dry.  You should be able to see through on the screen now as in the picture below.
Very clean.

2) Cleaning the Dryer Lint Trap
Cleaning the lint trap is kind of challenging for me because of the size of the opening.  If not for the dryer lint brush that I used, I would not be able to get through that hole at all.

Just kind of wiggle the lint brush in that area and capture as much lint that was built up inside the trap, as you can on the way out.  
Remove the lint from the brush, then wiggle that lint brush again inside the trap and capture as much lint as you can on its way out.

Repeat this process until you will see no more lint from the lint brush.

Then using the smallest vacuum extender hose, vacuum the trap  to get as much lint build up left inside.  A lint lizard is also another option for you to do this.

3) Cleaning the Dryer Interior and Exterior
To clean both the interior and exterior of the dryer, just dampen a wash cloth with a mixture of 1:1:1 warm water with bleach & dishwashing soap.  

Wipe the interior & exterior of the dryer with that wash cloth, squeezing the wash cloth in the process, most especially on the area where the dye build up is.

Leave it off for 5 to 10 minutes then start wiping the interior and the exterior with a clean wash cloth.

That is it.  Hope you find this helpful!  Are you ready to clean your dryer and be safe?

To see more of the spring cleaning posts, click here.
Tip: To clean your dryer vent, I recommend for your to get a professional's help.
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