While a complete dryer cleaning is a good thing twice a year or so, I am tackling the lint trap and dryer vent specifically today. This is such a good thing because a lint filled lint trap or dryer vent is a major fire hazard.
On those twice a year more thorough cleanings, I take my dryer apart to clean the lint more completely. However, this is a quick fix and a way to reduce your fire hazard probabilities if this is done once a month or so depending on the use of your dryer.
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Doing this quick clean on your lint trap doesn’t have to be a daunting task, however, and there is one amazing trick that makes it so much easier.
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Here’s what you will need:
- Vacuum with hose attachment
- empty cardboard paper towel roll or even better, an empty gift wrap cardboard tube (this is the trick)
- box or packing tape
- soft bristled scrub brush
- dish soap or vinegar
First, remove the lint trap and run it under water to begin cleaning
The lint usually sticks some, so then you can use a small amount of dish soap or vinegar and your scrub brush to lightly loosen up the lint.
Make sure it is rinsed well
Set aside to dry
While that is drying, vacuum up or wipe up any loose lint on the outside of the lint trap area in the dryer
Third, attach your cardboard roll to your vacuum attachment using the box tape
Make a tight seal to maintain suction. If you are using a wrapping paper roll, you may need to cut it down a bit. However, with the longer tube you will be able to reach further in your dryer more easily.
Fourth, use your newly created extended hose to clean down inside the vent itself
You can bend it to make it get down there just as you need it. This is such a slick trick!
Lastly, head outside to clean the vent from the outside
Just find where your dryer vent comes out of your house, open up the vent, reach in, and clean it out.
Easy peasy, right?
Really, it can’t get any easier!
Next time, clean your dryer’s lint trap using this one simple trick!
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