You might not think too much about cleaning your dryer. After all, the only thing it does is dry clothes that are already clean. But the inside of your dryer can get pretty dirty, especially if you don’t clean the lint out of it on a regular basis.
Keeping your dryer clean doesn’t actually take too much work, though. As long as you have the tools to remove the lint stuck in the vent and you have a few old towels on hand, you can quickly clean it up without wasting too much of your day.
1. Lint Lizard (h/t The Suburban Mom)
Lint buildup in your dryer is not only a nuisance, but also a fire hazard. Too much lint plus heat from your dryer is not a combination you want to mess with. You can save your dryer from its inevitable overheating with a product like the Lint Lizard. Just attach it to your vacuum’s hose and work it into the dryer vent. It will easily suck out the lint that your hose isn’t long enough to reach.
2. Water & vinegar (h/t The Happier Homemaker)
Simple as it may sound, water and vinegar is actually an incredibly effective way to clean your dryer. Fill your sink or a bucket with hot water and a cup of white vinegar and then dip in a clean cloth. You can use that cloth to wipe down the inside and outside of your dryer, as well as the lint trap. You might want to use more than one cloth, just to avoid carrying dust over from one spot to another. When you’re finished, run water on a different cloth and use it to wipe over everything.
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3. Dryer sheets & towels (h/t Grandfolk)
Even after you’ve cleaned your dryer, you might notice a lingering unpleasant odor. One way to get rid of this smell is to wipe down the inside of your dryer with a warm, wet towel. Then fill the dryer with about half a box of dryer sheets and several wet towels. Run the dryer on its highest and hottest setting and let the towels strip away the odor from the walls of the dryer while the dryer sheets release a better smell in its place.
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