Lint buildup in your dryer and vents is one of the top fire hazards in homes.
Even if you clean out the fuzzy stuff after each use, you should do an annual deep-clean of your dryer – you’ll save energy and reduce the chance of a fire.
How to clean your dryer:
Step 1: Remove your lint trap. (This is the mesh screen that catches all the fuzzy stuff.) Use a cleaning brush or old toothbrush to give it a good scrub. Wash the screen in warm, soapy water if needed.
Step 2: Using a vacuum hose or long brush, clean the cavity you pulled the filter out of.
Step 3: Ensure that the areaaround your dryer remains clutter-free.
Signs that your dryer needs attention
If you experience any of these changes to your dryer, request service immediately:
- Clothes are taking longer to dry
- Clothes are hotter than normal at the end of the cycle
- The dryer gets very hot
- Burnt smell coming from your dryer