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Cleaning Your DRYER LINT TRAP
CLEANING YOUR DRYER LINT TRAP
Why Clean It?
Lint builds up on the trap and causes a blockage which prevents the air from flowing through it. That slows down the drying of clothes wasting energy and time. It can also contribute to a dryer fire.
Clean It After Every Use
You should clean the lint trap in your dryer before or after every use. It’s a good habit to get into, even for small loads. If you make it part of your routine, you’ll be much less likely to accidentally forget about it.
Removing lint from the filter isn’t enough. The lint trap still needs additional cleaning to remove residue from dryer fabric softener sheets, and detergent sticky residue that blocks air flow.
Once A Month
Once a month, it’s a good idea to remove your lint trap and give it a good washing. Put the filter in some hot, soapy water and let it sit 10 minutes or so. Then gently scrub it with a sponge or soft brush. Rinse it well. Let the trap dry completely before replacing it in your dryer.
Every Month or Every Other Month
Lint builds up behind and under the lint trap. When it does your dryer does not work as efficiently. It takes longer for clothes to dry. It can cause odor that can be transferred to clean clothes and the big thing, it is the leading cause of dryer fires.
This should be cleaned monthly if you do a large number of dryer loads a month or bi-monthly if you do an average number.
How To Clean It
This is hard to do without the right tools. I use the VaccUFlex™. It attaches to any vacuum hose including a shop vac. It comes with various size tubing that attaches to the main tube and can basically suck a ring out of a sink drain with its power.
Check out the pictures of what happened when I used it on a friend’s dryer – who shall remain nameless!
Where can you get it? Easy and you don’t even have to leave home. I have tried them all, and this is the best. It has tons of other uses too.
Buy the VaccUFlex HERE