Oh, the dryer—that magic machine that makes your freshly washed wet clothes dry, fluffed, and ready to wear. But did you know that your dryer could also benefit from a regular wash? Read on to learn more about how to keep your dryer sparkling clean!
HOW TO CLEAN LINT FROM DRYER
Lint build up in your dryer isn’t just an annoyance—it can be dangerous. Several thousand fires are reported each year as a result of dirty clothes dryers. If you aren’t already, get in the habit of cleaning your dryer lint screen after every load. Remove the screen, then gently pull the lint off by hand.
Every 6 months, deep clean the lint screen. After removing the lint, rinse the screen with hot water. Dissolve a laundry detergent pod in hot water and use a small brush to scrub and remove any buildup. Rinse the screen once more in hot water and let it dry!
While the lint screen is drying, use a vacuum or small brush to clean out the lint trap, which is located directly under the screen. Keeping the lint screen and lint trap clear can help prevent clogs from building up in your dryer vent.
Is your dryer not working as quickly as it once was? It may be time to clear out the dryer vent. Cleaning the dryer vent can be tricky, so you may want to hire a professional, but if you’re the DIY type, you can do it yourself with a dryer vent cleaning kit!
HOW TO CLEAN THE INSIDE OF A DRYER
Once your dryer is clear of lint, it’s time to give the drum a good cleaning! No matter how carefully you check your pockets, a bit of a mess inside the dryer is inevitable. Carefully remove any stuck hairs or threads using your hands or a soft tool like a rubber spatula.
Consider using a Cora Ball in your washing machine, which catches tiny invisible microfibers, lint, and larger pieces of thread and hair, to prevent these messes in the first place!
Next, dissolve an Oxi Booster Pod in warm water and use the solution to wipe out the inside of the dryer. This will make sure that your clean clothes stay clean by preventing odor and removing any buildup. You can also use this solution on the outside of your laundry machines, on counters, and on floors to keep your laundry room looking sparkling!
Pro tip: If you’re still using sticky, artificial dryer sheets, try swapping them out for our XL Wool Dryer balls! These natural dryer balls help soften your laundry and reduce drying time, without adding any extra chemicals. Looking for some extra scent? You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the dryer balls to lightly scent your laundry during the dryer cycle!
Cleaning your dryer may seem intimidating, but a regular quick clean will help keep your dryer running well, prevent accidents, and extend the life of your machine.