Time: 30 minutes
It’s no secret that dryers can become a dangerous fire hazard–but you may not know that this can be easily prevented. Remove lint buildup and keep your dryer running safely and efficiently, with a simple routine cleaning.
What's in it for you?
- Prevent fires
- Increase your dryer’s efficiency
- Save money
- Gear up. The inside of a dryer can get dusty so don some protective goggles, old clothes, and a ventilation mask before you start cleaning. You’ll also need a vacuum with a hose attachment and a standard dryer vent brush kit.
Pro Tip: You can use this gear to clean your refrigerator’s condenser coils too!
Unplug & detach. Unplug your dryer fully. Pull your dryer away from the wall as far as possible and detach the dryer vent hose from the wall (that’s the large shiny metal hose). Unscrew the clamps attaching the vent hose to the wall.
Brush the pipe. Using the largest round brush, insert it into the duct and sweep it back and forth, twisting gently to catch the lint, before withdrawing. Clean the brush with the vacuum in between brushing, until no lint remains. Repeat this process at the outside opening of the duct as well.
Vacuum the lint trap. Next, remove and clean the lint trap filter. Using the smallest hose attachment, vacuum inside the lint trap housing first. Then insert the long flexible brush and extend it as far as you can, repeating the same spinning motion used for the duct. Clean the brush with the vacuum in between brushing and then vacuum the cavity one last time when you’re finished.
Pro Tip: Cleaning your lint trap after every cycle greatly reduces the amount of lint buildup in your dryer and ducts.
- Re-attach & repeat as needed. Replace the lint trap, re-attach your dryer vent hose and move your machine back to its original position before plugging everything back in. Repeat this cleaning process every couple of months to keep your dryer running smoothly.