Time: 5 minutes
Have you ever washed your dryer lint filter? Even if it looks clean, airflow may be restricted by a nearly invisible film caused by dryer sheets.
You can test it by pouring water into it - if the filter holds water, itâ€™s past time to clean. When airflow is restricted, it forces the machine to work harder, increasing drying time and energy use.
To clean your dryer lint filter and filter housing:
Remove the lint screen from the filter housing.
Clear the lint from the screen. You can also use a vacuum cleaner and soft brush attachment to remove remaining lint.
Wash the filter using a small amount of detergent and a soft-bristle brush, and let it dry completely before returning it to the machine.
Swap out the soft brush attachment for one with a longer neck, and use the vacuum to remove any lint from the filter housing (also known as a lint trap). If you donâ€™t have a narrow enough attachment on your vacuum, you can also use a swiffer duster or sticky paper from a dog hair or lint remover roll. Simply wrap the paper around your fingers and swipe your hand through the filter housing.
You should wash your dryer lint filter twice a year at a minimum, but we recommend doing it monthly to maximize the benefits.