When it comes to cleaning the clothes dryer, most people just scrub the lint filter and call it a day. The problem is that lint filters never catch every single speck of lint that comes their way. This results in lint building up inside the dryer and around the drum, causing your dryer to waste more energy while taking more time to dry out your clothes. But efficiency aside, all that lint stuck inside your dryer is a real fire hazard and can easily be ignited by the gas burners, heating elements or sparks coming from the motor.
Depending on how frequently you use it, the dryer should be cleaned at least a couple of times a year in order to eliminate the risk of lint catching fire and to ensure your dryer is working at maximum efficiency. If your dryer is taking a lot more time than it used to dry out your clothes or the clothes are too hot when you take them out, then your dryer is definitely clogged with lint and needs to be thoroughly cleaned. Just remember to disconnect the gas or electricity before you begin cleaning.
Cleaning the exhaust
Dryer exhaust and vent hose often become clogged with debris, dust, and lint. As with the dryer itself, clogging inside the hose can decrease your dryer’s efficiency and increase the chance of catching fire. Before you start cleaning the exhaust, make sure to unplug the power cord from the socket, remove any clothes from the dryer and gently move it away from the wall to make the hose accessible. The hose is held a hose clamp which can easily be loosened using a flat-head screwdriver.
Once the clamp is unscrewed and loose, slide it off the dryer and pull the dryer further away from the wall. You can clean both the hose and the went easily using a clean toilet bowl scrubber. The bristles are hard enough to loosen up the dirt inside the hose without damaging it. Remove the loose debris from the hose using a vacuum cleaner. The easiest way to clean the vent is to wrap a towel around a broom or some other long piece of wood, insert it inside the vent and gently move it around to scrape the dirt and remove any blockages.
Cleaning the lint catcher
Although cleaning the lint catcher might sound a bit obvious to most, it still needs a thorough cleanse every once in a while. Take the catcher out of the trap and remove the built-up lint. Using the narrow nozzle of your vacuum cleaner, gently vacuum the screen and screen trap. Finish them off with a damp cloth and let them dry out completely before using the dryer again.
Cleaning the drum
Most contemporary dryers (as those within the new line of LG appliances, for instance) have a sanitization cycle which eliminates up to 99.9% of all bacteria, but this doesn’t prevent lint and dirt from finding their way into the drum. The drum is where you put all your clothes and it’s the easiest one to clean. Simply use a vacuum cleaner to pick up any dirt and debris and wipe it out with a cloth and some all-purpose cleaner.
Besides the drum, the dryer exterior is also easy to clean. All you need is a cleaning cloth and an all-purpose cleaner or some other common household cleaning mixture. Maintaining your dryer doesn’t take up a lot of time or effort so try to clean it thoroughly at least once every few months to ensure it’s running efficiently and eliminate the risk of lint building up and potentially catching fire.