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How To Care For and Clean Your Clothes Dryer

By Edited Dec 11, 2013 2 2

A clothes dryer should be cleaned on a regular basis to ensure good working order. Clothes dryers also need to be cleaned in order to prevent a fire from lint build up. Many home fire begin in a clothes dryer because of lint. Clothes dryers can also become stained because of something left in a pocket such as crayons, markers or pens. These stains can be difficult to remove because they become set in to the dryer drum from the heat of the dryer.

Once a week wipe the outside of the clothes dryer with a sponge dampened with water and a mild dishwashing detergent. Wipe with a cloth dampened with plain water to remove the soap residue.

Remove all lint from the lint trap after each load of clothes.

Always keep your dryer vent clear of snow, leaves and debris. The dryer vent should never be blocked because an improperly vented dryer can caused carbon monoxide to vent back into your house. Carbon monoxide is a colorless odorless gas that can be deadly.

Two to three times per year depending on how often you use your clothes dryer, remove the plate from the back of the dryer and vacuum out all of the lint.

Every 6 months to a year, remove and replace the dryer duct. Dryer ducts are very inexpensive and easy to replace.

To remove ink stains or magic marker stains from the inside of your clothes dryer, use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Mr. Clean Magic Erasers usually work very well. If the stain remains, use isopropyl alcohol on a rag to scrub the stain out. It is very important to then wipe the inside of the clothes dryer down with warm water and a mild detergent, followed by wiping the inside of the dryer with a wet rag at least 6 to 7 times to remove the alcohol. Leave the dryer door open overnight to allow the fumes to evaporate. Use extreme care if you choose to use isopropyl alcohol because it is flammable from the heat of the clothes dryer.

To remove melted crayons from inside of the clothes dryer, allow the wax from the crayon to dry and harden, use a plastic spatula to break off as much wax as possible. Place wet rags in the dryer and turn it on. The rags should pick up much of the remaining crayon. You will probably be left with marks in the colors of the crayons, use a Mr. Clean Magic eraser to remove. If any discoloration remains, it will not come off on clothes in the dryer.

Any unknown clothes dryer stains can be removed with the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or soak clean rags in a mixture of 6 cups of water and 3/4 of a cup of bleach, place them in the dryer and run the clothes dryer through a cycle.



Feb 19, 2010 6:15am
Great article on how to care for and clean your clothes dryer.
Mar 4, 2010 1:48am
Very important clothes dryer cleaning info and steps. I didn't realize the dryer duct needs changing so often, thanks.
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