You may not have given it much thought before, but cleaning your dryer vents and lint trap is actually very important. Build-up of lint and hair can lead to various dryer problems and even dryer fires. Learning how to clean a dryer lint trap thoroughly is more useful than you know.

We recommend cleaning your dryer lint trap after each cycle to avoid these common problems:

  • Excess dry times
  • Dryer takes more than one cycle to dry clothes
  • Dryer feels hot to the touch
  • Dryer fires

Steps to Clean a Dryer Lint Trap and Dryer Vents

How to Properly Clean a Dryer Lint Trap

You’re may think that to clean a dryer lint trap simply refers to the standard “pull the lint off the screen” method. Well, that’s a start, but you may need to take it a step further. Depending on your wash and dry habits, you may also need to get dryer sheet residue off lint screen.

One test you can do with your lint trap is to hold it up to the light. You may notice that the trap is no longer transparent against the light. If this is the case, you may have buildup from dryer sheet residue.

Another test that is a tell-tale sign of a restricted lint trap is to trickle water onto the trap. If the trap holds the water rather than passing it through the mesh screen, then the lint trap is clogged. If the screen is clogged, then air will be restricted as well, which reduces your dryer’s ability to dry clothes efficiently.

To ensure your lint trap is completely clean and free from lint and residue, follow these steps to deep clean a dryer lint trap.

Step 1 – Remove all surface lint from the lint trap.
Step 2 – Wet the lint trap screen and apply a small amount of dish soap.
Step 3 – Use a soft-bristled brush to gently scrub the screen until all the waxy residue is gone.
Step 4 – Rinse the screen thoroughly.

Note: For very heavy residue buildup, repeat the steps using a detergent such as Chlorox CleanUp or Simple Green.

Once you wash a dryer lint trap to perform a deep cleaning, check the transparency using the light and water tests to ensure it is completely clean and dry before returning it to the dryer vent.

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How to Clean Dryer Vents

Knowing how to clean a dryer lint trap is just the beginning of dryer maintenance. You also need to know how to clean dryer vents, as this is where the majority of the lint buildup occurs. Here are some quick and easy steps to clean dryer vents.

Step 1 – Unplug the Dryer – always do this when servicing an appliance.
Step 2 – Use an appliance brush to sweep/spin/catch lint from the dryer vent and duct.
Step 3 – Vacuum any loose lint and debris inside the vent and around the outside of the dryer.
Step 4 – Clean out the vent that extends to the vent exhaust on the outside of the house.
Step 5 – Remove and vacuum all loose and remaining lint.


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