How to Clean a Dryer Lint Trap

Twin Cities Appliance
May 8, 2023
Dryer Repair

We all know it’s a good idea to keep our clothes dryers clean and free from lint. Unfortunately, one task that often gets overlooked is cleaning out the lint trap on a regular basis. Not only can dirty and clogged lint traps make your drying time longer, but they also present a major fire hazard. That’s why it’s important to know how to properly and thoroughly clean a dryer lint trap—and we’re here to help!

In this post, you get all the tips you need for removing debris from your lint trap quickly and efficiently, no matter what type of dryer you have!

1. Remove the lint trap and set it aside on a flat surface

Laundry day can be quite a chore, but with a few tricks at your disposal, you can make the process a little smoother. One task that’s often overlooked is cleaning out the lint trap before starting a load of laundry. This super simple step can make a big difference in the overall efficiency of your dryer as it allows for better airflow and faster drying times.

To remove the lint trap, simply locate it in your dryer and gently pull it out. The lint trap is usually at the bottom of the door frame when you open the dryer. However, some models have a lint trap at the top of the dryer, which can be accessed by opening the small flap. In either case, pull out the lint trap.

Set the lint trap aside on top of the dryer and use your hands or a brush to remove any lint or debris. Trust us, taking a few extra seconds to clean out the lint trap is well worth the time and effort in the long run.

2. Clean off any lint or debris from around the edges of the lint trap using a small brush

When it comes to maintaining your dryer, one of the most important steps is cleaning the lint trap. However, it’s not enough to remove the lint from the trap itself. The edges of the trap can also collect debris that can impact the performance of your dryer. That’s why it’s essential to use a small brush to clean around the edges of the lint trap. Not only does this prevent any buildup that could lead to a fire hazard, but it also helps your dryer run more efficiently.

So, take a few extra moments to give your lint trap a thorough cleaning and you’ll be rewarded with a smoother-running machine and peace of mind knowing you’re doing your part to keep your home safe.

3. Use a vacuum cleaner hose attachment to thoroughly vacuum out all of the lint and debris from the lint trap

Cleaning out your dryer’s lint trap may seem like a minor task, but neglecting it can lead to serious consequences, like a house fire, more expensive energy bills, and a shorter lifespan for your dryer.

The areas around the lint trap can also become clogged with lint and debris that either escapes or falls out of the lint trap. That’s why a great step to take on laundry day is to thoroughly vacuum out any trapped lint and debris using a vacuum cleaner hose attachment. This allows for proper airflow and prevents lint buildup, which can cause overheating and ignite a fire.

If your vacuum doesn’t reach into the chute that contains the lint trap, you can still clean the area using a few options.

You can use a small duster like a Swiffer duster to reach into the cracks and crevices.

Using a rubber band, you can attach a microfiber cloth to a butter knife or, better yet, a flyswatter. These tools can reach the difficult spaces in the lint trap chute and help you clear out all of the lint from inside your dryer.

So the next time you do laundry, make sure to give your lint trap chute a good cleaning to keep your home and family safe.

4. Reinstall the lint trap and check that it’s securely in place

When it comes to maintaining your dryer, ensuring that the lint trap is securely in place is crucial. Not only can it affect your dryer’s overall performance, but it can also lead to potential safety hazards. Taking the time to reinstall the lint trap correctly ensures that it catches all of the lint and debris and prevents it from getting into the dryer’s internals. It’s a simple task, but one that shouldn’t be overlooked. So, take a few minutes to double-check that the lint trap is properly installed and keep your dryer running smoothly for years to come.

5. Check inside the dryer vent every six months

Many of us know the importance of cleaning the lint trap in our dryer after every load, but what about the rest of the dryer? Over time, lint can build up in the dryer vents and cause a potential fire hazard.

The vent is the big silver hose that helps get rid of the hot air and moisture the dryer creates as it runs. It’s important to check inside the vent for lint or clogs and remove them as necessary.

To clean the vent, you should unplug the dryer and move it away from the wall so you can access the back. From there, you can detach the vent at both ends. You should use a vacuum or a lint vent cleaning kit to remove the excess lint. Then, simply reattach the vent, plug the dryer back in, and you’re good to go.

This not only helps prevent fires, but also increases the efficiency of your dryer, allowing it to dry clothes faster and save energy. So, take a few extra minutes to give your dryer some TLC and ensure it operates safely and efficiently.

The bottom line

Cleaning the lint trap is an important and necessary step in making sure your dryer is running optimally. By taking the time to vacuum out the lint trap, check for any remaining lint in other parts of the dryer, and properly reinstalling the lint trap, you can prevent potential damage from occurring to your machine or your home. 

Not only that, but you can also help extend your dryer’s overall lifespan with proper and regular maintenance. So add this simple extra step to your laundry routine. Take off that lint trap and give it a good clean. Your dryer will thank you!

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