Cleaning your lint trap has three distinct benefits. 1) It prolongs the life of your dryer’s heating element. 2) It helps your clothes dry more quickly. 3) It keeps energy bills down. Cleaning a lint trap is simple, but there’s more to it than scraping lint from the screen.
Cleaning a Dryer Lint Trap
- Remove the lint screen, and use a vacuum to remove any small bits of leftover lint.
- Take the lint trap screen to the sink, and wash it with warm soap and water.
- While the lint trap dries, use your vacuum to clean the slot the lint trap slides into. Use a long, narrow vacuum extension to reach as far down as possible. You might be surprised by how much lint you find.
- If you’re feeling handy, some lint traps can be more fully accessed if you remove a cover on the machine. Look for a set of screws or a latch that might allow access to this area. Depending on the type of dryer you have, you may find them located in the door jamb area or on an access port on the back of the dryer. But before you start taking stuff apart, it’s a good idea to take a photo you can reference during reassembly.