It’s one of the greatest mysteries on earth: how to properly clean your dryer lint trap screen. Generally, most people already know how to clean it, but do they really know how to do it properly? It’s a little more involved than you might think. Once you know these simple tricks for cleaning your lint trap, you’ll have less lint to worry about on your clothes – and your dryer will last longer, too.
Washers and dryers don’t come cheap; that’s why it’s important to take good care of them and do regular maintenance; that way, they will last a long time. You’ll save money in the long run if you don’t have to pay the repair guy to come in and fix them, and the best part of all is they’ll take much better care of your clothes. Have you ever emptied your dryer, only to find your fresh clean laundry covered in lint? You must have forgotten to clean out that lint trap after the last load. Or maybe it’s time for a more extensive cleaning? You don’t have to perform this ritual every day, but if you do it once a month, your lint trap should be good to go. You can even test it out to see if it needs more than just emptying.
It may seem like a bother, but did you know that cleaning out the lint trap after every load helps you cut back on overall drying time? Less drying time means less energy – and money – is used while drying your clothes. Other important practices for drying your laundry in a clothes dryer are: shaking each item as you remove it from the washer – this helps removes wrinkles and excess dust and also curtails overall drying time; always select the appropriate setting to dry your laundry – for example, cotton items require a higher heat, delicate items need a lower one, and you can always just use air dry if you want to fluff up the duvet. If you want to save energy, and keep the electricity bill down, it’s a wise idea to dry full loads rather than just a few items at a time. Another great tip is to dry one load after another, so the dryer doesn’t have to warm up as much. Keep the dryer door shut throughout the entire drying process, if possible, to keep the hot air in and to lessen drying time. It might seem like a temptation, but it’s not a good idea to add wet clothes to a load that is already half dry.
There’s a moisture sensor inside your dryer that will become confused when wet clothes are added to dry ones, and you could end up with some clothes that are over-dried while others might come out damp. Finally, never over dry your clothes by leaving your drying cycle on for too long. There are certain fabrics, like cotton, that will shrink when dried for too long. You can also cause your clothes to wear much faster when you over dry them.
For the full scoop on how to clean your dryer lint trap, you’ll want to visit Kait over at A Clean Bee website, where you’ll learn lots more helpful housecleaning hacks.*
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