1. EMPTY THE LINT FILTER
Emptying your dryer’s lint filter (also called a lint screen) after every load helps maximize your machine’s efficiency. A clogged lint filter not only blocks air flow, which spells longer drying time and higher energy bills, but it’s also a fire hazard.
Give the lint filter a rinse every few months to help remove any residue left behind by dryer sheets or fabric softener. Remove the filter from the lint trap and soak it in warm, soapy water. Gently scrub it with a soft brush. Give it a thorough rinse and let it dry completely before returning it to the dryer.
2. CLEAN THE LINT TRAP
The dryer’s lint trap, which houses the lint filter, can also get clogged with lint and other particles. Every few months, unplug the dryer, remove the lint filter, and vacuum the inside of the lint trap or clean it with a dryer lint brush.
3. WIPE DOWN THE INTERIOR
Give the dryer interior (the drum) a cleaning once a month to remove stains and residue from dryer sheets and fabric softener. Before you begin cleaning, unplug the dryer. Mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle and mist the inside of the drum. Wipe it down using a microfiber cloth. Leave the dryer door open until the inside is completely dry.
4. CLEAN THE VENT
Just like a clogged lint filter, a blocked dryer vent can reduce your machine’s performance and pose a fire hazard. To maintain a safe and efficient dryer, the vent should be cleaned at least once a year. Before you begin cleaning, unplug the dryer. Remove the vent from the back of the dryer and clean away lint and debris using a dryer vent brush or vacuum hose.