11/2/11

Please Clean Deep Inside Your Dryer Vent NOW!


Clogged dryer vents can cause a fire.  It's the perfect combination of heat and lint.  Even though I swipe the lint trap clean after each drying cycle, there is still a lot left inside the unit.  Removing it is such an easy process, given you have the right tools.  It takes me less than five minutes to clear out a month's worth of lint.


Here's what happens if a dryer vent is NEVER vacuumed...





Here's how it goes.


Purchase a dryer vent cleaning kit.  I've seen them in hardware stores, Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, Amazon, etc.  I happened to find mine on Fly Lady's website:




They cost $10 - $25 dollars.  Money WELL spent!  I think they should be sold along with any dryer.  Here's a link to a dryer cleaning kit on Amazon.  It's almost identical to mine.


Before I start, I empty my vacuum canister - I love to see how much I've collected when I'm done.


I also have to clear away the large objects (Like Jack, the train).



Next, I remove the lint trap and look down inside to see how much lint is left behind.


The purple arrows above are where I took the next picture...




What a fire hazard!

Next, I use the long brush to loosen the lint.

I then fit the hose onto the top of my vacuum.

And go to town!


The RESULTS:

Out of here...


...and into here...


It's amazing how much lint can build up after just one month.

Such a simple process that could save your family and home.


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4 comments:

  1. This is such a great post! It's a reminder we all need. My elderly mother actually FORGOT about her dryer vent and it got dangerously full before it was discovered.

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  3. Thanks so much for this post! I knew I was supposed to do this, but never knew how. I also wipe out the inside of the drum really well with a rag and white vinegar to get the fabric softener build up out of the inside. You wouldn't believe how much even liquid fabric softener rubs off inside the dryer!

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  4. First time here

    Loved this informative post !! Thanks so much for all the information .

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