GOOD READ Give Your Clothes Dryer a Tune-Up

by Robyn Wright on February 8, 2012

in Living

dryer tune up post

Another something great from Twitter today! @JillsGoodThings tweeted out a link to her recent post on giving your clothes dryer a tune-up. I had just asked my husband to clean out our vents really well last night so I thought I would take a look at the post to see if there was more we should be doing – THERE IS! Great step by step post with instructions from a mom/firefighter.

Go read the full post at One Good Thing by Jillie

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1 Rust February 8, 2012 at 5:32 pm

More helpful info from you! I’m heading over there now …

2 Robyn's Online World February 8, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Always happy to share!

3 Betty Baez February 8, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Oh wow this should be a public announcement to prevent fires, thanks I will be cleaning out my dryer vents ASAP

4 JeannetteNL1966 February 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Thank you so much for taking the time to post this! I was a touch misinformed about it myself. I had heard about the dryer sheet being the cause of fires. My remedy was to stop using dryer sheets and just use the liquid fabric softener. Apparently, the problem would still remain…how horrible it would be to burn down your home because of a clogged lint screen. WOW! Very scary-This will certainly be on my list of things to take care of immediately. Thanks again!

5 Robyn's Online World February 8, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Happy to share Jeannette – I told hubby all the extra steps tonight too and he was surprised also

6 ljatwood February 8, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Thanks for directing me to that article! I always clean out the lint after every load of laundry but I don’t think I’ve ever cleaned it with soap and water. That will be on my list of things to do tomorrow. :)  And I know we probably need to pull out that long foil looking tube and give it a cleaning.

7 Robyn's Online World February 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I haven’t ever washed the lint filter either! Tomorrow!

8 Ape2016 February 9, 2012 at 7:39 am

This is very good info to pass on.  We had a major fire because the lint trap on our dryer got clogged and a cousin of mine lost her entire house because of the same thing.

9 Ravzie February 9, 2012 at 8:01 am

I’ve always removed the lint, but I never thought of washing the filter!  That is really important to know, thanks for reposting that article.

10 Kari February 9, 2012 at 9:38 am

I never knew you could wash the screen with soap and water but makes sense. We just had to replace the heating element in our dryer last week (it’s less than 2 yrs. old!). The parts guy told my husband that we should be removing the back cover and cleaning it real well a couple times a year. We are a family of 6 (3 teenagers) so I feel like I probably do an extraordinatry amount of laundry – guess that’s why the heating element went out so quickly. Thanks for sharing the post.

11 Cassie February 9, 2012 at 1:44 pm

oh wow this is a great article… for housekeeping and safety purposes. We live in a mobile home for now until we can afford a “real” house… so if we were ever in a situation where a fire started, our entire house would be gone in a flash. Thanks for the post ( 

12 Nadine L February 10, 2012 at 5:51 am

interesting, I never thought of washing the filter. I always clean it out, but never would have thought to wash it

13 nik February 11, 2012 at 8:25 am

wow, I guess when you hear this from a firefighter, you need to listen. We’re pretty good about just clearing off the lint trap but I can’t remember ever washing it. Thanks for the post and link!

14 Nightowlmama February 11, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Thanks so much. I really need to go read that too. Our Dryer caught fire a few years ago and thankfully we were home to catch it. or who knows what horrible event could of took place thanks for the note

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