How to Maintain a Clothes Dryer

The Facts

  • What to expect: Lots of lint but nothing too horrific.
  • Timing: about 15 minutes.
  • Equipment required: Vacuum cleaner, cleaning cloth,warm water, and man hands.


I’m going to overstate how important this is; if you don’t clean the lint from your dryer you’ll be condemning you family to a fiery fate, on the upside if you do clean it you’re a hero.

As always follow the manufacturer’s instructions, this Tutorial is a simple guide to help start a process you may not have been aware of.


Lint has a nasty habit of forming in every nook and cranny of devices and your body. It’s comprised mostly of cotton and synthetic fibers mixed with human and animal hair (delicious) and tends to accumulate as fine clumps of filth.


It’s a pretty simple thing to clean out but can go unchecked for ages and as such builds up quickly, as stated above this can be a fire hazard and presumably a health hazard should you breath or ingest it.

In the demonstration pictures you’ll see I first used the vacuum to get the big clumps off the door casings and around the filter box. Your vacuum should have a plethora of previously unused attachments that go begging for this kind of job.


The pointy furry tipped thing does wonders where there’s crevices and crannies to dig around in. The creepy Cthulhu1 faced sucker thing (which we’ve conveniently lost), works well on the door rim.

You’ll likely need to use your fingers in hard to reach spots, picking will dislodge stubborn clumps. Be a man and dig in, its really not that gross, the toilet offers horrors your imagination can’t come up with, let alone the kitty litter box.


Finally wipe the surfaces down with a damp cloth, making sure to add elbow grease where its needed. A bit of moisture shouldn’t hurt, remember the dryers job is to deal with moisture.


  • Be gentle when digging around with the pointy furry tipped thing, especially when inside the filter box.
  • Be sure to put all the bits you take off, or out, back correctly, this is by no means advising you to pull the dryer apart, just the filters. If you have to resort to screwdrivers or hammers then you’re taking it too far.
  • I like to give it a quick 2o second empty run once finished. This will insure its in working order without damaging clothes and it also drys up any residual moisture from the clean.


A clean machine runs more efficiently and as such uses less power, so by this assertion will cost you less to run.

I’m not entirely sure that this is true but it makes me feel better about the 15 minutes it took to complete. Not only that your clothes are less likely to get wads of lint stuck to them during the drying process.

Many thanks



1. Cthulhu is a fictional cosmic entity created by writer H. P. Lovecraft and first introduced in the short story “The Call of Cthulhu”


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