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Clothes Dryers! This is True!

post #1 of 14
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This was passed on to me, and I thought I'd share.

I had a wonderful morning, the heating unit went out on my dryer! Why does everything seem to fall apart this time of year?

The guy that fixes things went in to the dryer & pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. We always clean the lint from the filter after every load of clothes. He told us that he wanted to show us something.

He took the filter over to the sink & ran hot water over it. Now, the lint filter is made of a mesh material - I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like. WELL...the hot water just sat on top of the mesh!!! It didn't go through it at all!!! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh & that's what burns out the heating unit and can cause a fire. You can't SEE the film, but it's there.

He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time, & to keep your electric bill lower, is to take that filter out & wash it with hot soapy water & an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long!

I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do that. So, I thought I'd share!

Note: I went to my dryer & tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water & a nylon brush & I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it the water ran right through the screen! There wasn't any puddling at all! That repairman knew what he was talking about!

post #2 of 14
wow i thought that was a joke at first but ill have to try that!
post #3 of 14
I read this post, got right up and tried running water over my dryer screen. Yup, water stood in it like it was a cup until I cleaned it with a soft brush. Thanks for tha info! My dryer has not worked well in awhile, I am anxious to see how it works now. I just did laundry earlier, though.
post #4 of 14
Wow, I'll try that with mine, even though I don't usually use dryer sheets, because dh has sensitive skin.

You can also replace something on a gas unit when it quits heating. Sounds like yours is already fixed, but for anyone else, just call the place where you purchased it, there is an inexpensive piece to buy and install yourself very easily.
post #5 of 14
I was a bit skeptical too, so I checked just to be sure. If they say it's true, I'll buy it. I tried it on mine but apparently my filter was pretty clean, no standing water. NOW, though, it should be extra clean!! (and save me buying a new dryer until after I graduate!)
post #6 of 14
I'll have to tell my mom - for years she has insisted that dryer sheets could clog the filters and refused to use them. She will feel so vindicated!! Thanks for sharing the info. - you're right, it could save a life as well as the dryer!
post #7 of 14
You know, I have had my washer and dryer since I was pregnant for my now 3-year old daughter. I've never even thought of cleaning the lint trap like that. But I got this email about 5 times, so I decided to try it. I didn't have the water pooling on it. I cleaned it anyways cause it was kinda gross around the corners. But the water ran right through it. I almost always use dryer sheets, especially in winter when the static is so bad. One thing I do try to do is every 6 mos or so, is unscrew the plastic holder that you slide the lint trap in (mine's in the front of the dryer, by the door, I don't know about other kinds) and reach down there and pull out the extra lint that accumulates. Once, I found a $10 bill in there too!

post #8 of 14
im going to try this when i get home and see what happens. the dryer lately has been taking longer to dry clothes.
post #9 of 14
Wow! That's neat! I tried mine, and it held water! Cleaned it, and didn't hold a drop!

Thanks for the heads up Cheryl!
post #10 of 14
I passed this on but will call my mom and let her know too as she said her dryer takes a long time to dry!!! Its a good energy saving tip too!!!
post #11 of 14
I tried it, and guess water went through!

Thanks for the heads up....

post #12 of 14
Originally Posted by fatkitties
Once, I found a $10 bill in there too!

I think that's mine........

Wow, though, I will have to try this.
post #13 of 14
We don't have a dryer but thanks Cheryl, something very handy to know
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