How Are Dryer Vent Screens Cleaned?


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Washing the dryer vent screen with soapy, warm water gets rid of sticky residue that builds up over time with exposure to fabric softener sheets. After removing lint with your hands, dip the sticky lint filter into a mixture of dish soap and warm water, scrubbing until clean.

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According to the U.S. Fire Administration, over 15,000 structure fires happen each year because of clothes dryers. Simply keeping vent screens and vent ducts clean is one of the easiest ways to reduce that risk. Manufacturers suggest clearing the screen of lint between each load.

Find the lint screen. It is generally at the bottom of the door frame, just inside the door, but the location can vary. Pull the filter out as straight up as possible. Scrape away as much lint as possible, and throw it away. Replace it unless the filter feels waxy. If so, fill the kitchen or utility room sink with warm water and a couple squirts of dish soap. Dip the screen into the water, and wash it clean with a soft cloth. Dry it completely before putting the filter back into the dryer. If the dryer still displays a warning related to the lint screen, it may be time to clean out the ducts going to the exterior vent.

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