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Question DetailsAsked on 6/3/2011

How often do I need to clean my dryer vent?

I found this tip on another site and was amazed when I tried it in my own home. If you use fabric softner dryer sheets frequently (my wife uses them heavily) you may collect a residue on the lint screen that reduces air flow even when the screen appears clean. I pulled the lint screen and cleaned the lint it had trapped. Then, I took the screen to my sink and slowly ran water on it (the screen is curved so I ran water into the curve as though it was air flowing through it in the dryer). A fast stream of water would go through the screen but a gentle stream of water would pool in the filter and not go through. A quick application of soap and water then a flush from both sides and the screen was cleaner. Now when I try to catch water in it, it flows through whether I run the water fast or at a trickle.I know there is probably some science about air versus water molecules, but seeing how the water would pool before and not after made me a believer in the need for an occasional visit to the sink! Please, if you try this, make certain the filter is completely dry before putting it back in the dryer. I don't want a fire prevention tip to be a cause.

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4 Answers


Excellent tip! I'm going to clean my lint trap as soon as I get home tonight.

Answered 9 years ago by MichaelL


I heard this before and tried it and it did work. I know some will say this might be overkill, but with price of a new dryer....

Answered 9 years ago by Chastity1053


The forum where I first found it was a discussion on strange home fires and possible points of origin.

Proof of cause? Nope. Enough question for me to retain it though.

Answered 9 years ago by Old Grouch


You are reccomened to clean out your dryer vent every year. They are the number one cause of home fires.


Answered 8 years ago by ductzofmd

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