Lint is defined as the fibers that separate from the surface of a cloth of yarn. Lint certainly does not do your clothing dryer any good!
I'll bet you've lost count of how many hundreds, even thousands of garments you've placed in your dryer as you complete this task every week or every day.
Each load of laundry that you place in your clothing dryer sheds lint which is caught sometimes in the lint trap or filter, but often times these nasty little particles find their way into the cavity of your machine and can wreak havoc!
So, what to do? Let's talk about a few steps you can take to prevent lint troules.
- Fabric sheets are known to release a build-up that accumulates on the lint filter. While you're unable to see it, believe me, it's there.
- What to do about it? Every 3-4 months gently scrub the filter with a small brush (a toothbush is ideal) using hot soapy water. be sure to rinse it thoroughly and allow the lint filter to dry before reinserting.
- Clean the area beneath and behind your dryer. No doubt, lint finds its way there.
- Dryer vent material should be a metal duct. Often flexible duct work can sag and allow lint to accumulate in valleys and crevices causing a lint fire if left uncleaned.
- What to do about it? Contact your local appliance repair company and have your dryer vent cleaned out. Consider replacing it with a metal duct at the same time.
- Avoid the use of liquid fabric softeners on all-cotton clothing of fleece, terry or velour. (This baffled me, but our friends at Consumer Reports said it's so!)
- Buy a dryer with a moisture sensor.
- It seems that this type of sensor prevents the dryer from running longer than it should.
- And, if you do have this type of sensor, wipe it occaisionally with a cotton ball or cotton swab using alcohol, to keep it clean.
In an effort to be helpful, I think it's a good idea to have your dryer professionally serviced once a year. Preventative maintenance is the best way to stay on top of these home maintenance issues. Out of sight, out of mind, always an issue...and I know just how busy you are.
In addition to a fire risk, storing lint (and I know it's there, you just don't see it!) in your dryer vent causes a blockage, making the dryer run longer, and often doesn't permit the clothing to dry as well as you'd like it. Your appliance service company can check this out for you and make recommendations about the length and condition of your dryer vent.
And here's a fun fact! Lint can even find it's way into your belly button! Yup, researchers show that the fibers from the clothing you wear can get caught when rubbing against your body. Interesting, right?