How to clean your tumble dryer

Our laundry appliances clean our clothes but what about cleaning our laundry appliances? We’ve shown you how to clean your washing machine before, now we want to show you how to clean your dryer.

Most of us just remove and empty the lint filter but did you know that you can do a more rigorous clean to ensure your dryer lasts the distance?

It only takes a few minutes to get the job done!


Step 1

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Remove everything from the dryer and around the area. Wipe down the machine and throw out any lint from the lint collector and then use a dry cloth to wipe the lint trap and around the vent.

Step 2

Grab your vacuum and suck out any lint that’s stuck. Then pry open the top of the dryer using a screwdriver and vacuum around the top of the machine.

Step 3

Replace the top of the dryer, and then carefully pull out the dryer and vacuum out the discharging vent found at the back of the dryer.

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Step 4 

Remove the back panel and vacuum any dust and gunk.

Step 5 

Make a thin paste of bi-carb soda and soak a sponge in it, then clean the inside of the dryer. After a thorough wipe, give it the once over with a soft cloth. Run a normal cycle in the dryer when it is empty for about 10 minutes. This will get rid of any mildew and mould.

Step 6 – sensor machines only

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If your tumble dryer uses a sensor, clean it with white vinegar or a stainless steel cleaner every few months.


Other tips for looking after your dryer

  • Make sure your tumble dryer is cool before removing the lint filter
  • Regularly check the lint filter for damage as it can easily be replaced
  • Separate fabrics before loading into the tumble dryer. Drying similar fabrics together will reduce drying time and save energy.
  • Always check the care label
  • Try to avoid becoming reliant on using your tumble dryer – use only in cold weather or the wetter seasons!


Tell us, do you have any other dryer tips to add?