How to clean your tumble dryer 32



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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

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.

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

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?

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  1. Wow. I didn’t realise there was so much more involved with cleaning out and extending the lives of our dryers. It sounds very much like a “mans job” to me, so I have taken a photo of the instructions and will hand them over when he gets home.

  2. Slightly off subject, but I find the life of my washing machine hoses is helped by depressurisation at the end of the job (turn off the taps, switch to ‘fill’, then turn power off).

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  3. Since having a bad experience due to a build up of lint in one of my first dryers I learnt my lesson and have only bought dryers with the lint filters on the dryer door ever since. I was told these dryers work differently because they suck the lint to the door and not into motor in the back of the dryer like others do.

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    • I’ve always had a dryer with the filter in the door. Much easier to clean. But to go to so much bother to clean a dryer as explained in this article is hardly worth it if you only use it around once per month if that.

  4. I will never buy a sensor dryer again because on the one we have (a top brand beginning with M) there is no option for timing anything, such as a quick towel plump up etc. I prefer the older types any day.

  5. Use it once a year….maybe….living in North Queensland…not a priority!!!!

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    • My first dryer lasted 35 years. I use mine at least once a year. Sometimes even twice. I use a solar hot water and the ultimate solar dryer.

    • My one and only dryer is now 36 years old….I bought it when my oldest son was born in 1979…..I love sun dried clothes!!!!! They smell so nice….and no wrinkles!!!!!

  6. A tad difficult if your dryer is wall mounted, you are 73 and 5ft nothing tall.

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