It is a down right disaster when our dryer goes out. Unfortunately I know this from first hand experience and it is something I hope NOT to experience again. For too many weeks in a row, my kids and I washed clothes and hauled the heavy wet garments to the laundry mat to dry.
It was a strength building activity that stretched our fruits of the spirit in more ways than we cared to be stretched. During this time my kids made unique friends and memorable experiences at the laundry mat that still cause night sweats.
When the repairman finally made it to our home, he took our dryer completely apart to find gallons and gallons of lint living in between the drum and the dryer. Since lint is flammable, the whole system could have burst into flames at any given moment, so it was a huge blessing in disguise that the giant unit gave out.
After this experience I take special care not only to clean the lint screen, but also to dig deep with a special tool to keep the lint from growing under the drum. Keeping the lint out of the dryer is SO IMPORTANT not only for the life of your dryer, but also for the life of your family. Dryer sheets leave a film on your lint screen that blocks circulation and makes your dryer use more energy. This will not only cost you more money, but will shorten the life of your dryer.
To keep your lint screen clean use dish soap, hot water and a soft towel or tooth brush. Add a bit of baking soda if water does not run through the little holes on the screen.
Dryer maintenance is a chore we need to do not only for our dyers, but also for our families. Do you have any dryer maintenance secrets?