Monday, February 5, 2007

Important Dryer Safety

I received this email today. I thought it was important to pass along. Please remember that when exposed to heat, dryer sheets can become transparent. The dryer screen may appear clean when it really isn't. Please pull out your dryer lint screens and WASH them! It's the only way to know, for sure, that they're clean.


I had a wonderful morning, until the heating unit went out on my dryer! The guy that fixes things went in to the dryer pulled out the lint filter.

It was clean. We always clean the lint from the filter after every load of clothes.He told us that he wanted to show us something. He took the filter over to the sink, ran hot water over it. Now, the lint filter is made of a mesh material - I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like.

WELL......the hot water just sat on top of the mesh!!! It didn't go through it at all!!!

He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there. This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire - - - potentially burn your house down with it!

He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (& to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out & wash it with hot soapy water using an old toothbrush ( or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long!

How about that! Learn something new everyday! I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do that. So, I thought I'd share!

NOTE: I went to my dryer & tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran thru a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water & a nylon brush & I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it and the water ran right thru the screen! There wasn't any puddle of water at all!

That repairman knew what he was talking about!


Angel said...

Now who is a good source of information? You are mister! I am about to get up and do that! And I will pass it on to my dad (who loves to scrub things with toothbrushes.)

Thanks for sharing that tidbit!

Amanda said...

Yes, I knew about this, but had forgotten, thanks for the reminder.
We actually don't use dryer sheets. I just bought these new dryer balls that are all natural, no chemicals....

Anonymous said...

We just had a major dryer incident...with the new house and all...I learned that the HARD WAY.

The things found in that old dryer...ugh.

Karly said...

I don't use dryer sheets, but the minute I read this I hopped up to check. Mine was clean...after I took the inch thick lint off the screen. You see...I have this problem. I hate the feel of cotton balls (they make me want to run screaming!) and lint feels kind of like them, so I am really really bad about not cleaning the lint. I know! I'm bad! Horrible! Must try harder...

Working Gal said...

Great tip, thanks!

I'll get AtHomeHubby right on that - just what he needs - another "Honey-do"!