Laundry 101 part II: Let these 5 dryer tips keep you from getting hung out to dry

Nov 10, 2017
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Laundry 101 part II: Let these 5 dryer tips keep you from getting hung out to dry

by Kim

Last month, we talked about how to tackle your clothes washing like a pro. So, this month, we’re following up with tips about your dryer.

Check out these five tips to make sure you’re running your dryer efficiently and safely.

1. Get some fresh air

Adequate air flow is key to making sure your dryer is running efficiently. And lint is the enemy to air flow. So, clean out the filter after every load.

No, seriously.

Every. Load.

Lint builds up in your dryer's hose, which increases how much energy your dryer uses, thus increasing your energy bills. Plus, lint can create a fire hazard and prevent moist air from venting outside. That can lead to mildew.

2. Suck it up

About every six months or so, you’ll also want to vacuum the filter and hose connecting your dryer to the piping that leads outside.

Detach the dryer hose and vacuum any lint from the back of your dryer and from the area where the hose attaches to the wall. Then, find where your dryer vents outside and clear away any lint there too.

You should also call a professional — like one of our Service Guard techs — to come clean out your dryer piping system about once a year. We provide this service for up to 8 feet of exposed vent.

The flexible transition hose between the dryer and the wall outlet should be foil type or aluminum flexible duct, which is most preferred. Don’t use plastic or vinyl.

3. Don’t get overloaded

When you overload your dryer, it takes longer for your clothes to dry. That breaks down the fibers in the fabric and takes out the color, so your clothes don’t last as long.

4. Get greater gains with less soap

Cutting back on the amount of soap you use to wash your clothes will result in less residue. You might find that your clothes come out of the dryer with a natural, fresh scent, so you don’t have to use fabric softener or dryer sheets.

5. Maybe skip the sheets

If you do use dryer sheets, stick to one per load. Dryer sheets contain chemicals that leave a residue inside the dryer venting. That causes lint to stick to the inside of the vent and increases buildup. With dryer sheets, you’ll want to rinse your lint screen with warm water periodically to keep the screen clear of chemical residue buildup.

But rather than dryer sheets, consider using a product called dryer balls, which soften clothes naturally. You can also use a couple of tennis balls.

If your dryer ever leaves you hot under the collar — or isn’t drying your collars — give us a call, and we’ll get you back tumbling in no time.

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