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Clean Your Dryer Lint Screen

As lint, fabric softener, and debris collect on your dryer’s lint screen, it runs less efficiently, and drying your clothes can take longer.

Cleaning the Lint Screen of Your Dryer

Your dryer is most effective when the lint screen is clean. Cleaning your lint filter after each load helps ensure your clothes dry faster. Follow these steps to clean your dryer’s lint screen after every load:

  1. Locate and remove the lint screen: You can often find the lint trap and screen in the door opening of your dryer or on top of your dryer. Gently pull up on the handle to remove the screen. Always check your product manual.
  2. Open the lint screen: Depending on your dryer, you will need to pull out your lint screen or press the tab down and open the lint screen.
  3. Remove lint from the screen: Using your fingers, pull the lint from one edge and roll the lint off the screen. Don’t attempt to rinse or wash the screen, as wet lint is hard to remove.
  4. Replace the clean screen: After removing lint from the screen, close the screen and push firmly back into the trap.
IMPORTANT: Do not run the dryer with a broken, blocked, loose, or missing screen.

Deep Clean Your Lint Screen as Needed

Over time, dryer sheet, fabric softener, and laundry detergent residue can build up on your dryer’s lint screen. As this happens, it can cause drying time to increase and possibly consume more energy. Your dryer’s lint screen will need to be deep cleaned every six months or so with regular use or it may become clogged due to residue buildup.

How to Wash Your Lint Screen

  1. Prep the lint screen for scrubbing: Roll any lint off the screen with dry fingers and thoroughly wet both sides of the lint screen with hot water.
  2. Scrub lint screen: Wet a nylon brush with hot water and dish soap. Gently scrub both sides of the lint screen to remove residue buildup. Be careful not to damage or break the lint screen while cleaning.
  3. Rinse and dry lint screen: Rinse screen with hot water and thoroughly dry with a clean towel.
  4. Clean the lint trap: Before replacing the lint screen, use a vacuum to clean outside the lint trap in your dryer’s door opening.
  5. Replace the lint screen: Insert the lint screen back into the dryer trap.
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