Monthly Archives: July 2013
July 24, 2013Posted by on
I started keeping a Google Calendar with all my house maintenance items a while back. Frankly, most of my short-term memory is stored on my phone, so keeping a maintenance calendar just makes sense. I also have it set up to send me an email when items need to be done, so I don’t even need to remember to check the calendar! I have events set up for things like:
- changing the furnace filter
- replacing perishable items in our emergency bags
- cleaning the vacuum filters
- lawn fertilizer schedule
- and the list keeps growing and growing….
One of the items on my calendar is to clean the lint trap in our dryer every 3 months. I am not talking about removing the lint (that happens with every load), I am talking about scrubbing that sucker down. The reason I do this is because I came across some information about how dryer sheets leave a coating on the lint trap that restricts air flow. Restricted air flow will cause extended drying times and eventually will lead to a damaged or broken dryer. In our 5 family member house, a broken dryer would probably cause a family disaster and the national guard would have to be called in. I thought I would share some before and after pictures of our lint trap to illustrate the affect dryer sheets have on the air flow through your dryer.
[Seriously… what is more exciting than seeing before and after lint trap pictures?]
Here is the lint trap before I have scrubbed it with soap and water.
Here is the lint trap after I scrubbed it with soap and water. I just used a scrubbing pad and some dish soap.
Pretty drastic huh? It only takes a couple of minutes and the only problem is finding a 24 hour period when the dryer is not needed (which is harder than you may think) so that the lint trap can dry.