How to Properly Clean a Dryer Lint Trap

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One simple step to making your clothes dryer work faster and more efficiently is to do a better job of cleaning its lint trap. Running your dryer with a cleaner lint screen will reduce your utility bill and extend the machine's life. It will also make your home safer -- according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, clothes dryers are linked to thousands of fires every year.

How to Properly Clean a Dryer Lint Trap
(Michael Gann/Demand Media)

Things You'll Need

  • Clean, lint-free cloth
  • Used fabric softener sheet
  • Vacuum cleaner with brush attachment
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Soft-bristled brush
Step 1

Pull the lint trap out of the dryer. Collect the lint with a clean damp cloth, a used fabric softener sheet or by scooping it out with your wet fingers.

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Step 2

Vacuum the mesh portion of the lint trap using the brush attachment.

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Step 3

Fill your sink with warm water and add a squirt of liquid dish soap. Place the trap in the water and scrub it gently with a soft-bristled brush. This will remove any residual waxy buildup left on the lint screen from drying your clothes with dryer sheets. Be sure to clean around the screen's edges as well. Let the trap air dry.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure the lint trap is dry before placing back in the dryer.

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