How to Get Oil Out of the Dryer


Sometimes clothes with grease or oil get tossed from the washer into the dryer without noticing. As a result, subsequent loads may be damaged and stained because of the residual grease or oil. According to The Vinegar Institute, vinegar is mostly water and acetic acid. Acetic acid is a weak acid that not only gives vinegar its distinct odor, but also helps remove substances such as oil and grease. It's effective in the dryer.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Cloths
  • Large bowl or bucket
  • Dish detergent
  • Sponge
  • Old towels
  • Pour vinegar and warm water into the spray bottle, and spray the inside of the dryer. Let sit for several minutes.

  • Wipe the inside of the dryer with a cloth. Pour a small amount of dish detergent in the bowl or bucket, and add water.

  • Dampen the sponge and wipe down the inside of the dryer to remove any traces of the vinegar smell.

  • Place several old towels in the dryer and turn the dryer on. Let the dryer run for a complete cycle. Remove the towels, and check for any traces of oil marks or stains.

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