How to Clean a Dryer Drum

From crayons or gum left in a pocket to the dye from new clothing, stains left on your dryer drum can adhere to your clean clothes. Your dryer drum should be cleaned each month with a damp, soapy cloth and rinsed with a warm, wet cloth, but when stains are set, you have to use different methods.

Things You'll Need

  • Rags
  • Lint-free cloths
  • Magic eraser sponge
  • Fabric softener sheet
  • Dish soap
  • Warm water
  • Nail polish remover
  • Spray lubricant
  • Hair spray
  • Diluted bleach
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • All-purpose spray cleaner
  • Plastic spatula

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How to Clean a Dryer Drum

Use a spray lubricant such as WD-40 to remove crayons or gum from your dryer drum. First, scrape off as much as you can with a plastic spatula. Spray a damp rag with lubricant and wipe the crayon or gum, making sure none of the solvent gets in the vent holes. Repeat if necessary. Make a solution with dish soap and warm water. Dip a rag in the solution and wash off the area that had the stain on it. Rinse with a rag dipped in clean water. Dry the drum with a clean, lint-free cloth. Leave the dryer open for 24 hours to let the drum dry.

Turn on your dryer for 10 minutes to warm the drum. Wet some fabric softener sheets. Wipe the dryer drum until the dryer sheets have no marks on them. Wet a rag with dish soap and water to wash the drum, and wet another rag with clean water to rinse the drum. Dry the drum with a lint-free cloth.

Wipe dye marks from your dryer drum with a magic eraser sponge. Clean dye from the drum with a solution made from bleach and water. Wipe the drum with a damp rag that has been dipped in the diluted bleach. Rinse with a clean, damp cloth. Wet a rag with nail polish remover and wipe the dye away. Wash with soapy water and rinse with a clean rag dipped in water.

Remove ink from a dryer drum with hair spray. Wet a rag with hair spray and rub the mark to dissolve the ink, making sure none of it gets in the vent holes. Wash the remains of the hair spray with a rag dipped in soapy water and rinse with a damp rag. Dry with a lint-free cloth.

Spray a little all-purpose cleaner on a rag. Wipe marks from the dryer drum with the rag. Dampen a rag with clean water to rinse. Wet a rag with rubbing alcohol and rub to remove difficult spots. Wash the alcohol away with soapy water and rinse with a dampened rag. Dry with a lint-free cloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • Run a load of clean rags in the dryer to be sure stains on the dryer drum are gone.
  • To avoid fires, don't spray anything into the dryer. Unplug your dryer before you clean the drum. Wash any solvents used with warm, soapy water and leave the dryer door open for several hours.


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