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

Step 1

Pour vinegar and warm water into the spray bottle, and spray the inside of the dryer. Let sit for several minutes.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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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