Did you know that even when you clean your dryer lint filter after every load you still may not have a totally clean filter? It may look clean but I bet it’s not if you use dryer sheets. In fact, dryer sheets leave a film that is invisible to the naked eye and if you let this build up for a while not only will it cost you money (it will take longer for your clothes to dry and it may lead to your dryer burning out) it can be dangerous.
Take your filter out and run it under warm water. Do you notice any ponding of water? If so, then your filter needs to be cleaned. It will only take you a few minutes to get it clean. Place the filter in warm soapy water (I used Dawn – I love that stuff).
If your filter is really clogged you can use a toothbrush to clean it. My filter wasn’t too bad so taking it in and out of the water a few times was enough to remove the film. I put it under the tap and the water ran straight through – no more ponding. I then rinsed the filter, dried it and let it sit out for a while to make sure it was totally dry. I recommend that you do this every 6 months.
Here are some other cleaning tips for you!