How to Clean Your Dryer Vent Screen in 5 Minutes

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Have you noticed your dryer vent screen becoming plugged up with lint and residue?  The use of fabric softener and dryer sheets will cause a build up on your dryer vent screen that will eventually clog your screen altogether.  There are several problems with this.  First of all, excessive lint buildup can be a fire hazard, plus it will affect the efficiency of your dryer.  With a clogged dryer screen, your clothes will take longer to dry, which will therefore cost you more in electricity.  And I could go on and on about the yuck factor too!

I am going to walk you through a couple of steps to get your dryer vent screen as good as new again in just 5 minutes!

First try to clear as much lint as possible by hand.

Then fill a bucket with hot water.  Add several drops of Dishwashing Liquid.  Some people swear by Dawn, but I love a good deal so I just used my Gain detergent that I bought in bulk for less than $0.80 the other day.

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Soak your dryer vent screen in the hot soapy water for at least 1 minute.

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Once you have soaked the screen,take a soft bristle toothbrush to the screen itself scrubbing in circular motions.

 

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Once you are done scrubbing, simply run hot water through the screen to flush out any debris and dry with a soft, dry towel.

This entire process took me less than 5 minutes from start to finish today and now my dryer is back to drying my laundry as quick as before.