When you walk into your laundry room, is there a strong unpleasant odor? It could be coming from your dryer. A dryer is not supposed to smell like dirty socks or like your gym clothes that have been left in the laundry basket for a week. Unfortunately, this problem is pretty common, but it does have a solution.
The bad smell coming from your dryer is usually due to lint that has accumulated in the lint trap. Dirty lint can cause a horrible smell. But, once you remove it, your dryer will be fresh as a rose.
Here’s how to clean your lint trap in just a few minutes:
Unplug your dryer to turn it off just to be safe.
Begin by removing the lint trap from your dryer. With your hand scrape off as much lint as you can. You can use your hose attachment of the vacuum to clean out the rest of the lint. If the trap is not completely clean, run it under some running water. To remove any stubborn dirt, use a soft brush. Allow the lint trap to dry entirely by setting it aside before you put it back in the dryer.
Now, clean out the lint trap hole by using your vacuum with the hose attachment, which is quicker and more effective than using any brush or cloth.
While vacuuming, take the time to clean the entire area around and under your dryer. Clean out the dryer vent as well. This is extremely important and should be done regularly since lint likes to hide in this area.
Vacuum the outside exterior of your dryer vent. The flaps in the duct should be able to move freely. If not, check for debris that could be causing an obstruction. It’s not uncommon for debris to become stuck, but it is essential to take action quickly.
Vinegar is a natural cleaner and deodorizer which can be used in your home without the fumes of strong chemicals. Dip a clean cloth into distilled white vinegar. Use this cloth to clean the inside of your dryer. Wipe the entire space to include the door, and the area under the rubber gasket in the door seal.
Wipe the exterior of your dryer with a clean, damp rag. Inspect the dryer exterior to see if there is any other damage to any of the other parts.
Some tips to keep your dryer smelling good are:
After cleaning the lint trap, if your dryer still has a strong odor, call a dryer repair professional.
If your appliance is not working at peak performance, a repair might be required or at least a service check. Make sure to call an experienced quality appliance and repair specialist who will restore it to top condition.
Gulf Coast Appliance Repair is the local appliance repair company that you can count on. For 10+ years, our family-owned business has been serving customers in Pinellas County. We specialize in repairing appliances, including refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, stoves, dishwashers, and much more. Call our appliance and repair service at 727-510-3524 or email us to get the job done or to schedule your appointment.