How to Take Care of the Lint Filter In Your Dryer

Taking care of the lint filter in your dryer is an important step in keeping your dryer running efficiently and safely. Lint buildup can cause your dryer to work harder, use more energy, and even be a fire hazard. Here are some tips on how to properly clean and maintain your dryer’s lint filter.


Clean Your Lint Filter After EVERY Use

The most important step to caring for your lint filter is to clean it after every use. Simply pull the filter out and use a soft brush or your hands to remove any visible lint. If the filter is particularly clogged, rinse it with warm water and mild soap. Allow the filter to dry completely before putting it back in the dryer. It’s also a good idea to periodically vacuum around the lint filter’s slot. However, reference your owner’s manual first to ensure this can be done safely without damaging the dryer.

Replace Your Filter if Damaged

Besides regular cleaning, inspecting the lint filter and screen for any tears or holes is important. If you notice any damage, replace the filter or screen immediately to prevent lint from bypassing the filter and creating a fire hazard.

Check the Air Flow Surrounding Your Dryer

Another step in maintaining your dryer’s lint filter is ensuring that the airflow around the dryer isn’t blocked. Keep the area around the dryer clear of clutter and debris. Also, ensure that the vent pipe and exhaust vent on the outside of your home are clear. This is something that should be checked periodically by a professional.


If you have any issues with your dryer or other appliances, call Express Appliance Service. Our team of experienced technicians can help diagnose and repair many problems and ensure that your appliances are running at their best. Give us a call today!