How to clean and sanitize a dryer
Clean the lint filter
While drying your clothes, dust is usually released. The so-called “lint filter” captures the dust that is released during the drying process.
It is therefore important to clean this filter after every drying session.
Where can you find the lint filter?
This filter is usually found in the door or doorway. (If you cannot find it, it is helpful to consult your dryer’s instructions for information on where to find the filter.)
How do you clean a fuzz filter?
Remove the lint filter from your dryer and remove the dust with a vacuum cleaner or by hand. To remove the remaining dust, hold the filter under a hot tap. Tip: Using a dishwashing brush will help to clean the filter even better.
Always dry the lint filter (carefully) before placing it back in the dryer. It is important that the filter is completely dry, when you start drying with a wet filter the next drying session will take a lot longer. (This is not conducive to the energy bill!)
Extra tip: Clean the space where the filter is placed once a month with a vacuum cleaner. When dust gets onto a hot element in the dryer it can cause a fire, so it is very important to clean the lint filter and the area around it regularly.
Remove the water from the condensate tray
Clean the condenser (also called the heat exchanger).
It is important to frequently clean the condenser of a heat pump dryer and a condenser dryer. How you do this differs for each dryer:
With a typical condenser dryer, you can remove the condenser from the dryer and clean it with a shower head.
Heat pump dryer
With heat pump dryers, this is usually not possible. You can then use a vacuum cleaner to clean the condenser.
Usually the condenser also contains one or more filters. You should also clean these filters regularly.
Clean the air outlet hose
Do you have an air outlet dryer? Then it is important that you clean the air discharge hose regularly. When the exhaust hose is dirty, it is harder for the warm air to leave the hose. When this is the case, a dangerous situation can arise. The best way to clean this is with a vacuum cleaner.
(Skip this step if your dryer does not have an air discharge hose)
Clean the outside and inside
You can easily clean the outside and inside of the clothes dryer with soapy water and detergent. Tip: When cleaning the washer, don’t forget to clean the moisture sensor inside the washer. This sensor is located in the drum and checks whether the laundry is already dry. When this moisture sensor is dirty, the washer dryer can no longer properly check if the laundry is already dry, so the device will not work as well. Take a look in the manual to find the moisture sensor in your clothes dryer.
Clean the lint filter
Empty the condensate tray
Clean the drum
Clean the condenser
After every drying session
After every drying cycle (except for dryers with water outlet)
Every 2/3 months