Cleaning dryers

Sometimes your clothes dryer can look really dirty, or even worse; smell really bad. It may be that your dryer smells when you first use it. But with longer use it may be that your dryer smells like fire, fish, rubber or cat pee. Therefore, it is very important to clean your clothes dryer regularly. If you do not do this it will not dry the laundry as well and it will use more energy. But beyond that, a clothes dryer that has not been cleaned for a while can be a very fire hazard. In this article we will give you an answer to the question: How to clean and clean a dryer?
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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

A condenser dryer or heat pump dryer collect moisture in a condensate tray. This tray is usually found at the bottom or top of the clothes dryer. Empty this tray after each drying cycle. (Skip this step if your washer dryer is connected to a water drain)

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:

Condenser 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.

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Summary

The table below provides an overview of how to keep your clothes dryer as clean as possible.
Task
  • Clean the lint filter
  • Empty the condensate tray
  • Clean the drum
  • Clean the condenser
Frequency
  • After every drying session
  • After every drying cycle (except for dryers with water outlet)
  • Monthly
  • Every 2/3 months