Dryer Lint Filter Screens

Council wanted to pass along a maintenance suggestion for residents who are in the habit of using dryer sheets which are gauze-like tissues about the size of a Kleenex, put into clothes dryers to eliminate static cling, soften clothes and add artificial fragrance.   Please be aware that these sheets leave a waxy residue on the lint filter screen in your dryer.   This is the mesh screen you pull from the dryer to remove the collected lint.  This film clogs the mesh screen and can burn out the heating unit in your dryer or cause the dryers to catch on fire.

To ensure your dryers work efficiently, remove the mesh screen and brush it thoroughly with hot, soapy water every six months.  An old toothbrush works just fine.  You can periodically test your mesh screen.  Put it under the tap and run some water into it.  If the water collects in the screen rather than run through, then it is time to brush clean with hot soapy water, until the water runs through cleanly.