Asked on Sep 14, 2017

How to catch lint from your outside dryer vent?

by Hol19925433

How do I clean the dryer vent lint that goes outside? I have used a nylon stocking before. Any other suggestions. Thank you.

  7 answers
  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Sep 14, 2017

    It's possible that your dryer vent needs cleaning. Something is keeping the lint trap in your dryer from catching and holding all of the lint. Here are the steps to clean it properly.

    Good luck!

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 14, 2017

    You can get a lint brush to get rid of the excess from the vent

  • Emily Emily on Sep 14, 2017

    that is what we always did but I couldn't reach it to clean it out and have decided to just use the vent to the outside.

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Sep 15, 2017

    Put some type of screen, that extends pass the lint opening, which wil catch the lint. Make it so you can take off the screen, and clean it. Your lint pipe should catch excess lint. Vacuum your lint trap once a month. Also wash the screen with dish liquiid and hot water, and rinse and let dry completely. Film builds up on the screen, this could cause a fire.

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Sep 15, 2017

    A lint brush will help :)

  • Dave Wilcox Dave Wilcox on Nov 27, 2019

    Women's nylon hose or pantyhose works fine. If you're using discarded pantyhose, you may want to tie one of the legs into a knot, essentially turning it into a single hose, especially if one leg has a run in it. The bigger problem is how to attach it to the vent hood on the exterior wall. I've had success by driving four screws into the wall in a square arrangement around the vent hood and attaching two lengths of wire to the screws. You can use some #12 or #14 solid copper wire, or similar galvanized mechanic's wire. Wrap the wires around each screw head one turn so you end up with two vertical wires on each side of the vent hood, with the stubs projecting about an inch above and below the hood, like horns. Simply stretch the open end of the hose over the wire stubs to hold it snugly against the house wall. It is very easy to remove the hose for cleaning or replacement. With the dryer operating, the hose should not fully inflate, indicating there is sufficient area for the exhaust air to escape without appreciably increasing back-pressure, which could lead to the dryer overheating and shutting down.

  • Deb K Deb K on Mar 11, 2023

    Hello, hope this helps you out, you will need to clean that vent and tubing out, it has lint buildup. Lint Is Coming Out Of The Vent - If you have lint coming out of your dryer vent, it means that there is lint making its way into your ventilation system at a noticeable rate. This is a good indicator that your vent should be cleaned out.