How to clean a dryer lint trap?

by Abby

Help! How do I clean out my dryer lint trap?

  32 answers
  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Dec 10, 2017

    Have you checked your owners manual for the traps location for recommendation on cleaning?

    Filters commonly pop out for removing the lint collected each cycle.

  • Pull the filter out, pull off the lint, reinsert filter.

    If you do not have your owners manual, go on line to the manufacturers website, find your model, follow the instructions.

  • Connie Mar Connie Mar on Jun 10, 2016
    The lint trap can get a buildup from using dryer sheets, or the soap residue left in clothes that won't allow the air to effectively pass through. If you are using dryer sheets, please stop as they are not good for your health or the environment. If your soap is leaving a residue, check to see if there are fillers in your soap and if so, switch to a different brand (like Charlie's soap - no residue). Or, you may need to use less soap than recommended, or add an extra rinse if your washer does that. To remove the buildup, scrub the lint trap with a stiff brush and dish soap. It can be soaked in white vinegar if needed. Make sure to rinse and dry thoroughly before using again. Washing machines can also get buildup from soap residue or using too much laundry soap.
  • Susan Litt Susan Litt on Jun 10, 2016
    Just in case the other posters haven't covered it, you can wash the screen of your lint trap to remove any bits that may be clogging it. Use warm water and a small amount of Dawn Dish detergent with an old nail brush or toothbrush to help release the bits from the screening. Allow to dry thoroughly before replacing in your dryer.... or use a hairdryer if you're running short of time.
  • Cj Avery Cj Avery on Jun 10, 2016
    Take your old dryer softener sheet after you have used it and run it all over lint trap it should pull all the lint up. You can also use a soft tooth brush and pull it up. If your dryer is not drying right and lint is packed in there solid you will have to soak in soap and water and possibly a repair to check why it is not heating right. Also make sure it is vented properly and that no lent in vent is blocking air flow.
  • Have had both, yes! Clean out after every load. And dryer vents need to be cleaned out at least twice a year, I do mine around New Year's holiday and July 4th holiday. More often if you do a lot of laundry for a large household. Check this out!

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Jan 05, 2019

    Gary,. Clean your lint trap in your dryer, every time you do a load. You should buy a bristle bottle brush, and clean down in the well under the lint catcher. Vacuum the well again after you clean with the brush. Wash the screen with hot soap and water, at least once a month. Let it dry completely. When drying item that are high lint items, check it half way through, and remove the lint, the items will dry better. Aloha. P.S. Poor maintained dryers cause fires, clean yours monthly. Aloha!

  • Judy Judy on Feb 08, 2018

    I always clean mine out, with each load of wash that I do. Do not let this build up, for it is a fire danger !!! J.

  • D D on Nov 12, 2017

    Every time you dry a load!!! I use a soft sponge kept near the dryer to remove the lint. Use one edge of the sponge, starting at one end of the lint screen and just roll the lint out. It comes out so easily and just pull lint off the sponge to discard. Not many uses for recycling lint, but birds love it in the spring for their nests. I put the lint out in a large-holed mesh bag (once held onions or oranges), or just spread some of it in a bush or anything where the lint will snag (i.e., deck rail). Fun to watch the birds pick what they want to soften the nest. Hummingbirds often use spider webs, but I have seen them use the lint. ; )

  • Tdw11212873 Tdw11212873 on Nov 12, 2017

    Another tip: once a month pull your dryer lent screen, take it to the kitchen sink and scrub it with dish soap and a stiff brush. If you run water in the screen you most likely will find it will puddle and not pass thru, that's due to your dryer sheets you use. If you think about it if water won't pass thrue it easly neither will the air.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Nov 12, 2017

    EVERY time you take a load of dry cloths out of it....built up lint can effect the circulation inside the dryer and cause it to over heat... and the extra lint can build up in the exhaust vent hose and cause a fire.

  • Pascale Nguyen Pascale Nguyen on Dec 10, 2017

    I use the used fabric softener square to get the lint from the filter.

  • Susan K Mullins Susan K Mullins on Aug 11, 2017

    Clean it every time you dry a load of clothes.

  • Liz Toone Liz Toone on Aug 11, 2017

    Wash the vent screen from time to time.

  • J Brown J Brown on Apr 01, 2021

    Take it outside and use strong spray on your hose. Spraying from the outside in otherwise you push the lint deeper into the screen.

  • You could try using a slightly damp sponge or magic eraser.

  • Janice Janice on Apr 01, 2021

    Dampen a fabric softener sheet to cover your hand as you clean the vvent area.

  • Use a brush with soft bristles and some soap & water.

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Apr 01, 2021

    Wearing rubber gloves will protect your nails and help remove the lint.

  • GeorgiaBulldogsFan GeorgiaBulldogsFan on Apr 07, 2021

    I’m a dryer sheet user. After our clothes are dried, I use the dryer sheet to rub over the lint screen and get the lint gathered up in the sheet. This method saves my salon created nails. Hope this helps you with your dilemma.

  • Catherine Deirdre Rodden Catherine Deirdre Rodden on Apr 08, 2021

    I just use my knuckle to pull out loose stuff before each use. Once a month, I use an old toothbrush, water and dish soap.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Apr 30, 2021

    Use soap and water with a soft bristle brush

  • Dolores D'Herde Dolores D'Herde on May 29, 2017

    Some lint does go through the vent. Mine did and it got blocked. You need to invest in a dryer vent brush which you can buy at your local home store like home depot or Lowes.

  • I just wipe the lint off with my hands and when it gets really clogged up I use the hand attatchment on the vacuum cleaner to clean the vent.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Nov 08, 2021

    your lint trap should be on top of the dryer or else inside the dryer and you just pull it out and clean off the lint and reinsert it - you should do this after each load of laundry to get the best heat flow to dry your clothes

    if you are talking about the pipe or hose that is on the back of the dryer, you disconnect it, use a leaf blower to blow the lint to the outside where the dryer exhaust goes or have someone who does that kind of work to do it for you-

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 08, 2021

    Cleaning a Dryer Lint Trap

    1. Remove the lint screen, and use a vacuum to remove any small bits of leftover lint.
    2. Take the lint trap screen to the sink, and wash it with warm soap and water.
    3. While the lint trap dries, use your vacuum to clean the slot the lint trap slides into. Use a long, narrow vacuum extension to reach as far down as possible. You might be surprised by how much lint you find.
    4. If you’re feeling handy, some lint traps can be more fully accessed if you remove a cover on the machine. Look for a set of screws or a latch that might allow access to this area. Depending on the type of dryer you have, you may find them located in the door jamb area or on an access port on the back of the dryer. But before you start taking stuff apart, it’s a good idea to take a photo you can reference during reassembly.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Nov 08, 2021

    I purchased a tool from Lowe's, I got my mother one off Amazon. They are inexpensive but they are very good at snaking through to get all the excess lint out that your filter doesn't catch.

  • Remove the lint screen and wipe out any lint. Wash the screen with warm water and soap. Let it dry thoroughly. Use a vacuum attachment to clean the slot where the lint trap goes in.

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 12, 2022

    I have made it habit to clean the lint trap before every load.

  • Deb K Deb K on Feb 21, 2023

    Hi Abby, hope this helps. Gently pull out the lint trap and rub over garbage to remove lint from the screen, replace in dryer. If you use dryer sheets, you will want to clean the screen 1 a month with a gentle soap and water mix, dry it thoroughly and replace, this will ensure the screen is working well.