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3 Tips to Prevent Clothes Dryer Fires

By: Joe Truini

To prevent dryer fires, it’s important to clean the lint out of the dryer lint screen, dryer vent pipe, and inside the dryer itself. Here’s how.

Clothes Dryer Cleaning Tips:

  • Remove and clean the dryer lint screen after each load of laundry.
  • Insert a crevice tool on a vacuum cleaner in the lint trap slot to remove lint from inside the dryer.
  • Clean the dryer pipe periodically to remove any lint that has accumulated inside.

A load of clothes will dry faster if you put a dry towel in with the wet clothes. Watch this video to find out more.

Further Information

Video Transcript

Joe Truini: Today’s clothes dryers are more energy efficient than ever before. With a few Simple Solutions, you can cut energy consumption even more.

First, after every load of dry clothes, always remove and clean the lint screen. Pull it out and by hand, unroll and toss out the lint.

But before putting the screen back in, use a vacuum with a crevice tool—a little narrow crevice tool—to clean up the port where the filter goes. This will catch any remaining lint. That’s all, that’s all you need is just three or four seconds to clean that out.

Now, the second tip is to, every time you’re drying a load of wet clothes, take a dry fluffy towel and toss it in with the clothes. Now, the dry towel will absorb any excess moisture and your clothes will dry a whole lot faster.


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  • Loren Says:
    July 5th, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    As I pulled out dryer lint a piece of plastic fell off and now I can’t dry clothes. ..How do I get it out?

    Tell your husband & also tell him you think you should pay for a professional (implied that he can’t do it).

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    May 5th, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Sounds like a job for professional hands that can reach in there and get it out! You’re right; better safe than sorry! 🙂

  • Theresa frazier Says:
    May 4th, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    A wash rag sliped down the lint shaft and I cannot get it out. I don’t want this to cause a fire when in use.

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    April 14th, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Hi, Evelyn,
    We recommend contacting Maytag for product-specific questions.
    Here’s where you can do that:
    Good luck!

  • Evelyn Sutter Says:
    April 12th, 2019 at 10:59 am

    I am noticing my 7yr old Maytag drier has started collecting lint in only one corner of the lint filter. Have an idea why this could be happening?

  • Neva Says:
    January 18th, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    As I pulled out dryer lint a piece of plastic fell off and now I can’t dry clothes. ..How do I get it out?

  • Brittany Says:
    November 12th, 2018 at 1:32 am

    When I washed a load of clothes, I ended up washing a whole newspaper as well now I have paper pieces in my dryer vent. Is there a way to clean it?

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    December 8th, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Hi, Blair,
    Danny says, “I would suggest using a rust-inhibiting spray followed by paint.
    Good luck!”

  • Blair Williams Says:
    October 11th, 2018 at 9:42 am

    A liquid of some type has leaked on my dryer and caused rusting behind the dryer door at the entrance to the drum. Rust is also on the mouth of the lint screen area. How can I repair this?

    Blair Williams

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3 Tips to Prevent Clothes Dryer Fires