What to Do About Dryer Lint

Dryer lint is a natural part of the laundry cycle. Small fibers from your clothes collect together, forming a soft, fuzzy, grey mass. Dryers have long been equipped with lint traps to collect these fibers, allowing you to easily remove them in a large clump. 

The question is, what do you do with the lint once you’ve removed it? 

Can You Repurpose Dryer Lint? 

Most people simply toss their lint in the garbage. There is certainly nothing wrong with that. Some, however, get a little more creative. Because it’s soft and fluffy, some use it as bedding for smaller pets such as guinea pigs and gerbils. Others will use it as stuffing for stuffed animals and more. 

If you’re feeling particularly crafty, you can add some glue, some soap, and some water and make modeling clay out of it. 

A quick search online will give you all sorts of ideas of what you can do with dryer lint besides toss it in the garbage. 

Whatever you end up doing with it, just remember…. 

Dryer Lint Can Be Very Dangerous  

Left unchecked, lint can build up, impacting your machine’s efficiency and causing it to wear out faster. Lint can also absorb moisture, raising humidity and spreading mold. Most alarmingly, however, dryer lint can actually catch on fire within your machine. 

Clothes dryers cause thousands of house fires every year. The leading cause of dryer fires is a failure to clean. 

Your lint trap should be removed and cleaned in between every load of laundry. But that’s not enough. Some fibers get past the trap, building up inside of your dryer vent. That’s why you also need to make sure your dryer vents are regularly inspected and cleaned at least once a year by a certified professional. 

For dryer vent cleaning in Dayton, Ohio and the surrounding communities, contact Air Duct Cleaning Company today! 

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