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6 EASY STEPS TO CLEAN YOUR DRYER VENTS



Step 1: FIND YOUR VENT


Before you can clean your dryer vent, you’ll need to figure out where it actually is. Dryers are usually connected to a short, 4-inch diameter exhaust pipe that then connects to ductwork inside a wall. Hot air from your dryer is pushed through this pipe and escapes through a vent on the outside wall of your home.



Step 2: CAREFULLY DISCONNECT YOUR DRYER


Once you’ve figured out how your ducts work, you’re ready to unplug your dryer. Once that’s done, remove any metal tape or clamps that attach your dryer vent pipe to its exhaust. Be sure to apply gentle pressure when pulling the vent pipe from the wall duct, so as not to break the pipe.


Step 3: VACUUM THE LINT


By now you should be able to get a clear look inside your dryer vent from inside your laundry room (or nook). Use the hose attachment of a vacuum cleaner or shop vac to suck up any lint in or around the hole.

If you’ve got a handheld vacuum, you can repeat this process on the outside duct. Otherwise, try to clear debris manually from outside.


Step 4: GET IN THERE WITH A BRUSH


Attach the dryer brush from your vent cleaning kit to your power drill and insert the brush end of the rod into your duct. Push the brush as far back as you possibly can, bearing in mind that you might need to delicately maneuver the hose attachment depending on the route your duct takes.


Step 5: CLEAN UP AND RECONNECT


At this point, you’ve likely unearthed a treasure trove of lint. You’ll want to use a vacuum cleaner or broom and dustpan to sweep away your new fluffy friends.

Next, plug your dryer into the outlet and reconnect your wall duct.

One catch, though: if your dryer uses a soft foil-style vent to link to its wall duct, you’ll want to replace it with something sturdier.


Step 6: CELEBRATE!

You did it! Cleaning out a dryer vent may not be glamorous work but you rose to the challenge and for that, you deserve a victory lap. Turn on your dryer and listen as the air flows smoothly out the vent—the sweet sound of success. No more damp clothes, no more endless cycles. And you did it all on your own.


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