Clogged dryer vents can cause a fire. It's the perfect combination of heat and lint. Even though I swipe the lint trap clean after each drying cycle, there is still a lot left inside the unit. Removing it is such an easy process, given you have the right tools. It takes me less than five minutes to clear out a month's worth of lint.
Here's what happens if a dryer vent is NEVER vacuumed...
Here's how it goes.
Purchase a dryer vent cleaning kit. I've seen them in hardware stores, Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, Amazon, etc. I happened to find mine on Fly Lady's website:
They cost $10 - $25 dollars. Money WELL spent! I think they should be sold along with any dryer. Here's a link to a dryer cleaning kit on Amazon. It's almost identical to mine.
Before I start, I empty my vacuum canister - I love to see how much I've collected when I'm done.
I also have to clear away the large objects (Like Jack, the train).
Next, I remove the lint trap and look down inside to see how much lint is left behind.
The purple arrows above are where I took the next picture...
What a fire hazard!
Next, I use the long brush to loosen the lint.
I then fit the hose onto the top of my vacuum.
And go to town!
Out of here...
...and into here...
It's amazing how much lint can build up after just one month.
Such a simple process that could save your family and home.