The Danger of
from Fabric Softner Sheets
So, you have heard
that not cleaning your dryer lint filter can cause fires. Yikes! Now you clean your dryer
lint filter religiously--and you think you are safe. Think again.
Take a look at your lint filter. It looks perfectly clean, doesn't it?
Take it over to the sink, hold it horizontally and run some water into it. It's a mesh
material, and all the water should run through it. Hmmm... it didn't? The water is just
sitting on top of the mesh? Looks like you use fabric softner dryer sheets, right?
Here's an eye-opener: Fabric softener dryer
sheets create an invisible film across the mesh. This can burn out your dryer's heating
unit even though you clean the lint off the filter. Even worse, it can cause your dryer
heating unit to catch fire, and possibly burn your entire house down.
TIP: At least every six months, remove the
filter and scrub it down with hot soapy water and a brush. A nail brush or vegetable brush
is good. Not only will this prevent a dryer fire, but it can double the life of your
dryer, and lower your electric bill as well!
Be kind to your allergic and asthmatic neighbors. Use unscented fabric softeners. It's
better for your health, too.