I dropped something metal into the lint trap- oiy- and desperately tried to get it out at 11pm while also desperately trying not to wake up my sons who were asleep. I tried a wire hanger down into the lint trap to no avail- although I did clean out quite a bit of lint so that tells me a full cleaning is necessary. Alas… I had to take apart my dryer. Which is a pain in the tush, but apparently possible. So I decided to hold off until the next day and I set out all my wet clothes to air dry (ugh).
I was going to give a tutorial on how to get this apart, but seeing they’re all built so different I decided not to. I’m also not a repair person so I didn’t want to get myself in trouble. But the general idea is to unplug your machine so you don’t get electrocuted, and remove screws. We popped our top part off a bit and then the front part of the machine was able to be removed.
In the end, I discovered a lot of fun stuff to clean in my dryer and I imagine I’ll do this again in a couple years (or as needed) because I feel like that stuff shouldn’t just be left there forever. I found lots of displaced lint, a dime, a nickel, and a paperclip. And my dryer isn’t making any noises anymore. Yay! I vacuumed out what I could and used a cloth to wipe down/dust some of it. Obviously, I was very careful on all the “expensive bits” (aka all of it). The inside of the front of the machine also had a lot of dust and lint build up so I cleaned that too.
Here’s some pictures of the grossness. We have only had the machine less than 2 years, although we do a LOT of laundry and also have a roommate doing laundry.
If you’re not aware, it’s also a good idea to clean out your dryer vents regularly or to hire someone else to do it. We usually get ours done as well as our household vents, but I think this is a project we’d like to diy in the future because it is costly and doesn’t seem difficult.
Danielle Pientka is the sewing and DIY blogger behind DIYDanielle.com. She taught herself to sew in 2011 when she wanted to make cloth diapers for her first son. She’s been sewing everything from ecofriendly items to kids products to clothing since, as it has become a passion. She loves learning how to do new things and teaching others in the process. She hopes to inspire other moms to take time for themselves to find their own creative passion.
Danielle lives in Maryland with her three young sons and her husband, Brandon. In her spare time, she gardens, reads, horseback rides, and has a small homestead with goats and ducks. Visit her shop to buy patterns or her sewing eBooks. Subscribe to her newsletter to get blog updates, free patterns and other printables by clicking here.