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Old 01-08-2008, 10:32 PM
 
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I empty it every time too, I just keep a small trashcan in the laundry room next to the dryer. Otherwise I would let it go for far too long!
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We empty the lint trap with every load, but I've never emptied the vent hose. Ummm, how do I even do that? :
with a screwdriver because there is usually a gasket (a metal ring thing) that holds the hose onto your dryer.

I cleaned mine out after 8 years and there was only a tiny handful there. Maybe that's because I clean the lint trap on top of my dryer everytime?

I did read about an apt fire in Philly and they had a laundromat on premises. Apparently they hadn't cleaned out the lint in 26 years!?!

You can buy special brushes to clean out the hose. In my house the dryer vents to the outside through one wall so our hose is rather short and it's very easy to clean.

http://www.wikihow.com/Clean-a-Clothes-Dryer-Vent

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Every time, with a garbage can right there.

If the risk of fire doesn't motivate you, then how about this... a dryer with a full lint trap will take longer to dry a load of clothes than one with an empty trap (thereby wasting energy and money). I know that my (new) dryer started taking longer and longer to dry the clothes, and I couldn't figure it out... finally realized that we hadn't replaced the vent hose when we replaced the dryer, and it was full of lint (major fire hazard).
I think I need to do this - I'm noticing a load takes longer to dry than it used to. How do you clean out the vent hose? Or do you just replace it altogether? I am really clueless when it comes to this stuff!!

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every time... we live an apartment building with communal coin-operated machines... every so often there are anonymous, some more polite than other, notes on the dryers or in the common areas reminding us to empty the lint traps... so it's empty the lint trap or incur the wrath of the anonymous note writer.

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I clean it everytime unless it is not full at all. I also compost it.
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I'd forget or blow it off sometimes, but every time I open the dryer little DS is there to pull the lint screen out. Helpful little guy
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with a screwdriver because there is usually a gasket (a metal ring thing) that holds the hose onto your dryer.

I cleaned mine out after 8 years and there was only a tiny handful there. Maybe that's because I clean the lint trap on top of my dryer everytime?

I did read about an apt fire in Philly and they had a laundromat on premises. Apparently they hadn't cleaned out the lint in 26 years!?!

You can buy special brushes to clean out the hose. In my house the dryer vents to the outside through one wall so our hose is rather short and it's very easy to clean.

http://www.wikihow.com/Clean-a-Clothes-Dryer-Vent

Sincerely,
Debra
Thanks, Debra! I wasn't sure if I needed to buy a special brush or gadget or if I could just reach my hand in the hose.

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I clean out the trap in the dryer every time I use it. I clean the vent that leads outside once a month. If you don't it gets really thick, air doesn't get out, and the clothes never dry.

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I clean the vent that leads outside once a month. If you don't it gets really thick, air doesn't get out, and the clothes never dry.
Mine is the same size as the silver flexible hose and I swear after 8 years there was no lint in there that people talk about? My house was built in 1981. Is your house older? Mine vents directly from the dryer to the wall so it doesn't have to travel. I've got a Kenmore Dryer if that matters. I am very curious about this.
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