How to Clean Dryer Vents (and What Can Happen If You Don’t)


If your clothes take forever and a day to dry, it might be high time you learned how to clean the dryer vents. Ask yourself, honestly, when was the last time you did it. Maybe never? No, we’re not talking about the screen inside the dryer. We’re talking about the silver tube that carries all that hot, wet air outside.

These vents can get clogged with lint, which will keep your dryer from functioning properly. As a result, the dryer will not only take longer to dry clothes, it will also jack up your electric bill and your risk of a house fire. It’s kind of a lose-lose-lose proposition. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are about 2,900 dryer fires a year, and they cause an estimated five deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. The leading cause of those fires? Failure to clean dryer vents

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