Dryer care (yes, it sounds boring, but useful!)

Here's a handy (true) tip I received from my Mom this morning:

Washing the lint filter in your clothes dryer can help extend the lifespan of the appliance.

Apparently dryer sheets create an invisible film over the lint trap mesh which causes your dryer's heating unit to burn out more quickly. The best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take the filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush at least every six months. That makes your dryer last twice as long.

Read more information here.

I'm also interested in using dryer balls instead of fabric softener sheets. Has anyone tried them?

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  1. I haven't used the dryer balls, but I'm also really interested in them. I keep thinking about buying one . . . and then holding off until I learn more. Please post any info you get.

  2. I'm electing you the tryer of the balls...let us know how they work.

  3. Tryer of the balls... God, I have a dirty mind. lol


  4. Well, now that is what I call a handy tip! Too bad that here in my country of jolly ol' England, they have not yet discovered lint traps. There is no such thing. Very bizzare. Seeing all the lint that my dryer back in the States collected, it makes me wonder "WHERE does it all GO??????"

  5. No lint traps?! That IS bizarre!!

    Maybe it goes to the same place that all of my socks seem to disappear to...