Now that I’ve just finished cleaning my washing machine, I take a second and clean my dryer too.
The first time, I had to clean out the dryer sheet residue. I’ve not used them for a while now, since learning it’s toxic — one of the top 3 toxins in your home! (I use wool dryer balls instead — learn more here) And it’s a no-no for my Norwex microfiber.
So, the first time I scrubbed out the inside of my dryer with Ultra Power Plus laundry detergent and hot water and an old (NOT Norwex microfiber) rag. I also took the lint trap out and cleaned that under running water to fully remove any fabric softener residue that had built up.
But now that dryer sheets and their toxic residue have been completely eradicated from my home, it’s much simpler.
I empty my lint filter after each load, but now I remove the filter and clean out the well with my EnviroWand. [You’ll want to do this first because the excess lint can float back into your dryer drum.]
This is also when I try to also clear the tops of the machines, vacuum between, behind, and under them, and wipe down the whole exterior of the machines with the wet EnviroCloth — assuming I don’t have piles of laundry waiting to be washed in the newly cleaned washer. And it will be an ideal time to refresh my dryer balls with a few drops of an aromatic essential oil of my choosing to scent our clothes for the next few weeks.