If you have ever taken clothes out of the dryer and found they were still damp, you may be dealing with lint buildup. Your dryer will run much more efficiently if air can flow easily. Removing lint -- which is highly combustible -- also reduces the risk of fire. Take these steps to help keep your dryer lint-free.
Despite how carefully you check everyone's pockets, something bad can still make it into the dryer. The most likely culprits: pens, crayons, chewing gum, candy, and lipstick. Or maybe you washed a dry-clean-only item whose dye still clings to the drum. Stains inside the machine can transfer to other clothes and ruin them. Here's how to clean the most common stains.
Clean the outside of your dryer about once week by wiping it with a damp cloth dipped in mild dishwashing liquid. Remove the soapy residue with a clean, wet cloth, then wipe dry.
Clean the interior of your dryer about once a month, even if there are no stains to remove. Unplug the dryer. Use a rag dipped in warm, soapy water to wipe down the drum. Dry with another clean rag.
If you clean the interior of your dryer with anything other than soap and water, delay using it again for several hours. Leave the dryer door open and let any fumes or residue dissipate before heating it up again.