If you or someone you know uses dryer sheets, please read this!!


Old 01-20-06, 03:13 PM
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Arrow If you or someone you know uses dryer sheets, please read this!!

Not sure where to post this. A friend sent it to me and I figured that I gotta share this.

ABOUT CLOTHES DRYERS ....this is true

I had a wonderful morning, the heating unit
went out on my dryer! Why does everything seem
to fall apart this time of year!???

The guy that fixes things went in to the dryer &
pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. We
always clean the lint from the filter after every
load of clothes. He told us that he wanted to show
us something.

He took the filter over to the sink & ran hot
water over it. Now, the lint filter is made of a
mesh material - I'm sure you know what your dryer's
lint filter looks like. WELL.. the hot water just
sat on top of the mesh!!! It didn't go through it
at all!!!

He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that
mesh & that's what burns out the heating unit.(can
cause a fire) You can't SEE the film, but it's there.

He said the best way to keep your dryer working
for a very long time & to keep your electric bill
lower) is to take that filter out & wash it with hot
soapy water & an old toothbrush (or other brush) at
least every six months. He said that makes the life
of the dryer at least twice as long!
I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do that.
So, I thought I'd share!
Note: I went to my dryer & tested my screen by
running water on it. The water ran through a little
bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh
screen. I washed it with warm soapy water & a nylon
brush & I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I
rinsed it the water ran right through the screen!
There wasn't any puddling at all!

That repairman knew what he was talking about!
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Old 01-20-06, 05:22 PM
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saw that a couple years ago....my filter did not hold water, and it was around 9-10 years old. Maybe because of the way i clean off the lint, or because it's an electric dryer.
Snopes urban legend says this is basically true though.
most manufacturers also recommend cleaning the filter once in a while.
Old 01-21-06, 12:52 AM
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What does the beading water prove? I can spray rain-repellant on clothes - water beads, yet the fabric still breathes. Better test the above theory by dribbling warm water on a dryer sheet, then shaking it off and blowing through it.
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The beading water indicates that the screen is plugged and therefore making your dryer work harder, thus shortening its life.
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This was all new to me and I checked my dryer yesterday. My dyrer is approx 8 yrs old and the filter had never been cleaned with water until yesterday. Water flowwed thru it fine even though my wife uses dryer sheets. I do however plan to clean the filter with soap and water, periodically from now on - an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Thanks for the heads up
Old 01-23-06, 05:01 AM
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I tried it, too, on our 20 year old Kenmore (also never cleaned except the normal lint removal) and it "passed". If people really want something to worry about they should worry about the lint build up in the exhaust ducting. I can gaurantee that is a problem especially if it is a long duct (vice the kind where the drier is right next to the outside wall and the duct is only a foot long).
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Old 01-27-06, 07:44 AM
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After reading your very informitive post about the dryer sheats, I went and looked at ours. Pord water on it and the water puddled in the metal mesh filter! I was like, oh oh. So I cleaned it with a brush, soap, and hot water and the water ran right through it then I knew I was safe.

Thankyou so much

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