I gotta question for ya. 

Have you ever deep cleaned your dryer's lint trap? 

I know, it's odd to ask, but I saw an infomercial about the Lint Lizard (no, not "lot lizard", as John called it) and it changed my life. 

Ok. It didn't change my life per say, but it got me thinking one day when I was doing my weekly bathroom scrub-down. I thought to myself, "Self, you should check out your dryer and see how much lint you can wrangle outta that bad boy." 

Now, my BFF and I share a common fetish. Yes, fetish. We love gross things that involve cleaning. For example, on my second day of summer break this year I decided to take down the mini-blinds in our bathroom and breezeway and give them a scrub and long soak in the tub. After they were cleaned, I stared in amazement at the black tub water for a good four minutes. It was awesomely disgusting. Some people like popping zits (it's better than looking at them). Others like peeling sunburnt skin (I think I might faint at the thought). BFF and I like looking at dirty cleaning water and piles of freshly swept dirt (I'm salivating). 

Naturally I would be excited to pull pounds of dryer lint from the depths of the dryer. 


So here it goes: I'm going to disassemble a small part of the lint trap. 

Oh. My. GOD. 

Are you ready for this? 

I blinked once. Twice. I squealed for a few seconds and ran around like a maniac because I didn't know where to start.

Should I just reach in and, like, get all grabby on the shit load of dryer lint I saw before my eyes? No, I might break up some big chunks of lint. The big chunks are the best. That's not a good idea.

Should I get the vacuum? No, no, no. The vacuum would take all the fun out of it. I wouldn't be able to see all of the linty goodness. The vacuum will be saved for cleanup.

Got it!

Kitchen tongs. 

I'd get a better reach and would still get to marvel at the linty chunks.

So all of you out there who secretly love dirty cleaning water and piles of freshly swept dirt, are you ready to see the lint?


Here it is:

And I even saved the vacuuming for the detail work.

And I still got a ton of lint out of the dryer after using the kitchen tongs.

Look at how nice and clean my dryer's lint trap looks! I mean, that's a clean lint trap that surely any houseguest can appreciate, right? (Humor me.)

Alright, now seriously: A clean dryer prevents fires. While we rarely use our dryer in the summer (we opt for the greener clothesline, thankyouverymuch), the last thing I want to do in the middle of a harsh Iowa winter is put out a dryer fire.

That wouldn't be near as cool as spending a morning pulling chunks of lint from the dryer.

1 comment:

  1. Dryer lint musical extravaganza:


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