Do One Thing: Clean Out The Lint Filter.

April 8, 2009

This week’s Do One Thing is so very, very simple. Everyone knows there is a lint filter inside a clothes dryer, but how often do you clean it out? I clean ours out every single time I use it, which hopefully will be much less now that it is warm outside and I got the clothesline up. If you are not cleaning your lint filter out often, you are both wasting electricity and could be shortening the lifespan of your dryer. With a clean filter, your clothes dry much faster and your machine runs more efficiently – a win for the environment and for your wallet. So clean out those lint filters!

As an added bonus, if you have a fireplace and/or an outdoor fire pit, save up that lint as it makes a great fire starter!

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After a varied past of being a test driver for automotive television programs, a Hollywood studio lackey, and an online media sales director, David is now the publisher and editor of The Good Human. In his spare time he rides motorcycles, drinks good beer, and builds stuff in the garage. You can follow him on Twitter at @thegoodhuman or G+ at Google
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Comments (0)

  1. I do make it a habit to clean the dryer lint, but I had been trowing it away, a commenter on my site just left a tip that lint can be composted… and I started composting last week! Awesome!

  2. pusserboots says:

    We also clean out the filter every single use and have plans to clean out the vent pipe too. Composting the lint is a great idea!

  3. Beanie Bear says:

    Even better. Get a clothes airer and hang your clothes on to that to dry. It might take a bit longer but at least you’re not using any electricity.