I don’t clean the lint trap after every load of wash. My husband does though, and so if I do a load, I just leave it because usually there is not enough lint to remove after one dry cycle. And I know that he will take care of it, even if I forget. So, I was talking to my cousin this weekend and she told me that might not be enough to clean the trap. She said, I needed to actually wash and scrub the lint trap with a tooth brush, soap and water, otherwise there is film you don’t see that can block the hot air from getting through, and can burn out the heating unit.
Using dryer sheets are the culprit. Dryer sheets have a waxy film to make your clothes static free and soft. The wax can build up on your clothes and that is how it gets on the filter screen.
So, I decided to run water over my lint trap and most of the water did not go through the mesh holes! I was really surprised because my husband is so good about keeping it clean, but we do use dryer sheets every time. This is something that could potentially burn your house down too! Very serious. Just wash it every 6 months and it should be fine. It can lower your electric bill and increase the life of your dryer twice as long!