How to Filter Out Laundry Lint

One of the largest problems associated with your laundry is the filtering of lint. Many washers and dryers have a method to filter lint, but it’s still important to keep an eye on the buildup. These laundry lint fibers can affect the performance of your machines and buildup in your septic system to prevent the absorption of liquid into the soil. In this article, we will look at filtering lint out of the laundry and how to clean the filter.

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The Importance of a Filter

If your machines already have a lint filter, you can easily locate it and clean it each and every time you finish a load of laundry. If your machine doesn’t have a lint trap, it’s easy to install one, but it can be expensive. A great option is an enclosed mesh filter, this can trap more than 90% of the lint, and it can extend the life of your drain field by years. This makes a filter a worthwhile investment despite the initial costs.

Installing the New Filter

First, you need to locate the discharge pipe on your washer and dryer. Then you can slip the new filter into place according to the specific instructions provided and then attach the discharge hoses to the filtration container. Then you can empty the reusable filter containment bag when it reaches half full to ensure that the machine is working well. If you invest in a higher quality filter, it will last longer, and you won’t need to spend money on a new and expensive filter for a long time.

As you can imagine, some aftermarket appliance accessories work better than others. Laundry lint filters are no exception; some filters will be more effective than others on your washer and dryer. If you need some advice, check the owner’s manual and/or the manufacturer’s website, and they may recommend filters to use in your machines.

Cleaning the Lint Filter

When the lint filter is clogged, the airflow is reduced, and this can impede a drying cycle. In some cases, it may be necessary to perform a second drying cycle, and this takes up more time and energy. It’s also important to understand that laundry lint is flammable, and if it becomes too dry, it can be a fire risk. For this reason, it’s a good idea to clean the lint filter after each and every cycle to prevent the lint from building up in the first place.

4 Steps to Clean the Lint Filter

  • Find the Filter
    The lint filter is typically located at the bottom right of the washer, and this makes access easy. Certain models have a different layout; if you cannot see the filter cover consult your owners manual for the specific location.
  • Remove the Filter
    Place a cloth under the filter cover to catch any moisture that may come out when you remove the filter. Don’t worry if you see a lot of water when you remove the filter; this is normal, and the cloth will prevent the water from going all over the floor. Gently remove the lint filter, and you may notice that the surface is covered with grime and debris.
  • Clean the Filter
    The best tool to clean a lint filter is an old toothbrush, scrub away at the surface using a little mild soap and some warm water. If your filter is very dirty, it can be soaked in some hot water with a little detergent for a few hours and then scrub it again. Once the filter is clean, leave it to dry naturally before replacing it.
  • Clean the Filter Housing
    Before you place the filter back in the washer, take some time to clean the filter housing. Take a clean cloth and rub it around inside the hole to remove any debris that’s hiding there, Then slide the filter back into place, screw it securely into position and close the filter cover.

If you’re having issues with your laundry appliances, you can rely on a professional home appliance technician. For assistance with all of your appliance installation issues, speak to a professional appliance repair service.