Thursday’s Thoughts on Home: The stinky dryer

My dryer stinks… I mean really stinks.  If you don’t remove the clothes right away when you open the door, you are accosted by a rancid smell.  So I close the door.  Let the dryer spin for another 10 minutes, open it and take the clothes out and they smell decent enough.  Not april fresh, but not anything that will make the person next to you notice… at least I don’t think so… at least no one’s mentioned it to me.  (no, dryer sheets don’t help)

When the clothes are removed from the dryer, the dryer itself still stinks.  So of course I swagbuck searched (I don’t google, I search through swagbucks so I can earn stuff for free like Amazon gift cards.  If you are still searching on google, why?  You are just giving them the advertising money… click on the swagbuck box on the bottom of my page and check it out.)  Anyway, I searched the Internet for stinky dryer solutions and it appears I’m not alone, and it seems there are many different ways to approach this.

  1. Wipe the inside of the dryer clean with vinegar.  Since the only vinegar I have right now is apple cider vinegar, I think I’ll wait.  (btw, apple cider vinegar works well as a fruit fly trap – just sit the cup out and have fun counting the multitudes of dead fruit flies floating… I stopped at 45ish)
  2. Take out the dryer drum to clean out any lint or anything stuck in there and then clean with vinegar… um, thinking this will be a last resort.
  3. Clean the entire vent line from dryer to the outside of wet lint and or dead animals – yuck!  hoping it’s just wet lint.  For us, this involves climbing around in the attic and getting on the roof and cleaning out the little pole thing that sticks up.  But Jeff and I’ve cleaned out wet lint before and never had this smell before… usually it just slows the dryer down.  So truly hoping it’s not an animal of some kind.
  4. Change the electrical cord… not really sure why this would help, but apparently it helped a few people enough that they took the time to type about it.

So hoping a trip to the store to purchase vinegar and a good wipe down is all it takes.  Because, honestly, I just don’t feel like doing any of the other stuff.  So if you ask me in a month about my dryer, if the vinegar thing doesn’t work, most likely I’ll say that I still just turn the dryer on again and then grab the clothes out hot and then the dryer doesn’t stink.  (I know some of you are probably getting ready to start typing a comment about the fire hazard of not cleaning out the vent… I know, I know…)

Here’s the thing, I want the stink gone, but I really don’t feel like doing anything about it.  And as I’m typing this, I realize that truly that’s how a lot of things in my life are… I want the weight off, but I don’t want to change my eating… I want my house clean, but don’t feel like cleaning… I want to be able to wake up early and read the Bible and run, but don’t feel like going to bed earlier…  I think I want God to be a magic genie instead of a God who is concerned about our character and heart…

Oh no!  The dryer just buzzed… I better get the stuff before the stink comes!

♥Becki, imperfect dryer maintainer 🙂


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