Remove the dryer's lint trap and clean it thoroughly. Use a bottle brush to pull out any built up lint that is stuck in the trap cavity.
Sprinkle the baking soda into a small bowl and add enough water to create a thin paste.
Dip a sponge in the baking soda and rub down the interior of the empty dryer. Don't forget to clean the inward facing section of the door.
Rinse the sponge completely and wipe away the residual baking soda inside the dryer with the sponge.
Run the dryer on a normal cycle while it is empty. After about 10 minutes, stop the machine and investigate for smells—the heat will amplify any odors that are being generated by the machine. Contact an appliance service professional if you smell foul odors coming from the machine.
Add the remaining baking soda paste to the rinse cycle when washing clothes in the machine, which will absorb odors in the clothes.
Remove the clean clothes from the washer and load them into the dryer. Be careful not to overfill the dryer, which will prevent the machine from being able to properly tumble the clothes, resulting in damp, sour-smelling clothes.
Add one or two dryer sheets to the dryer and run it at the highest heat cycle that is appropriate for the type of clothes that you are drying.
Things You Will Need
- Bottle brush
- 4 Tbsp baking soda
- Small bowl
- Running water
- Dryer sheet
- Hard plastic dryer balls soften clothes as they dry them. They also help clothes separate and tumble while reducing static buildup. Avoid adding chemicals to your fabrics by employing reusable dryer balls.