How to Clean the Inside of the Dryer

Dryers build up dust, dirt and lint with everyday use.

As lint and other bits of debris build up in the lint trap, they reduce dryer efficiency. Further, sometimes items such as gum, crayons or ink pens end up in the dryer, melting onto the dryer drum in the heat. These items can transfer onto your laundry, potentially ruining them. You should wash the inside of the dryer and lint trap twice yearly to ensure your dryer lasts and your laundry stays clean.

Turn off the dryer and remove the lint screen.

Rinse the lint screen under warm running water. Scrub it with a toothbrush and 1 tsp. dish soap. Rinse it well, shake out the excess water, and allow it to air dry.

Vacuum the lint trap with a crevice tool attached to the vacuum hose. Reach down as far as possible to remove all of the lint. Put the lint screen back into place.

Remove melted crayons by running the dryer for 10 to 15 minutes to soften the wax.

Apply cleansing powder to a damp sponge. Clean the inside of the dryer drum and the door with the sponge. Scrub crayon marks, stains and dye until they disappear. Rinse the sponge and add more cleanser if necessary.

Dampen a cloth with water and wipe the inside of the dryer to remove cleanser residue.

Dry the inside of the dryer with a clean cloth.

Things You Will Need

  • Toothbrush
  • Dish soap
  • Vacuum with crevice tool
  • Bleach-free cleansing powder
  • Sponge
  • Cloths


  • Clean the lint trap before and after each load of laundry.

About the Author

Shelley Marie has been writing professionally since 2008 for online marketing and informational websites. Her areas of expertise include home, garden and health. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and an associate degree in medical billing and insurance coding, both from Herzing University.