Dryer Sheets and Fabric Softener
These are great for making laundry smell fresh and reducing static, but not so great for your dryer. Dryer sheets and fabric softener leave a residue which, over time, can create a waxy build-up on the lint trap/filter. If there is too much residue on the lint trap, the air flow in the dryer will be cut off, and the machine will overheat—possibly blowing a thermal fuse. To check your filter, run water over it, and if water puddles, there is waxy build-up. Cleaning is simple: use a de-greasing detergent (such as Dawn) and scrub with a brush or scratchy sponge. Make sure the filter is completely dry before putting it back into the dryer.
And while we’re talking about dryers, if your dryer is in a small space, like a closet, please make sure to have the closet door open while using the dryer. Dryers require sufficient “makeup air” in the room, or they will overheat. And always, always clean out the lint trap after every use: both for the life of the dryer and for safety as lint is highly flammable.