Musty Smells

Many times, when you aren’t expecting it, you open your dryer and cringe as you realize a very musty smells come out that something is very, very wrong! Your dryer is not supposed to smell like dirty socks or like your gym clothes that have been left in the laundry basket for a week.

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What Causes Dryer Odor?

  • Leaving damp clothes in the dryer: Mold and mildew develop when damp clothing is left in the washer or dryer for an extended period of time. Even after clothes are dry, mold and mildew may remain in the dryer drum, giving off an unpleasant odor.
  • Excess lint in dryer exhaust vent: A dryer’s exhaust vent becomes clogged with lint over time. When this happens, hot air has nowhere to escape and builds up inside the dryer, leading to a fire hazard. Not to mention, all that trapped heat creates an ideal environment for mold and mildew to grow, which also leads to bad smells.
  • Pests inside dryer vent: Mice, rats, and other pests are attracted to the heat of a dryer vent. If they build a nest inside your vent, you’ll likely smell them before you see them. An infestation will require the help of a professional to remove.

How to Remove Musty Smells from the Dryer

My Dryer Smells: How To Eliminate Bad Odors

 Cleaning the Lint Filter and Trap

It’s essential to check the lint filter and trap to remove smell from your dryer. During the drying process, the dryer removes small bits of damp fibers from your clothing, and these tiny bits of fluff collect in the lint tray, which results in musty odors.

Regular vent maintenance

It’s essential to clean your dryer vents 1-2 times per year. If bad odors return or the dryer takes too long to dry clothes, you may need to clean them more frequently.

If your dryer is still producing an unpleasant odor. It may be time for a professional dryer repair. Moore Appliance Service can take care of all your dryer needs and get your machine working like new again.

Cleaning a Dryer with Soapy Water to Eliminate Musty Smells

Sometimes, the most basic and straightforward cleaner is all that is needed to get the job done. If your dryer has a faint smell and requires minimal cleaning. Soapy water is the easiest way to remove odors from the machine.

Pour hot water into a bottle sprayer and add a couple of drops of liquid laundry detergent or dish soap. Shake the container gently to mix the solution with creating too many soap suds. Spray the inside of the drum with the soapy water and use rags or old towels to wipe down the surface.


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