Spring Cleaning Part 2 Cleaning Dryer Vent And Washing Machine

Hello, Darlings!

Spring Cleaning

Now is the perfect time to dive into those Spring Cleaning projects.  Today we are going to talk about cleaning the Laundry Room.  What??? Wait a minute, cleaning the room you use to clean your clothes? Yea, I know, it sounds redundant but with the new fancy washing machines, we need to give this area a little attention. The good news is that this is a quick project.

Laundry Room Checklist

Laundry Room Checklist












The first task on the list is to clean out excess lint from the dryer. This is actually a fire hazard. Nearly 3000 dryer fires are reported each year.  Most of these are preventable with proper maintenance.

How to Clean Your Dryer Vent

Don’t panic, this is not hard but it can be messy.  Here is your checklist for dryer cleaning

  1. Clean Lint Trap Filter
  2. Deep Clean Lint Trap
  3. Clean Venting Tubing

Tools Needed For Cleaning Dryer

  • Vacuum
  • Screw Drive
  • Dryer Vent Cleaning Kit

You can purchase a dryer vent cleaning kit from your local Home Depot or Lowes, or you can order one on Amazon

Dryer Vent Cleaning System

Dryer Cleaning Kit

How To Clean Your Dryer Video

You Did it!

It was not hard but will go a long way to helping your dryer run more efficiently and possibly prevent a dryer fire.

Cleaning The Washing Machine

What is that smell? If you have a newer front loader washing machine you know exactly what I am talking about.  The musty, moldy scent of bacteria.  Unfortunately, the newer washing machines are so airtight that bacteria and mold can grow like wildfire so to control this you need to give it a little TLC.

How To Clean Washing Machine

Again, this is not hard but will help with efficiency and of course the smell. Most of this information is geared to the front loader washing machines.  Here is your Washing Machine CheckList

  1. Empty drain/clean filter
  2. Wipe out inside and clean rubber gasket and remove any build up or grime
  3. Wipeout detergent area
  4. Run Clean cycle

Tools You Will Need

  • White Vinegar
  • Old Rag
  • Small bowl or Bucket

How To Clean Washing Machine Video

The manufacture of my washing machine recommends the Affresh cleaning tablets for cleaning. Using these once a month helps keep my washing machine fresh smelling.

Affresh Washing Machine Cleaner

Affresh Washing Machine Cleaner


Some helpful hints I found that work with the front loader washing machines is to leave the door open after use to allow the inside to dry out.  Also, don’t leave wet clothes in the washing machine for very long.  A newly clean load of towels will smell AWFUL if left in the washing machine overnight.

See, that wasn’t so bad.  I LOVE YouTube how-to videos.  Look what you have done is a small about of time. You have made strides to prevent dryer fires, helped the efficiency of your dryer, and ensured your washing machine produces sweet-smelling clean clothes.  It has been a productive day.

Her is the full Spring Cleaning Checklist and Kitchen Cleaning to continue your cleaning spree.

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About Nifty 50 Fabulous

Embracing and loving the life of an empty nester, I am a fashion and lifestyle blogger currently living in Birmingham, Al. I enjoy spending my time with friends and family including my sweet miniature schnauzers Gracie and Emma.

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