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How to Clean a Washer Lint Trap

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How to Clean a Washer Lint Trap

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You religiously clean the dryer filter after every load. You are the Master of Lint. And yet, your laundry comes out of the washer wearing a distinctly fuzzy coat. What's the problem? Most likely, your washer lint trap or filter is clogged.

The first step is to find the filter. If you have your owner's manual, it will tell you where the washer's lint filter is located. If the manual is long gone, find it here.

If you can't find the manual, it's time to go on a lint filter hunt. Some are located along the top rim of the washer tub. Slide your fingers around the top of the washer drum and you may find a screen to pull out or just simply a great deal of lint that needs to be removed. Some filters are inside the agitator. If your agitator cover is removable, check near the bottom where it attaches to the tub. Finally, the lint trap or filter may be at the end of the drainage hose.

Wherever you find it I'll bet you'll find a sticky layer of wet lint. Use a papertowel or brush to clean the lint off the screen mesh and rinse it in hot water before replacing. The hot water will also help to clear away any detergent or fabric softener residue that slows drainage.

The washer filter should be cleaned at least four times per year to keep your machine working its best.

Specific questions? Just ask here.

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