If wet clothes have been left inside a dryer for a long period of time, it's not just the clothes that will probably stink—the dryer itself could begin to emit a foul smell as well. Sometimes a piece of clothing that had an odorous item in the pocket and was run through the dryer can create a smell. Whatever the cause of the odor in the dryer, you can eliminate the smell with supplies you may already have around the house.
Clear out any debris inside of the dryer with a hand-held vacuum and clear out the dryer lint trap thoroughly, as these could be the source of the odor.
Fill a spray bottle with a mixture of half water and half vinegar. Vinegar is a natural deodorizer and cleansing solution.
Spritz the vinegar mixture onto a soft cloth. Do not saturate it—just a few sprays will suffice. Wipe down the inside of the dryer thoroughly with the slightly damp cloth. Leave the dryer door open for about two hours to allow it to air out. It might smell like vinegar for a short while but that smell will dissipate.
Insert about five scented dryer sheets into the dryer after the vinegar smell is gone. Turn the dryer on its highest setting and run it for at least 20 minutes. Leave the dryer door closed for between six hours to a day before use.
Items you will need
- Hand-held vacuum
- Spray bottle
- Soft cloth
- Scented dryer sheets
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