The heating unit went out in my dryer.

> The guy that fixes things went in to the dryer

pulled out the lint filter.

It was clean. We always clean the lint from the filter

after every load of


> He told us that he wanted to show us something. He

took the filter over to

the sink, ran hot water over it.

> Now, the lint filter is made of a mesh material -

I'm sure you know what

your dryer's lint filter looks like.

> WELL...the hot water just sat on top of the mesh!!!

It didn't go through

it at all!!!

> He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that

mesh that's what burns

out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's


> This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire &

potentially burn your

house down with it!

> He said the best way to keep your dryer working for

a very long time & to

keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter

out & wash it with hot

soapy water & an old toothbrush (or other brush) at

least every six months.

> He said that makes the life of the dryer at least

twice as long!

> How about that???!!!! Learn something new everyday!

> I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do that.

So, I thought I'd


> Note: I went to my dryer & tested my screen by

running water on it.

> The water ran thru a little bit but mostly collected

all the water in the

mesh screen.

> I washed it with warm soapy water & a nylon brush &

I had

> It done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it the

water ran right thru the

screen! There wasn't any puddling at all! That

repairman knew what he was

talking about!