Dryer Lint – tip of the week

Dryer Lint Skills, how to remove from screen

It’s Tip Tuesday and that means that you are treated with a tip, a tidbit, a morsel of awesome info that you might not have thought of.  It promises to make your life just a bit more efficient.  It might even save you time or money.

The tip today deals with something that we all have and usually throw away.  Dryer Lint!  No, not belly button lint, that’s different.  This is the byproduct of drying our clothing in a powered dryer.  The tip really has nothing to do with the Lint itself but in the manner in which you remove it from the lint screen.

Lint Screen = the plastic tray you remove (hopefully often) that collects the lint from your drying clothes. The purpose of the lint screen is to catch the lint before it gets into the exhaust duct and clogs it up.

I learned this tip in a community class that I went to, taught by my friend, Marie Ricks.  She is an amazing woman who is my hero when it comes to organizing.  Anyway, I was sitting in this class and when she shared this tip, almost as an aside, (I even remember her saying, “Oh, by the way, did you know ….”) it was a revelation to me. I think my jaw even hit the floor.  Why did I not know this?  Perhaps is was a long held family secret that was never divulged for fear that the dryer-lint-screen-cleaning competition would be lost the following year. I don’t know ….back to the tip.

Tuesday Tip – How to remove dryer lint from the screen effectively

To remove the lint from the screen, first wet your finger (lick it) and then swipe over the lint.  Your finger now has super lint-grabbing ninja powers that will astonish you.  Remember to do the licking BEFORE you grab the lint.  Now don’t “eww” at me, you know you lick your fingers for all sorts of reasons.  I promise you’ll never go back to your old lint grabbing ways ever again.

Now lest you wonder what in the world this has to do with Preparedness, never fear, it does actually have some purpose and can be a useful item. So when you remove your dryer lint, don’t throw it away, save it in a container of some sort and soon, you’ll have enough to use for….details coming soon. 🙂

You’re Welcome!




  1. Cindy says:

    Great tip! I have actually overlooked licking the finger first and tried to lick it after pulling only half the lint out and hoping the wet finger would get the rest. Aaaackkk. Phatooey! Lint on the tongue! NOT pleasant. 🙂

  2. Pam says:

    If you have fingernails (very useful tools, BTW), they also work great for cleaning lint screens. At least they do for me.

  3. Ash says:

    Lint is very combustible while that is a problem in a dryer, wrapped in newspaper, or the wax paper in cereal boxes they make great fire starters for camping or fire place

    • ready1 says:

      You are so right, in fact I have a couple of posts in my pocket about that very thing 😉

  4. Adrian says:

    I know Marie, she’s awesome! Definitely an authority on all household tips.

    • Andrea says:

      Aww so sweet to say…just plugging along like the rest of us though, no authority here…unless you ask my kids, then that’s another story….HAHAHA

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