Why Does My Dryer Stink?

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Your dryer is one of the most important appliances in your home, but it can also be one of the most annoying when it starts to smell bad. There are a few possible causes of a smelly dryer, and it’s important to identify the source of the odor before you can address it. 

The most common cause of a smelly dryer is lint buildup. Lint from your clothes accumulates in the lint trap, which you should be cleaning after every load. If you’re not cleaning the lint trap, the buildup can cause your dryer to smell. To prevent this, make sure you’re regularly cleaning the lint trap and vacuuming out the lint from inside of the dryer. 

Mold and mildew can also cause your dryer to smell bad. If your dryer is located in a damp area of your home, like a basement or a laundry room without proper ventilation, it can cause mold and mildew to build up. To prevent this, make sure that your dryer is in a well-ventilated area and that you’re regularly cleaning and drying the inside of the dryer. If you’ve been using fabric softener sheets or dryer sheets, they can also cause your dryer to smell. The residue from the sheets can build up in the dryer and cause a musty smell. To prevent this, try switching to a liquid fabric softener or skip the dryer sheets altogether. 

Sometimes an animal, like a mouse or a bird, can get into your dryer and die. If this happens, it can cause a strong, unpleasant smell. To prevent this from happening, make sure that all of the openings to your dryer are sealed off and that there are no gaps around the doors or windows. 

Finally, if you’ve been using a dryer with a gas heating element, the smell could be coming from a gas leak. If you smell gas, shut off the gas supply to your dryer and call a professional to inspect the appliance and fix any issues. 

No one wants to deal with a smelly dryer, and these tips can help you prevent and address the issue. Make sure you’re regularly cleaning the lint trap, keeping the dryer in a well-ventilated area, and avoiding fabric softener sheets. Additionally, seal off any openings and contact a professional if you smell gas. With these steps, you can keep your dryer smelling fresh and clean.