Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Dryer, Dryer, Pants on Fire

The Baroness proudly presents... her first Public Service Announcement. No, this is neither a joke nor a test. I strongly urge you to fight, fight, fight the impulse right now that is shooting from your brain to your clicking finger on the computer mouse, and instead take 2 minutes to read this. While I don't usually see the need to wax rhapsodic over my household appliances, I decree that this pretty important, and it sure was something that I didn't know. Chances are, you might not have known about it either. Or you do, and I really do live under a rock. Imagine. Read on...

Today's Good blog (i.e. the Good. The Bad. The Irksome) comes directly from a missive sent by the Baroness' long-time pen pal, Countess Juanita. She sheds a light on a scenario that, while on the surface seems kind of silly, has a fairly frightening reality of happening, and a potentially tragic outcome.

And I quoteth:

"The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load of clothes).

He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink, ran hot water over it. 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 there.

It's what's in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free - that nice fragrance too, you know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box, well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire & potentially burn your house down with it!

He said the best way to keep you dryer working for a very long time (& to keep your electrical 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 share."

Countess J, from all us at the von Bloggenschtern compound, thank you for deeming this factum worth sharing.

And as for you, dear reader, grab that filter and scrub.


Scarlett Wanna Be said...

Perhaps now, I won't be so mad at Big Daddy for forgetting to throw in a dryer sheet. He may have just been saving our lives!

Baroness von Bloggenschtern said...

Math wizard, knight in shining (& static-free) armor - this guy's a keeper!

Not Afraid to Use It said...

Excellent info! That will the first thing I do when we get to our new digs. Check out my dryer post from back in Nov. I guarantee the pics will make any OCD compulsion about lint go into overdrive. It is appropriately called Holy Dryer Fire, Batman!

Baroness von Bloggenschtern said...

Countess NATUI: Heysoos Marimba! That post of yours definitely falls into the "Ack" category! Although disgusting, I'm sure it was very satisfying at the same time, kind of like peeling off a sunburn (I'll save that one for later). Apologies to you if it seems I poached a previous blog; I honestly did just get this e-mail yesterday. Maybe it's one of those urban myth things, and I got sucked in. Ack. (but I don't think so...)

Not Afraid to Use It said...

Oh no! I don't think you poached anything at all! I just thought you would appreciate those pictures. LOL

Lisa said...

You know, I'm glad you posted that. I am freakishly afraid of fire, so you can bet your sweet bippy I'll be toothbrushing my lint filter today. As a matter of fact, I'm gonna do it right now! Thanks dearest Baronness!! ... Barbra Peapod

Baroness von Bloggenschtern said...

Countess Groan-a: I felt kind of bad unknowingly pandering to your fire anxiety, after reading your post, but am now happy that things are on a upward climb. Have a great day!

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