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How do you get the mildew smell out of a clothes dryer?

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Very unusual problem with a dryer as it gets hot and would normally evaporate moisture causing mildew!

Try the following:

  • Unplug the power point of the dryer.
  • Gently clean the interior (and exterior) with a super absorbent cloth/non-scracth sponge lighty soaked in a mild bleach soapy mixture to kill off and remove the (blackish) mildew (Nappy wash is not a bad mixture). Weat rubber gloves for protection.
  • Let the unit wet for a few minutes and then using clean warm water and sponge, remove all trace of the bleachy soap on the unit as it is corrosive. Additional drying off with disposable paper towel will help remove any trace of bleach.
  • Put a wet clean bathroom towel lightly soaking with material conditioner mixture at double the normal recommended ratio, power the dryer and dry off the towel as per normal: the fabric conditioner is also a freshner.
  • Musty milldew odour should be gone!
Hope it helps! Please let me know how you go!


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