Expert slams ‘dangerous’ cleaning tip
A video of a woman cleaning a hidden part of a clothes dryer has gone viral - but an expert has warned against doing the same.
"I remove the screws to make my life easier and look at that," she says about the mountainous gunk.
She then attaches a hose-like suction to the end of her vacuum to suck up all the dirt, before spraying the rest of the dryer with a disinfectant to remove any excess grime.
However Colin Jones, category expert at Appliances Online Australia, has warned against her tactic.
"Even with older models we would recommend not unscrewing panels, as it could be dangerous, due to exposed wiring," Mr Jones told news.com.au
"It's important to note that most products will have a two to three years warranty, which covers you for all parts and labour," he added, stressing the moment you attempt to repair or unscrew parts of a product yourself, it would void the manufacturer warranty.
Mr Jones said the best way to keep your dryer functioning at its best is to clean the accessible filter after every use regardless of how much lint has been collected, as it could lead to a potential fire hazard.
"Clogged vents, ducts, and filters are the primary causes of dryer fires. Usually, this is a result of a build-up of lint, but can certainly be caused by an accumulation of dirt, grass, or anything else that remains after the washing process."
He advised the best way to clean the filter is to remove any fine build-up of lint and wash it out.
"A general clean for your dyer should involve removing the filter, washing it under a running tap to remove any build-up of fine lint and giving your dryer a wipe down."
He explained that cleaning of these filters provides better air flow, which enables the dryer to operate more efficiently, preventing any overheating.
Originally published as Expert slams 'dangerous' cleaning tip