One of my favorite things about working here at Wimp is that I get to learn something new and useful on a daily basis. Whether it's learning how to freshen up my bedsheets and mattress, finding out how to get the most nutrition from an avocado, or even learning something unexpected about an everyday item, I love being able to expand my knowledge. When we present you with life hacks, we're not just throwing stuff out there - we actually use a ton of these hacks in our own lives! For instance, it was Wimp that taught me how to quickly chill a drink, and I've impressed a lot of friends with that one!
We've also got plenty of tips for making laundry easier to do, but this particular tip has more to do with the safety and efficiency of your machines. Whitney Crooks shared this video, which features a tip on cleaning your dryer's lint filter that was given to her by her son-in-law, Cameron Beckwith (the man in the video). Most of us might think that if a lint filter looks clear, it's clean and safe to use, right? Unfortunately, if you use fabric softener, it can leave a clear residue behind that still blocks the air flow on your filter - even though it looks totally clean.
Blocked air flow to your dryer is bad news for several reasons. First, it reduces the efficiency of your machine which means longer cycles and more power used per cycle (leading to an uncomfortably large power bill). Additionally, it can cause the machine to overheat and/or blow a fuse. Finally, a malfunctioning dryer is one of the leading causes of house fires in America, so do yourself a favor and just give your lint filters a good scrubdown every month or so.
H/T: Whitney Crooks