How To Get Rid Of The Moldy Smell In Your Dryer

Posted on: 10 August 2015


If you open the door and the smell of damp and mold comes out, then you have a problem. Not only has something gone horribly wrong, since the dryer is supposed to dry things, but now anything you run through the dryer is inevitably going to smell. You might have left wet clothes in the dryer for an extended period of time because you forgot to start the dryer or cycle, or when you put wet clothes in, they dripped on the lint catcher and made the lint start to mold. Here are some steps that you can take to mitigate the problem.

1. Remove Anything Wet

Your first step is to remove anything that is wet. This means taking out your wet clothes and the lint rack. You will likely want to wash your clothes again in order to get rid of the mold smell. Clean the lint rack while wearing gloves and sanitize it using hydrogen peroxide or another acid-based cleaner. This will kill all of the mold particles and prevent them from spreading. It will also remove the smell from this small part of the dryer.

2. Clean the Drum

Next, you are going to want to make sure that you clean out the drum. Mold particles could have detached from your lint rack or clothes and attached themselves to the walls or door of the drum. Either use a cleaning solution that contains bleach or make your own cleaning solution. Adding a cup of bleach to a gallon of water is standard practice for diluting bleach. The bleach will kill the mold particles and keep them from going to other areas of the dryer. 

To use the solution, insert a rag into the solution and wring it out. Start by wiping down the door of the drum in quick strokes. While you are waiting for the door to dry, start wiping down the inside of the drum. Allow your dryer to sit overnight so that you know that the bleach solution is totally dry. If you put clothes in too soon, then you might end up accidentally putting random white spots all over them.

3. Use Vinegar

Finally, take some vinegar and pour it on a few towels or other highly absorbent materials. Make sure that they are damp enough so that they feel like they are wet when you touch them but not so damp that they are dripping. Put these towels in the dryer and turn it on. This will remove any leftover odor that's in the dryer. Wash and dry the towels to get rid of the vinegar smell.

For more information, talk to a dryer repair company.