Fill a sink with hot water and add one cup of white vinegar. Use a clean cloth dipped in the mixture to wipe down the exterior of the dryer.
Remove lint trap and remove lint (this should be done after every cycle you run the dryer!)
Remove any visible lint remaining in the lint trap and use a vacuum with attachment to vacuum out the rest. Wipe any areas you can reach with the water and vinegar mixture.
Pull dryer away from the wall and unplug. Vacuum any lint and dust from the area behind the dryer and remove the dryer hose from the wall and the dryer by pinching the metal rings and pulling away. Vacuum any lint you can see and the interior of the dryer hose. If you are able attach a small handbroom to a broomstick or other long item and gently brush the interior of the hose to remove any remaining dust and debris.
Clean the floor under the dryer and reattach the dryer hose at both ends, testing to make sure it’s secure. Carefully replace dryer.
Ta-da! You’re all done! Make sure to do this every 6-12 months, we do it at Spring and Fall Cleaning time. Clogged dryer vents can easily start a fire so this is one of those cleaning tasks that’s just as much about safety as cleanliness! Don’t forget to clean your washer too if you haven’t yet! Happy Spring Cleaning!