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blue hose cleaning lint from inside dryer

Home should be your safe place.

Regardless of how many gadgets you use to organize your laundry room, there’s one thing many homeowners don’t do – properly clean out the lint dryer! Here’s a product we love to get the job done right so you can help prevent possible house fires and how it will even help save you money.

Let first talk about why it’s important to clean your dryer thoroughly:

balls of lint laying on tile floor

According to the U.S. Fire Administration:

    • 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
    • Failure to clean the dryer (34%) is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires.
    • More home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months, peaking in January.

Here’s what Bryn uses to properly clean her dryer:

blue lint lizard on tip of dryer with laundry products

The Lint Lizard is simple to use and easily attaches to most vacuums. Then you insert it into your lint vent opening and let it suck up lint build-up. Here’s what it will do for you:

    • Removes lint buildup from dryer vents
    • Decreases the dry time up to 15 minutes with regular use on your dryer (i.e. – saves you money!) 
    • Reaches where regular vacuums can’t and provide deep cleaning
    • Contributes to proper dryer maintenance

Here’s what Bryn has to say about her Lint Lizard:

blue attachment on vacuum wand with dryer in background

“I purchased the Lint Lizard last year after having my dryer vent system professionally cleaned and learning about the risk of dryer fires. I have always been diligent about cleaning out my dryer lint by hand before every new load I toss in, BUT I was always frustrated about the lint that I could not reach and remove.

The Lint Lizard was an affordable and super easy solution for me since it simply attaches to my vacuum cleaner hose (I use a central vac system) and quickly removes the excess lint by sucking it right out and into my vacuum system.

It is also a great attachment to use when vacuuming hard to reach areas in your home (like small cracks/under the fridge etc) and/or in your car (under the seats). I would say that the only downfall is that the tube is so bendable/flexible that sometimes it can be hard to point it in the right direction, but other than that, I’m really happy with it.”

Here’s what Consumer Reports says about the Lint Lizard:

What they checked:

“In one dryer, we collected and weighed the lint removed by each of three methods we tried in succession. First, we took apart ductwork and removed lint by reaching into nooks and crannies with our hands. Then we used a vacuum cleaner and crevice tool. Then we used the Lint Lizard. In a second dryer, we simply compared the amount of lint collected by a vacuum cleaner plus crevice tool with the haul collected by Lint Lizard.”

Their verdict: 

“It’s almost like a magic wand! Our reaching hands removed 8 grams of lint; a vacuum cleaner and crevice tool managed to suck up another 4 grams. And the Lint Lizard? Another 15 grams. In the second dryer, a crevice tool and vacuum cleaner removed just 0.3 grams of lint, after which Lint Lizard gulped 52 grams. Drawbacks: The Lizard’s sharply angled tip and curved hose made it miss a bit of lint in some nooks and on some surfaces, and it may not fit into very narrow openings in some dryers. Its sharp tip could also harm plastic ductwork (but it’s best to have metal dryer ducts).”

Here’s what others say about their Lint Lizard:

blue hose with lint and hair inside of dryer vent

“This is an excellent product which eliminates the necessity to spend big bucks to have a tech do the same job!”  – Bonnie ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Works as advertised and it pulled a lot of lint out of two different model dryers.” – Roger ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“I pulled out soooo much lint from my dryer! I attached it to my shop vac and it got all of it. Some of the bigger pieces will clog it but it’s easy to just pull it out of the lint lizard and remove it by hand.” – Stan ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Here are some other retailers you can buy the Lint Lizard:

person using hose and vacuum on dryer lint compartment

Is a top load or front load washer and dryer better for you?

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Comments 45

  1. Lora

    Thank you for this timely post. I was using chopsticks to remove the hard-to-reach lint in my dryer vent and thinking that there has to be a better way. Thanks again!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re so welcome, Lora! Glad you can switch to this tool instead of the chopsticks!

  2. Karbear52

    Wow, awesome…!!! I just ordered mine from my local target and it was the last one in stock…!! Thanks hipsters, you guys are awesome…!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Oh good! You’re SO welcome! Thanks for the sweet comment! 💕

  3. Amber

    My dryer stopped working a couple months ago. I opened it up to see what parts I needed and was surprised at the amount of lint and dog hair EVERYWHERE, not just the lint trap. The ignition coil was somewhat covered but my gosh the lint was awfully close to it. It covered the entire bottom of the dryer and when I took the drum out there was some stuck between the drum and the screwed on drum mount (in all the holes where the hot air escapes). This is definitely a great product but if you can YouTube videos of your dryer model and see how to open it, I would definitely recommend giving it a thorough clean out.

    • Radtechie

      Recommend that as well. It takes me less than 30 min to take off the back of the dryer, take out the vent and clean everything. It’s recommended to do this once a year.

  4. Alex

    Thanks for sharing- I actually grabbed one of these brand new at a discount store we have (Dirt Cheap) on a whim at 90% off!! So I paid $1.50 but haven’t used it yet- looks like today is the day AND I can’t wait to show my husband one of my splurges paid off 😁 (he is also a volunteer fireman so makes it even better)

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      SWEET! You’re very welcome, Alex! 🙌

  5. Kathryn

    Not to be that person, but I think it should DECREASE drying time!

    Love the laundry room sign.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for catching that! Just updated!

  6. Csandst1

    My dryer vent is on the top of the dryer. The hose doesn’t appear to be long enough to work. Opinions?

    • JenniferS

      Me too with the vent on the top of dryer. I’m diligent with cleaning lint off vent before drying the next time. Any solutions for this different vent location.

      • MombieZombie

        I take the screen out and blow down the hole with my cordless leaf blower and any buildup shoots out the exterior vent.

        • Joy

          I am going to try this tonight! What a great idea!

        • Lori

          Would never have thought of doing that. Thank you so much!

  7. Lel

    I’m seeing that Home Depot and Bed Bath And Beyond sell it for 9.97.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh cool! Thanks for sharing, Lel! We’ll be sure to check it out!

    • Sara

      Thanks for letting us know Lel! I updated this post for other readers to get the best deal possible! Have a great day!

    • CouponGurl

      Yay, thank you. I went and grabbed it on my lunch break and used a 20% off coupon so it was $8 at Bed Bath and Beyond 😀

  8. HBee

    Yes! Please clean your dryer hose going all the way out of the house. My dryer was not working and my hubs went to check, well, there was lint stuck all up in that hose going under the basement, it was EYE OPENING. The Lord protected us from our own stupidity. PLEASE CHECK! This was a major fire hazard that was avoided only because I asked for a new dryer. Lint Lizard is a good start, but please get someone to check that hose that goes from the dryer to where it exits the house.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience! We usually check the hose as well! GREAT tip!

    • Olivia

      Definitely! We did the same thing! When our neighbor’s dryer lint trap melted, and they recommended cleaning her whole vent to the outside of the house, my husband decided we should do it too. He bought a kit from Amazon that attaches to a cordless drill. The hardest part was moving the dryer away from the wall. It worked AMAZINGLY well. It’s a spinning brush with many little wands that you screw into each other to make a long length. (He actually got two kits because we needed extra length to get to our outside vent.) We literally filled our 12 gallon shop vac 3/4 of the way full with lint. 😱😱😱 We have it on our annual schedule now!!!

    • a

      Yes, thank you Hip2Save for sharing this important reminder that many don’t know about. We cleaned out our hose that leads from the dryer to outside and were shocked at how much lint was trapped. Now we will be cleaning out more frequently.

  9. Ang

    I love mine! I’m always disgusted by what comes out!

  10. TiffMeow

    Bought mine off eBay a tad cheaper. It’s great not only for lint trap but, those hard to reach places in the car!

    • Alex

      Thank you!! That is a GENIUS idea to use in the car!

  11. Rachel Pearson

    Also, don’t ever leave the house or go to sleep with the dryer on. If there is a fire, you’d have a better chance of catching it and putting it out with an extinguisher before it can spread if you are there and awake.

    • Amberd68

      This! My husband thinks I’m crazy, but I refuse to leave the house until the cycle is done…my neighbors at an old house had a dryer fire and I’ve been paranoid since. (I also unplug all plug-in scent warmers if we go anywhere overnight. )

    • PrincessMom

      If we need to leave and the dryer isn’t done, I shut it off and pop the door open (so I’ll see it open and remember to re-start it when we get home).

      • Mary

        Great tip PrincessMom!

      • Susan Pyles

        Please be very careful about leaving washer/dryer doors open if you have cats. As a child, we lost a cat that way-dryer. Later in life, it happened to a family that I picked up (rescued/fostered) a cat for. It is heartbreaking to say the least. This does not only apply to front loaders, as I left the washer lid open once and I found the cat in there.

    • chenga57

      Wow I never thought Of that. I always dry a load and then leave for work. I’ll have to stop doing that

  12. Tracy

    OK, I purchased online at Bed Bath & Beyond and picked up on my lunch break. I will be trying this tonight. Thank you!!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You are welcome! Let us know what you think, Tracy!

  13. Tammy S.

    Thanks for this! I’ve been meaning to have my hubby check the vent (it goes up and out of the roof which I hate!!!). I wonder if blowing air through the line with an air compressor would help it as well. Maybe a monthly item to do to keep it clear.

    • Valerie A

      A couple of years ago our dryer was drying sooo slow, my brother got up on the roof and cleaned the vent out with something like the Deflecto Dryer Duct Cleaner. The amount of lint that came out was crazy, who knows if it’d every been cleaned before.

      • Tammy S.

        My husband got on the roof a couple years ago and cleaned it out, probably for the first time ever as well! Its very inconvenient when its located up there to do it very often the dryer backs up to the garage, I wish they just had it go out there so we could clean it more often!

  14. Becks

    My neighbors house started on fire because of this! So scary! It was at night, they all got out but barely & they lost the entire house!

  15. Jessica

    We’re switching to ventless dryer because of the fire hazard. Our vent that goes outside makes too many turns that we can’t physically clean the vent thoroughly. We just bought the house and relocating the vent would be costly and a headache. The cost to have a professional come and do it every so often would equal the cost of us getting a ventless dryer.

    Also, leaf blower does work if the vents leading out doesn’t have so many turns. We did this in our old house.

    • a

      The leaf blower idea is great 👍

  16. Lori

    I was so excited to find one at goodwill today for $1 after reading this! Thank y’all so much! I always clean the lint screen but never really gave much thought to the rest of the dryer.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Only $1!!! WOOHOO!

  17. Julie

    I just purchased one today at Rite Aid for under $7. I’m anxious to give it a try!

  18. Nicole

    Bought at home depot today and just tried it. Maybe my dryer doesn’t have a lot of lint but it didn’t suck up anything. Was great at getting the dirt from my window seals but I’ll be returning it.

  19. Jenny

    This is a great post to warn people of the dangers of dryer lint. My Mom noticed some condensation stains on her basement drop tile ceiling. When we pulled a tile off and looked, we found the whole area covered in dryer lint! There was a hole in the dryer vent coil. It had been building up between the floor and ceiling. It was a major fire hazard. Thank goodness we caught it in time. None of us had any idea.

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