Home & Garden You Should Go Beyond the Lint Trap to Keep Your Dryer Safe from Fires
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<p>When it comes to painkillers, we know about the dangers of prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, and Percocet. But what about over-the-counter products?</p>In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration released a report cautioning against taking aspirin and ibuprofen (found in Advil and Motrin) together due to the risk of excessive bleeding. Over 10 years later, I'm sure I'm not the only one still mixing the two pain relievers. We spoke to doctors about the safety risks of taking these two medications at the same time, alternative ways to treat pain if one medication isn't sufficient on its own, and whether there are any instances when it's safe to make an exception.
If you spend any time doing laundry, you already know that you’re supposed to clean out the lint trap every time you run a load through the dryer. But the task is more urgent than it may seem in the moment. Regular dryer cleaning could save your house from burning down.
Clothes dryers causeof house fires in the U.S. per year, and many of those are caused by excess lint. According to , your dryer is much more likely to catch on fire because of lint buildup than because of an electrical problem.
If you want to keep your home safe from flames, in other words, you could do worse than starting with your clothes dryer. That involves more than just dusting off the lint trap every few days. As a bonus, the steps you take to reduce the lint in your dryer system will also make your clothes dry faster.
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Hey, have you ever noticed that every single wine rack stores vino on its side? It’s not just a coincidence. If it has a cork in it, the golden rule of wine storage says you should stash it away horizontally.Here’s why: You want the wine to come into contact with the cork and prevent it from drying out. Otherwise, two things will happen…In the short term, little bits of cork will crumble into the wine when you open it (so annoying to fish out of your glass). Down the road, the cork will shrink and lead to oxidation—in other words, a completely undrinkable bottle.
Some newer dryers that Consumer Reports tested actually have sensors designed to alert you if their vents are blocked, but the magazine found that the appliances were really only useful for detecting full blockages, not the partial lint buildups that could still pose a fire risk, so you don't want to totally rely on those.
First, check out what your dryer vent setup is. Those familiar plastic or foil accordion-style dryer ducts were once ubiquitous, but now they're afire risk. The ridges in the hose are very effective at trapping hot air and lint, eventually blocking the air coming out of the dryer and potentially starting a fire. They can also sag and form kinks, leading to—you guessed it—more lint buildup. Replace it with a rigid metal duct instead. It'll certainly be cheaper than rebuilding your house.
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Learn the optimum freezing times for food quality.The internet is full of helpful guides that tell us how long our food will last in the freezer. Charts abound suggesting raw chicken breast will freeze up to nine months, while cheese only lasts up to six months.
Related: 14 Things That Should Never, Ever End Up in Your Dryer (Provided by: Reader's Digest)
Even if you have a metal duct, you'll still need to clean it out every few months, disconnecting the dryer from the power entirely and taking the vent out of the wall. Break out your vacuum and use the crevice attachment to clean out both ends of the duct. (You can also get a brush to do the job foron Amazon.) While you're back there, you should also check behind and underneath your dryer for loose lint, and clean that out as well.
Then, every six months or so, according to, you should give your lint screen a full wash, using liquid detergent and scrubbing it with a brush to remove residue buildup. If your dryer has automatic cycles, you may also want to wipe off the moisture sensors inside the drum, ensuring that the dryer doesn't keep working long after your clothes are dry.
Many infant sleep deaths could be prevented, CDC says
Many parents still risk their babies' lives as they put them to bed, a new report finds, contributing to 3,500 deaths each yearAnalyzing data from the states, the CDC found that parents continue to practice unsafe habits that have been associated with sleep-related infant deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). For instance:1 in 5 mothers says she places her baby to sleep on his or her side or stomach.2 in 5 leave loose bedding and soft objects in the baby's sleep area, most often bumper pads and thick blankets.3 in 5 sometimes share their bed with their baby.
Oh, and please don't stick yourclothes in the dryer.
While digging around behind your appliances and replacing vents may seem like a lot of work, that little extra effort can make your home much safer. While you're there, perhaps you want to get started on cleaning your
Related: How to Clean Your Dryer Vent (Provided by: CNET)
My House Made Me So Sick I Had to Move .
My multiple chemical sensitivities got so bad, I had to search for a new home. When I pulled into the driveway of the beachfront property, I was hopeful. After all, it was a long-term rental at a reasonable price. And did I mention the beachfront part? The apartment was actually a dune away from the water, but, still, an ocean breeze - just what the doctor ordered. Plus, during our call the landlord seemed relaxed, and a chill landlord is as rare as a reasonable seaside rental. I had hurriedly hung up the phone, jumped in my car, and headed east towards the Massachusetts coast.
How To Fix Dryer Lint Trap Problems (Removing Items That Have Fallen Into The Trap)
Have you ever had something fall down into the lint trap on your dryer? It`s happened to more folks than you think.....LoL, anyway this quick video should help you out by relieving your frustration...
Cleaning out a dryer with top lint cleanout
How to maintain your dryer to clean out excees lint that falls inside the dryer. This prevents fires, keeps your drying cycle times accurate, and will prolong the life of your dryer. Anybody...
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