These $10 Brushes Make Cleaning the Lint Trap 'One of the Most Satisfying Experiences,' According to Shoppers
What's your least favorite chore? If you have a daily or weekly to-do that you'd much rather avoid than check off your list, it's safe to say you're not alone. But there are ways to make the things you look forward to doing at least slightly more bearable. So if you're someone who lets the laundry pile up because you find washing, drying, and folding—and cleaning out the lint trap—takes too much time, these dryer lint brushes can speed up the process a little. Even better, a pack of two is on sale for $10, making them just $5 apiece.
You probably already know that each time you unload your laundry from your dryer, you should clean out the lint trap. Doing so doesn't take long, but as Laura Johnson, consumer analyst, research and development at LG Electronics, previously told Real Simple, the simple task has quite a few benefits, including preventing potential fire hazards and avoiding spikes in your energy bill (and from my own personal experience, I know a full lint trap can cause your dryer to require multiple cycles to dry your clothes, too). But even if you remove the lint from the screen after each dry cycle, there could still be more lint left over inside the trap. That's where tools come in handy, and Amazon shoppers say the two brushes included in the Holikme Dryer Vent Cleaning Kit get the job done.
To buy: $10 (was $15); amazon.com.
Each brush is 29 inches long, with a wooden handle, a stainless steel shaft, and a 13.3-inch long brush head with thick bristles (1.8 inches in diameter) to swipe throughout your lint vent. The shaft is super flexible, so the brushes can easily bend to reach every nook and cranny. Plus, you can also use them to clean out the dryer's exhaust vent; however, you will want to make sure your dryer is unplugged and away from the wall to safely complete this step.
One five-star reviewer wrote that "everyone who owns a dryer should have these; they're basic safety equipment," echoing the point that using them can prevent fires and maintain the appliance's efficiency. And other shoppers who've used the brushes can't get over the results. "I was fascinated and disgusted all at once when I saw the actual lint that the lint trap missed," said a shopper, while another shared, "[Using] this set was one of the most satisfying experiences of my life."
In case you're curious about cleaning the lint brushes themselves, another shopper said you don't have to worry: "It pulls everything out and then brushes right off, no problem." Just make sure you have a trash can nearby to dispose of the debris.
By regularly removing the lint from your dryer's lint trap with this $5 tool, you can speed your laundry process up by keeping your dryer in tip-top condition. But, be warned: With time saved, laundry might just turn into a chore you actually enjoy doing a little more.