Sometimes when my husband buys “tools,” I laugh at him. Sometimes I am right, they are silly like the avocado slicer (seriously, a knife and spoon do the same thing!). Other times I eat my words, like with the Lint Lizard.
When a package arrived containing the Lint Lizard, I thought it was a total waste of money (even though he paid less than $10 for it). There is already a hose on our vacuum, who needs this thing?
Umm we do.
Let me tell you why women – or men who regularly do laundry – should be the ones to actually design a laundry room. Our laundry vent was apparently designed by someone who never did a load of laundry, and also apparently misunderstood the laws of gravity. In order for the lint to leave my house, it must first travel at a 90 degree angle out of my dryer to the whole in the wall (via tube). Next it must make an immediate 90 degree turn STRAIGHT UP into the attic, where it is forced to do another 90 degree turn before leaving my house.
Lint is not that smart. It gets stuck, regularly. And when lint gets stuck, the dryer stops drying as well, not to mention it is a fire hazard.
This weekend, my husband discovered a growing puddle under the dryer (not the washer) after several loads of laundry. When he inspected things, he found the lint tube so jammed up with lint that it was actually pooling moister from the dryer.
He found this lovely ball of lint jamming up the duct work after the first 90 degree angle. (And yes, I am the blogger that saved the lint ball until I could take a picture of it in the daylight.)
This is not the first time it happened, but last time — we hired someone to unclog the ducts. This time, hubby was ready to do it himself.
After manually removing the giant blockage. He got out his Lint Lizard, hooked it up to the Dyson and went to town.
He filled our Dyson with more yucky lint.
And guess what, now my dryer works better again. Imagine that!
During this large-scale lint incident, my husband was working directly in the vent – not the dryer. So he actually had the Lint Lizard up in the wall as far as he could. But once he was done, he showed me how I could use the Lint Lizard to suck the lint out of the dryer itself. And there was a lot of lint there too.
In order to avoid the big clean (brought on by a puddle), I am going to add the Lint Lizard to my monthly washer dryer maintenance.
It has been two years since our last major vent cleaning, maybe with the Lint Lizard we won’t have to do it again for even longer.
When was the last time you cleaned our your dryer vent? Do you think this ball of yuck could be looming inside your walls (ewwww!)?
Note: The Lint Lizard is advertised as 43 inches long, but that includes the green part that goes over the hose on your vacuum. So it isn’t an extra 43 inches of reach, but it is a good two feet longer than my vacuum could reach.