Emptying the lint trap at the laundromat has never really bothered me, personally. At least one person in Denver, however, seems to mind a whole lot.
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I have to say, I agree with this one (although I never would leave such a vitriolic note!) Lint, albeit clean lint, is gross, not to mention a fire hazard!
Apr 8, 2013 at 6:37 pm rating: 18
Love the gaffers tape
Apr 8, 2013 at 6:53 pm rating: 2
It’s black duct tape. Gaff tape doesn’t shine.
I have never experienced “dirty lint.”
I just take it out whenever I use a dryer because it makes the dryer run better.
When I was a child I dreamed of finding a use for dryer lint. I thought it would make nice felt hats.
Apr 8, 2013 at 7:52 pm rating: 18
Nick, Mallory’s boyfriend on Family Ties made clothes out of dryer lint.
Apr 8, 2013 at 8:35 pm rating: 6
It make excellent firestarter on camping trips.
Apr 8, 2013 at 9:02 pm rating: 6
I remember years ago seeing on some show a woman who recreated famous paintings using dryer lint.
I’ve also seen people make paper out of it as well as things like shredded blue jeans.
Apr 8, 2013 at 10:13 pm rating: 2
People make shredded blue jeans out of dryer lint?
Apr 10, 2013 at 12:39 am rating: 6
When I was a young pup (so we’re talking early 80s… sigh….) my best friend’s dad was a big deal artist and he made his “canvases” mostly out of dryer lint. Always thought that was pretty cool. Took a week to make them and about eleventy steps, though.
Apr 11, 2013 at 10:52 am rating: 2
Chuck Norris threats are so 2009. You really want to scare people? Threaten to sic Betty White on them.
Apr 8, 2013 at 7:05 pm rating: 24
She’d totally cut a bitch, and HAS!
Apr 11, 2013 at 10:54 am rating: 2
Have you seen her new show, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”? She has a whole gang now!
Apr 11, 2013 at 1:47 pm rating: 0
Really? We’re going to get all up our own asses about dryer lint now?
Apr 8, 2013 at 7:22 pm rating: 7
It could be belly button lint instead.
Apr 8, 2013 at 7:58 pm rating: 2
Uh………….it’s just a lint trap………..relax.
Apr 8, 2013 at 7:47 pm rating: 1
Uh, this is passiveagressivenotes.com. You’re not really surprised to see out-of-proportion responses here, are you?
I sympathize with the notewriter, nonetheless. It’s a courtesy thing.
Apr 11, 2013 at 7:44 pm rating: 2
Out-of-proportion responses do occur often around here, in the comments as well as the posts.
Apr 11, 2013 at 11:14 pm rating: 1
The lint trap on my drier says to clean BEFORE each use.
Apr 8, 2013 at 7:52 pm rating: 41
This evidence has turned many lint trap based conflicts in my favor.
Apr 30, 2013 at 9:14 am rating: 2
In my apartment complex laundry room, I see leaving lint as a public service, actually. You see, it’s kind of a roll of the dice as to whether the dryers actually work, and it’s never the same ones that are busted. However, if I see a full lint trap I take it as a sign that the dryer actually works. I don’t use ones that have clean lint traps if I can help it. It’s worth saving my $1.25 and an hour to clean out someone else’s lint.
Apr 8, 2013 at 7:52 pm rating: 36
You may be brilliant.
Apr 11, 2013 at 10:56 am rating: 3
Is this a wild boar drying station? Are they spinning bat feces dry here? Did aliens land and dry out there poisonous treckle bear clothing?
What the hell? Do you folks live in a bubble?…
Apr 8, 2013 at 7:58 pm rating: 18
Apr 8, 2013 at 8:41 pm rating: 0
I always empty the lint trap when I’m done with the dryer (now and when I used coin-operated ones.) I also checked beforehand (even with my own dryer when it’s just me) because the dryer is more efficient with no lint in the trap.
Apr 8, 2013 at 8:07 pm rating: 2
I thought Chuck Norris was a tough guy. Never would’ve imagined he was such a puss about dryer lint.
Apr 8, 2013 at 8:53 pm rating: 13
Am I the only one who thinks pulling out the lint is kind of fun? Am I that weird?
Apr 8, 2013 at 9:10 pm rating: 60
Nope, I like it. It’s just… satisfying, on some level. Scoooop.
Apr 9, 2013 at 11:46 pm rating: 11
Same here. Also, I just love seeing how big a piece of skin I can peel off when I have a bad sunburn.
Apr 10, 2013 at 4:17 pm rating: 5
I get a little disappointed if it’s already been done. If there’s anything remotely fun about doing laundry, this is it.
Apr 10, 2013 at 6:39 pm rating: 4
I completely agree. My husband gets upset because I leave it so long, but pulling out that lint trap and scooping up a huge roll of lint just makes it all worthwhile!
Apr 15, 2013 at 3:04 pm rating: 1
I think the lint trap thing is a bit anal retentive. It never bothered me one way or another. The only way to get around it is to get a place with a washer/dryer.
Apr 8, 2013 at 10:03 pm rating: 3
As much as I disagree that what’s in the lint trap is ‘nasty’, the main reason I’m not on team notewriter is because they used a Chuck Norris meme. What is this, 2009?
Apr 9, 2013 at 11:51 pm rating: 3
My mom taught me to clean it BEFORE putting anything into the dryer. Probably to make sure it was actually clean before use and because that’s the instructions written on most dryers; “Clean before each use”.
I’ve lived with a few AFTER people and always pointed out the “Clean BEFORE each use” instructions on the dryer.
They never liked being corrected.
Apr 10, 2013 at 12:34 am rating: 7
Can’t see where it matters, so long as the thing is cleaned between loads.
Apr 10, 2013 at 7:40 am rating: 8
I think that’s only there to ensure that it does get clean in case the last person who used the dryer didn’t do it. I do both (see above reply to #11).
Apr 10, 2013 at 6:43 pm rating: 2
I do both: I check before, and clean after. Of course, there are only three people in our house, so there’s not much of a buildup, but every little bit helps.
Apr 10, 2013 at 8:04 am rating: 2
This time of year we put it outside for the birds to use in building their nests. The 4yo provides daily “lint reports” on which piles are gone and which aren’t.
Apr 10, 2013 at 9:11 am rating: 7
No, please don’t do this. Bird experts say to NOT do this. The lint is mostly cotton, which when damp, holds moisture and can grow mold, which can be quite harmful to birds, especially baby birds.
Apr 10, 2013 at 4:19 pm rating: 5
Perhaps I’m mistaken, but isn’t part of the concept of running the laundry through the washer BEFORE putting in in the dryer is to REMOVE dead skin cells and pet hair?
Apr 10, 2013 at 12:50 pm rating: 11
I always thought the smart thing to do was to clean the lint trap *before* each load. Because you can’t count on people to empty it afterwards. I think the idea that “not cleaning the lint trap after each use is rude” is contrived.
Apr 10, 2013 at 2:26 pm rating: 3
Oh, and I think the reason for cleaning the lint before (or between) each use has to do with it being a fire hazard. Probably also helps with efficiency, but mostly I’ve heard about the fire hazards.
Apr 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm rating: 3
Leaving your lint in the dryer is gross, but really, a simple “please clean out the lint trap when you are done with the dryer” would have gotten the message across just fine, I think.
Apr 10, 2013 at 5:54 pm rating: 2
My dryer died while I was in between jobs, so I had to use the local laundromat for a few weeks. (I washed the clothes at home and only took them in to dry. Using their washers often left my clothes dirtier than they went in…)
I tried to clean the dryer lint trap first, but found they have to be unlocked by an employee, who only came it at closing time, to lock the doors. What do they think, that somebody will steal the lint screen???
Apr 10, 2013 at 6:18 pm rating: 3
Sadly yes junkies steal them to cut up and use the screen in crack pipes
Apr 12, 2013 at 11:10 am rating: 1
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