This means you!!!

May 31st, 2007 · 16 comments

From Amy in Ocean Pines, Maryland, who explains: “I have had a problem with the people I live with (namely my husband and sister) who do not understand the concept that a dryer full of lint is a fire hazard [!!!]”

Clean the filter before starting dryer! I am sick of telling people!

FILED UNDER: exclamation-point happy!!!! · family · Maryland

16 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Joe Drinker

    So, Amy posted a P.A. note, and then submitted it herself? Ballsy.

    May 31, 2007 at 6:45 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   I Zimbra

    You go, Amy. I like that it doesn’t pretend to be nice.

    May 31, 2007 at 7:06 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   Z

    Before she lived with me, my current roommate called a dryer repairman complaining that her clothes “never seemed dry” even after multiple dry cycles.

    Turns out she’d never emptied the lint trap in THREE YEARS. She apparently had never done laundry in her life, and when she moved away from her nanny/housekeeper in the Hamptons and got to college way on the West Coast, she was a bit challenged domestically.

    May 31, 2007 at 10:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   silverneurotic

    I have the same problem with the people I work with. I don’t dare put up notes though, the last person that did that ended up getting in trouble.

    May 31, 2007 at 10:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   Alicia

    Uh, I thought you cleaned the lint out after you did a load of clothes? That way it’s all nice and clean for the next person…how I’ve done since I’ve been doing laundry since I was 10 and how we all do it here with a house of too many roommates.

    May 31, 2007 at 11:59 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   matineeidyll

    I have the exact same frickin’ problem with my current flatmate. When he does remember to clean the lint out, he leaves it on the floor. Thankfully, he’s moving in a month. [Insert happy dance here]

    Jun 1, 2007 at 3:25 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   Parker

    Isn’t it bad to be the note leaver? Why would people incriminate themselves on this site? I want to laugh at the notes but feel guilty that I’m apparently supposed to agree with them. Sure it’s dumb to not clean the lint filter, but leaving this note just makes *you* the moron. :-)

    Jun 1, 2007 at 10:13 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   joebec

    i can just picture how angry she was when she threw this bad boy together!

    Jun 1, 2007 at 12:04 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   teamcinnamon

    The word “FIRE” with a circle around it and an X through it is perfect.

    Jun 1, 2007 at 12:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   cutnstyl4u

    The FIRE will happen if you do not clean the lint filter after/before each use. It is VERY real, as it happened at my house when I was a child. My Mom was busy trying to do laundry and raise 4 girls while my Dad worked 16-18 hrs. 7 days a week. The one time that she forgot to clean the lint filter the dryer caught fire and destroyed our laundry room and did smoke damage to the entire house. The house was too damaged for us to live in for over a month but thank goodness it did not completely burn to the ground. LESSON LEARNED for me at a very young age!!! Always check the lint filter before use to make sure that it has been cleaned!!

    Jun 3, 2007 at 9:44 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   Kate

    My father was always the one to keep reminding us to clean the lint filter before laundry, EVERY time we would do laundry, for as long as I can remember even though we didn’t need his constant reminders. The thing is, while us stupid, grown kids were doing the smart thing and throwing lint away IN THE GARBAGE, he threw the lint BEHIND THE DRYER. And *shock* fire. The fire never got out of control and was put out quickly, so no harm done. I was quite amused.

    Jun 12, 2007 at 1:47 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   Caclark4

    My brother-in-law used to remind me EVERY time I used the dryer to remove the lint from the lint trap (even though I’m pretty good about that). He stopped doing that after I started leaving the lint on his pillow so he would know I remembered…and began charging him to babysit instead.

    Jun 16, 2007 at 11:49 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   anon

    huh, I never knew any of that.
    wish my mum had taught me that sort of stuff.

    Jun 26, 2007 at 5:26 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   tchotchotch

    Takes like 5 seconds to clean a lint dryer.  You gotta hate your roommate already to get mad about something like that.

    Oct 1, 2007 at 10:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   bobby

    But who is this directed to?

    Jul 14, 2008 at 1:02 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   LaughterRX bang

    First of all, I would like to thank my fellow commenters for sharing their life stories of the struggle of doing laundry and growing up as a child. It’s so sad you should sell it to Lifetime.

    Second, is it really that hard to check the dryer filter yourself? That way if the house DOES catch on fire, it’s not your fault!

    People cease to amaze me.

    Aug 12, 2008 at 11:10 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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