How To Get Rid of Dryer Stains

Before starting the cleaning process for your dryer, make sure to unplug the power cord!

  • Solution #1: Ink-based stains: Ink is a common culprit for dryer stains – but don’t panic. Using rubbing alcohol to wipe away the stains. Remove any remaining residue with a damp cloth and leave the dryer door open to let the fumes dissipate.
  • Solution #2: Sticky-based stains: Get the dryer to do the work for you. Set the dryer to a medium setting and run the machine for five minutes. Then, wipe out the dryer with a rag or towel. The heat and the rags will help melt off and remove items such as forgotten crayons. Are your appliances stacked? Use a stepladder for better access to the dryer.
  • The final test: Got the stains out? Don't just call it a day. Whether it's gum, an ink stain or permanent marker, run a cycle with damp towels or rags to get rid of any residue and keep remnants from transferring to your favorite shirt. You can wipe down the drum with rubbing alcohol to ensure extra cleaning, but make sure to leave the door open for an hour before operating.