Filtering laundry lint

One of the biggest problems that you will have with your laundry appliances is filtering out laundry lint, especially if you have a septic system instead of a public sewer connection.  Even though your washer and dryer have ways of filtering lint, you still need to keep a close eye on them to make sure that cloth fibers aren’t building up in your septic system’s drain field and preventing liquid from being absorbed into the soil.

If your dryer already has a lint filter, you won’t have as much to worry about. Find where the lint filter is located on your dryer, and clean it out every time you dry a load of laundry. If you don’t have a reliable lint filter, it’s easy to install one. The best option for most washers and dryers is an enclosed mesh filter that will catch over 90 percent of your laundry lint. If you place a lint filter on your washing machine discharge hose, it can be a little pricey to purchase one, but it will add years to the life of your drain field if you have an on-site septic system at your home (instead of a public sewer connection).

Actually, you can add an additional lint filter on both your dryer and washer.  To install the filter, you first need to locate your washer or dryer discharge pipe. Slip the filter where it needs to go according to its instructions, and attach the discharge hoses or ducts to the filter container. Empty the reusable filter bag when it is half-full to make sure that it is always working properly. Replacing the filter itself can also get expensive, so invest in a high-quality filter to ensure that it won’t need to be replaced for some time.

As with most appliance accessories, some filters may work better with your washing and drying machines than others. If you’re unsure what filters will work best for your laundry appliances, check with the manufacturer to decide the best course of action.

Read more about lint filters and traps here.