OBC – May 8, 2017 – Dryer Lint

Welcome to the first installment of the One Boob Chronicle, or OBC.

On my list of things to do today, clean out the dryer lint.  Not just in the pull out screen but deep in the machine itself.

When was the last time you checked your dryer?  We rely on that appliance a lot!  Only in rural areas are outdoor clothes lines allowed.  City and urban developments have Home Owner Associations with rules pertaining to clothes lines.  Even where we live, in a mobile home park, lines are a huge NO NO.

When Joe and I got married in 1990 we blended two families.  Where there was once only my daughter and I, laundry was not a huge issue – once a week was enough.  Marrying into a family with three other children and a husband – there was Mount Washmore happening.  Laundry piled up in giant stacks.  Being a stay at home mom I found it difficult to keep up with the amount of clothes and towels, let alone all the bed linen.  The LAST THING that was on my mind was the dryer lint building up in that machine.

Families of today are busy.  School age children being hustled from one event to another after school and late into the evening.  Dance classes and recitals, soccer, football, basketball, baseball practices and games.  Who can keep up with the mounds of daily laundry and the sports uniforms?

Built up dryer lint is not only a fire hazard, it takes longer for the clothes to dry.  Many house fires are attributed to a dryer.  That lint is so combustible, all that is necessary are several static electric sparks to ignite it.

May 8, 2017

May 8, 2017

I have a set of tools that were purchased, over 10 years ago, from the Flylady site.  I just checked her shopping section and it does not include this set of tools any longer.  An online search indicated Amazon and several other sellers have this or something similar.

Dryer lint cleaning kit

Dryer lint cleaning kit

The cone type brush I use in my normal lint clean out area.  Or the place that holds my dryer lint screen.

Dryer lint brush

Dryer lint brush

I made a big mess using that brush, but I did get quite a bit out.  Next, I used the long and strange hose fixture.  This hose is meant for use on the lint filter, the long one, on the top of the dryer.  Works in this little space as well.

Dryer cleaning hose

Dryer cleaning hose

I went outside to open the vent to use the round brush on, but I don’t have the right doo-wop-it, thingy to unscrew the vent from the side of my  house.  That will have to wait until Joe gets home.  He has the right tool….I just don’t know where it is or I would have used it.  😀

Outside dryer vent

Outside dryer vent

I didn’t have much lint to clean out from the machine itself.  That is the main reason why I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my front loading washer.

Cleaned out dryer lint

Cleaned out dryer lint

It may be a different story when I get Joe to remove the outside vent cover!

So, for today, I have been able to check off nearly all my To-Do boxes.  Had my Radiation Treatment, went to the gym and did my 45 minutes on the treadmill, got the dryer lint cleaned out, had lunch at 1:30…..took my nap at 2:00 pm and didn’t get up until Joe called me at 5:47 p.m.

When I started going to the gym (on April 14th) that 45 minutes resulted in walking about half a mile using the “Heart Rate” feature.  For my weight and age the machine indicates a heart rate of 110 during the actual 35 minutes of exercise.  I have a five minute warm up and a five minute cool down.  Yesterday I did 1.3 miles with a heart rate of 112 average.  I’m getting stronger.  Not losing any weight but I’m physically getting stronger.

I know what my physical capabilities are right now.  ALMOST NOTHING!  Because of that I don’t make a long list of things that have to be done on any particular day.  Especially things that require a lot of physical activity.  Moving that dryer around to get underneath it and behind it to sweep up, then getting the small room’s floor swept and mopped, nearly did me in.

What is on your To-Do List?  Do  you get frustrated when all the boxes aren’t checked or lines drawn through the completed tasks?  CELEBRATE THE ITEMS YOU DO GET CHECKED OFF!  Be kind to yourself and do what you can.  Do a Happy Dance when you can check an item off, or draw a line through it.

Take care of yourself.  Leslie