OAKLAND — Have you noticed that your dryer isn’t working as well as it used to? Is it taking longer to dry your clothes? Is your dried laundry full of loose lint? Believe it or not, these issues can all stem from a clogged lint filter.

When a dryer’s lint filter isn’t cleaned between loads, it can inhibit operating efficiency and result in longer drying times. Plus, when the filter is full, it can’t properly capture lint, which will instead end up all over your freshly dried clothes.

What’s more, cleaning your lint filter is an important safety measure. Every year, thousands of house fires are caused by dryers, and a good number of these result from clogged lint filters. So, don’t let this happen to you—clean your dryer’s lint filter after each load.