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My new dryer has a large lint filter on the top. When I remove it, lint and dust fall off the filter onto the top of the dryer, and the dust floats off into the air as well.

In the second picture below, you can see the black dust on top of the dryer.

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How can I remove the lint trap cleanly? Please no solutions that involve cleaning up the dust afterwards. I refuse to believe dryers of this type were designed so badly that they always make a mess.

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Several things come to mind.

Put something under the filter to catch the falling dust, a piece of cloth will do, as will a sheet of paper like a part of a page of a news paper.

Have your vacuum cleaner running with its tube as its soft or hard tubular end and hold the end next to or under the filter when you lift it out. If you can not do it at the same time you can use the vacuum afterwards to clean off the dust without it going all over.

And an other option might be to clean your dust catcher less often, (read instructions on your dryer before you try this) as the longer period will give a thicker dust layer on the filter, which does not fall apart so readily.

  • Upvote, but I'm frustrated thinking that the dryer company requires customers to use another "tool" (cloth, paper, vacuum) to avoid making a mess with their product. – BrettFromLA Dec 31 '18 at 15:42
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    I particularly agree with the last paragraph. When I empty the filter of my dryer, it contains what can only be described as a "mat" of matted fibres. It probably has all sorts of dust and debris embedded within it - but hardly any mess is caused when removing it from the filter. – Lefty Jan 7 at 14:04

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