How to Remove Melted Plastic From the Dryer

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Things You'll Need

  • Wooden or plastic spatula or paint scraper

  • 1 to 2 tsp. nail polish remover

  • Clean cloths

  • 1 tsp. liquid laundry soap

  • 1 cup water

  • Bowl


Nail polish remover is highly flammable. Open the dryer door and air it out for 24 hours before operating to reduce the risk of fire.

Wipe dryers with a damp cloth to clean their enamel surface.
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A plastic coated bib or zip top bag gone astray probably won't melt in a dryer unless you're using the high heat setting, but if it does, it won't cause serious damage. Today's dryers are painted with a synthetic enamel coating that holds up well to heat and wear. However, harsh abrasives or acidic cleaners may etch or scratch the surface, causing more damage than the melted plastic.


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Step 1

Run the dryer on a regular setting for 20 minutes to soften the plastic. Scrape the plastic off with a wooden or plastic spatula or paint scraper, taking care not to damage the dryer's interior.

Step 2

Apply 1 to 2 tsp. nail polish remover to a clean cloth, and rub the plastic to dissolve it. Rub the area with a damp cloth to rinse the nail polish remover.

Step 3

Mix 1 tsp. liquid laundry soap with 1 cup water. Dip a clean cloth in this solution, and rub the area again. Rinse well with a cloth dipped in clean water.