Things You'll Need
Wooden or plastic spatula or paint scraper
1 to 2 tsp. nail polish remover
1 tsp. liquid laundry soap
1 cup water
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Michigan State University Extension: Removing Plastic Film From Small Appliances
- Michigan State University Extension: Iron -- Care and Cleaning
- Michigan State University Extension: Dryer Cleaning
- Michigan State University Extension: Synthetic Enamel Care and Cleaning
- Michigan State University Extension: Dryer Care
Julie Christensen is a food writer, caterer, and mom-chef. She's the creator of MarmaladeMom.org, dedicated to family fun and delicious food, and released a book titled "More Than Pot Roast: Fast, Fresh Slow Cooker Recipes."