Top 4 Reasons Why You Should Clean Your Dryer Trap

It’s highly suggested that you clean your dryer lint trap after every use. It only takes a few seconds but it is still something we all tend to forget to do from time to time. Unfortunately, if this chore is continually ignored there could be some severe consequences to follow. Try to keep these following 4 reasons why to keep your dryer lint trap clean in mind the next time you take a nice warm fluffy load of laundry out of the dryer. 

1. Prevent Fires. 
Lack of dryer lint maintenance causes more than 15,00 fires each year! Dryers obviously run hot and dryer lint is extremely flammable, put the two together and you have a recipe for disaster. It’s a scary possibility so why not even go beyond just cleaning the lint off the screen and wash with soap water and rinse to remove any lingering lint and debris.

2. Prolong the Life Of Your Dryer. 
A clogged/full dryer lint trap will cause your drying time to run longer as the air flow is being restricted, causing your machine to work harder and less efficiently. This will slowly be shortening the life of your dryer. Nobody wants to have to replace an expensive appliance after a few short years of ownership.

3. Lower Energy Bills. 
Having a clean and clear dryer lint trap/vent will help keep the drying time of each load to a minimum. The benefits will show up on your next energy bill and you wont regret taking the few seconds to peel that thin layer of lint from the screen. Starting each load with a clean trap is a good rule to follow. 

4. Keep The Professionals Away. 
Having a professional come out to clear out a dryer vent can cost as much as a couple hundred dollars depending on the severity of the clog. Unfortunately, lint build up in your dryer vent duct is inevitable. Maintaining the lint at the source will lengthen the time in between the need to have the entire vent duct cleaned. 

It’s cleaned from the lint trap, now what? Rather then just tossing it in the garbage, how about recycling and reusing it. If your a DIY’er and would like some other ideas, here is just one of many links to find out ways to reuse dryer lint. 

Have A Unique Laundry Room?

Your laundry room is very unique in its own beautiful special way and don’t let anyone else ever tell you different. In all seriousness, most people could say that their laundry room is not identical to most people they know. So when it comes to adding something structurally in the laundry room, you want to make sure it will work with your particular set up,as some may have some obstacles to take into consideration. To help confirm if the Filtrol160 will work in your space we give general requirements needed for the installation. But with laundry set ups coming in all shapes and sizes we had to find a way to show all the different ways and places the Filtrol160 could be installed. 

Thankfully we have awesome customers that were kind enough to share photos of their Filtrol160 installations to further educate future customers on all the installation possibilities.

Whether your washing machine’s wastewater drains into a standpipe, wall box, wash tub or floor drain, as long as you have the space for installation, it can hook up to any of the mentioned plumbing configurations.

Below are just a handful of photos of customers installations: 

Think you may be interested? Quick read over the basic measurements and space requirements and see if the Filtrol160 would be a good fit for your laundry room.

-The Filtrol 160 Lint Filter is approximately 15” tall, from the top fitting to the bottom, 9″ wide and projects about 8″ from the wall You will NOT want to install the Filtrol 160™ under a low hanging cabinet. This could interfere with the removal of the filter for cleaning. You will need to have a minimum of 24 inches to be able to remove the canister from the wall mounted bracket, and still have proper drainage. If possible, the top of the Filtrol-160™ should not exceed 60 inches.

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Does My Washing Machine Have A Lint Trap?

It’s probably not the hot topic you and your friends were discussing the last time you had a night out. I don’t blame you, who wants to sit around and talk about lint traps at dinner, am I right? As boring and gross as it may seem, it’s something you may look for on your washing machine. 

Some people assume that if their dryer has a lint trap why would your washing machine need one? Others may think, if one washing machine has one, they all do, duh! Well unfortunately that’s not the case.

Most styles of washing machines do not have an interior lint trap, and for the ones that do, won’t even come close to snagging those tiny fibers that can cause environmental issues. I can only assume all of you are in agony not knowing if your washing machine has a lint trap or not. Read on to find out where to look for lint traps on your washing machine.

FIND THIS: The Owners Manual.This will be the easiest and quickest way to find out if your washing machine has a lint trap or not. You should be able to find information regarding the lint trap within the first few pages if not on the first. You could also research your model online or call the manufacture. 

CHECK HERE: That mysterious little door in the corner. On some washing machines models, in the front, there is a small door in the lower right corner. This is where, what they call, a Pump Filter will be located. Open door and unscrew the cap, pull out the cylinder shaped sleeve and empty. On some models may have this option located in the back behind the panel. 

FEEL THERE:Screen in the drum. Certain models have a removable screen filter located in the washing machines drum. To locate simply feel with your fingers along the top of the drum, if your machine has this lint trap you will run into it at this point, remove and clean off lint.

PULL THAT: Under the cap in agitator. Top loading washing machines may have a lint trap with in the agitator. If the cover of the agitator is removable there very well could be a lint trap inside. Pull the cap off and look into the cylinder, if there is a handle, pull out and filter should be attached. The filter can also be connected to the end of the removal cylinder. 

LOOK HERE: Inside the connection or hose.There should be a small metal screen at the fitting where the supply water hose connects.There could also be one at the end of the drain hose. 

So does your washing machine have a lint trap? If yes, awesome! Here’s the important question, How much is that lint trap really catching? Most lint traps on washing machines are meant to catch bigger materials and not so much the little ones. To ensure you are catching as much as possible an additional lint filter is strongly suggested, you may want to look into our Filtrol160 , an exterior lint filter that hooks up to most models of residential size washing machines. Let ours catch the lint theirs doesn’t. 

Happy Filtering Friends! 

Plastic on Your Plate (and in your beer)

Microfiber pollution, one that we are hearing a lot about but not one that we are seeing a lot of good solutions for, is making its way from our laundry baskets and into the food we eat and water (and beer) we drink.

According to this article from Wisconsin Public Radio, beers brewed with water from the Great Lakes were discovered to have micro plastics in them. In all, 12 beers from breweries around the Great Lakes were considered contaminated by plastic.

Micro-plastic pollution is becoming a universal issue. It’s not about under-developed countries or poverty or geography. In fact, of 159 water samples taken from around the globe, 81% of them contained micro-plastics. That means that microfibers do not discriminate. They’re getting washed down our drains from laundry and ending up everywhere. They’re in the water we drink and the water that our food drinks. They’re in the fields our crops (and our hops) are growing in. Plastics, in microscopic form, are everywhere.

To find the right solution for this giant micro-plastic problem, we have to look at its source. It’s happening from the billions of plastic bottles being used worldwide each year. It’s happening in our homes with the flushing of wastewater from our laundry tubs. It’s happening because we are repurposing plastic bottles, and because we’re ignoring it.

If each home, each manufacturing company, and each individual took seriously the problem and the opportunities to stop microfiber pollution in its tracks, we could start seeing a real change. Filtrol exists to stop microfiber pollution before it enters our ecosystem. It’s a laundry wastewater filter that can block up to 90% of the pollutants from ever entering our water.

To learn more, and to do your part, click here.

Microfibers in our Drinking Water

Is there plastic in my water? 

At Filtrol, we often say that recycling isn’t solving the plastic pollution problem; it’s simply changing it. When you consider that the 50 billion plastic bottles that are recycled each year are converted into the micro-plastics that make up polyester, it becomes clear that we’re not removing plastic from the environment when we throw our water bottles into the recycle bin. We’re repurposing it. We’re giving it a new form for a different use, but the synthetic materials that once made up our bottled water containers are still in our environment, only in smaller, harder to detect and easier to consume forms.

Here’s what micro-plastics mean for our drinking water:

The microfiber pollution that gets washed from our washing machines and into our rivers, streams, and waterways eventually makes its way through our city water treatment plants and back into our homes, running through our water taps and into our drinking glasses. Unfortunately, the filtration process at most city treatment facilities is only equipped to remove major toxins and large particles. They do not remove the majority of micro pollutants that are washed away through our laundry.

Some homes are outfitted with water filtration systems that are custom-engineered for their specific water. For instance, if your home has a reverse osmosis filtration system that you maintain regularly, it is equipped to properly treat your water. Reverse Osmosis systems can filter out micro plastics because they filter down to .001 microns. This basically means they filter out contaminants that are not visible to the human eye. While they are costly to maintain, they do a good job of protecting you from consuming the plastics that would be present if you drank straight from your tap. For those with portable filters like a Brita filter, you are not being protected from these plastics.

The Summary About Microfibers in Your Drinking Water 

Aside from costly solutions installed in your home, you aren’t going to effectively remove the plastic microfibers from your drinking water. And that’s just for the drinking water and doesn’t address the plastics found in our food.

This is why it’s important that we begin to move toward a bigger solution…one that stops plastic pollutants from ever entering our ecosystem, running through our treatment facilities, and back into our homes.

To see what Filtrol is doing to stop microfiber pollution before it contaminates our ecosystem, follow us on Facebook, read more from our blog, and find out more about our washing machine wastewater filter. To solve the problem in your home and put a stop to your family’s contribution to microfiber pollution, click here.

How Recycling is Killing Our Environment

If you recycle, you care about nature. If you don’t recycle, you don’t care.

The problem with this argument is that it assumes that recycling is universally good for our environment. We’ve been led to believe that recycling is always good all the time. In fact, implying that recycling has its drawbacks would probably make some environmentally-minded groups upset.

But there’s a bigger perspective. 

Recycling is not removing plastic from our eco-system. It’s repurposing it.

Recycling makes use of the plastic that’s already there in practical, usable ways. The process finds ways to convert otherwise useless waste into something worthwhile. When it comes to plastic, the process takes large, manageable waste and converts it to microscopic, unmanageable—almost undetectable— micro particles. Whereas water bottles can be picked up and thrown into a garbage bin, micro-plastics often find ways through water treatment processes and back into nature with minimal interference. They pollute our drain fields, our streams and rivers, our lakes and oceans, and our food.

Recycling is turning a big plastic problem into an even bigger, microscopic plastic problem.

Obviously the problem isn’t actually with recycling, but with plastic. And plastic isn’t going away. The recycling solutions that have been created to deal with plastic are simply making the best of the problem. And the problems that recycling is creating aren’t going away either. 

Just like plastic, the problems must be addressed if we’re going to protect our water, our food, our families, and our eco-system.

Click here to see how Filtrol is stopping microfiber pollution at its source.

Microfiber Pollution: What is it?

Some people have heard of it. But not everyone. It’s still a relatively unknown problem while its effects are becoming increasingly visible. Governments are beginning to hear about it from concerned citizens and some state and local governments are beginning to monitor it. Environmental groups are beginning to educate on it. Eco-friendly companies are beginning to address it. Some are trying to find solutions. Some aren’t quite aware that we need one. 

Microfiber Pollution.

In short, microfiber pollution is a term that refers to microscopic particles of plastic that get washed from our homes and into our streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans. They never break down and end up in our drinking water and food.

Microfiber pollutants enter our ecosystem through the recycling process.

About 47 billion plastic bottles get recycled each year around the globe. Those recycled bottles become the manufacturing building blocks for many common items found in our homes…many items that are in our own closets. Synthetic fibers like polyester and nylon are made of recycled plastic bottles. Fleeces. Sweatshirts and T-shirts. Denim. Sleeping bags. Winter coats. These, among other household items, all use the materials manufactured directly from the recycling of plastic bottles.

While it’s environmentally conscious on one hand to make good use of the waste that these synthetic materials are causing, it should not be ignored that there are side effects…setbacks to our innovations.

Just as plastic water bottles do not leave our ecosystem on their own, neither do the microscopic versions of them.

When bottles are recycled, they are shredded into tiny particles and eventually woven into threads for various synthetic fibers.They no longer exist in the form of the water bottle, but their materials don’t go away.

So when a load of laundry is cleaned, wastewater gets flushed from the machine and through the home’s drainage. It moves to a city’s water treatment plant before it is reintroduced into our environment. Hundreds of thousands of particles, contaminants to our eco-system, leave our homes with each wash, and their minuscule size allows them eventually pass right through the treatment process—without being filtered out. They end up back in our drain fields and waterways, entering the fish and game we eat and the water we drink.

Microfiber pollution. It’s microscopic in size but poses a tremendous threat. It is substituting healthy water for contaminated, plastic-soaked water. It’s in our food. It’s in our homes. It’s in our water. And that’s all because it’s in our clothes.

To find out more about what Filtrol is doing to stop microfiber pollution before it ever leaves your home, watch this video.

Your Plastic Wardrobe…and its effect on the world around us

Recycling – Making Use of Wasted According to this July 2017 article from Forbes Magazine, globally we buy 1 million plastic bottles per minute. That’s 524 billion a year. We recycle a dismal 9% of those. The plastic bottles that do end up getting recycled become the raw material for many of our common everyday items; items like synthetic fabrics, storage containers, and more plastic bottles. Most commonly, fleeces, sweaters, t-shirts, some types of denim, and even insulation for sleeping bags and jackets are made from these micro plastics. Plastic bottles, when recycled, have a practical and useful purpose.

But that’s not the whole story with recycling.

About 60% of each of our wardrobes are made of synthetic, plastic-based fibers like polyester or nylon. With each wash, the fabrics made from these synthetic materials shed thousands of particles into waste water. These particles, microscopic in size, wash through our homes’ drainage systems, past our cities’ water treatment systems, and into our streams, lakes, and oceans. Eventually they end up right back in our homes, in our drinking water and food. They do not break down no matter how much time passes or how microscopic they become.

And that is an often untold part of the story of recycling. With so much of the emphasis over the past decade being upon recycling, very little conversation has happened about the problems with the materials being recycled. While the plastic bottles that do get recycled are getting reused, they aren’t going away. The recycling process takes them from being large plastic bottles to microscopic particles in our ecosystem; problems persist because the materials are synthetic.

The plastic in our wardrobes is becoming the plastic in our ecosystem. And it’s time to stop it from ever leaving our homes.

Where Does Microfiber Pollution Come From?

In the 1940’s, a Dupont engineer came up with a new product called nylon. The new miracle product was a huge advancement at the time. Starting in the 1950’s, fabrics made from synthetic materials (plastic) became commonplace. Women stood in lines to get their hands on a pair of nylons which were much cheaper than their silk counterparts. Several other types of plastic synthetic fibers were developed to take advantage of these low cost, high performance materials. They include acrylic, polyester, rayon, and spandex.

As the popularity of these fabrics grew they have slowly taken over as the material of choice for new textiles. As you can see in the chart below, textile production has grown rapidly since the 1960’s and synthetic production is now outpacing natural fibers.

Chart referenced from Ecotextiles Paper

Starting in 2011, a groundbreaking study conducted by Mark Anthony Browne found tiny fibers in waterways and beach sand. Since then, hundreds of researchers have begun to study this new pollutant.

The consensus in the findings of these reports is that almost all of our waterways have some level of micro-plastics in them, most of which are fibers. They are tracing much of the pollution back to our clothing and other textile sources. Some fibers are airborne when entering the environment. But many come from our washing machines, since wastewater treatment plants cannot remove them all.

Check out our website to learn more about microfiber pollution and what you can do about it.

Filtrol 160 vs. Cora Ball

Filtrol 160 vs. Cora Ball

With all the recent research coming out about microfiber pollution from our clothing, you may be aware of the impact that these tiny pollutants have on our environment.Choosing an in-home solution to combat the microfiber pollution issue is challenging to navigate because so much is unknown about the issue. In an effort to learn more about the options available, we recently conducted an internal review of our product, the Filtrol 160, and several of the other options consumers can use in their homes. The Cora ball is one of the products that we tested. To be fair, this is not a washing machine filter but a small fiber catching ball that you throw in your washing machine. So while it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison, we wanted to measure effectiveness.

Testing protocol

We washed 10 loads of typical household laundry to emulate a normal household. The Cora Ball was placed in each load of laundry and we ran the washing machine discharge into our Filtrol. The filter media in the Filtrol was weighed before and after, and the Cora Ball was as well.

Testing results

After completing 10 loads of laundry the Filtrol 160 caught about 24 grams of material, and the Cora Ball caught less than 0.1 gram. 

The Cora Ball seems to work really well for catching hair, but the tentacles on the ball do not seem small enough to catch tiny microfibers which are typically smaller than a human hair.The hair seemed to catch fibers well, once there was enough build up.

Our Recommendation

Our recommendation is this: if you use the Cora Ball, do not clean it very often so the hair and other fibers work to catch more fibers.

The Filtrol 160 catches a very high percentage of fibers in your laundry along with other contaminates such as hair, glitter, and organics.With its 100-micron filter bag, you can know you are doing your part to reduce microfiber pollution.

If you want to see more on this, we filmed the test so you can see it on our YouTube Channel.