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There’s a dirty little secret lurking in your clothes dryer. For years I’ve heard safety experts talk about cleaning your dryer to prevent fires. And for years I thought, “What a load!” and “Who has time for that?” and “That won’t happen to me!”

Until one day I noticed my dryer wasn’t performing particularly well. It was about 11 years old. And I began to wonder whether there was anything to this cleaning out the dryer for better performance thing I’d been hearing about. I Googled about it and everything came back with, “Clean your dryer!”

So then I got on YouTube and searched for my brand and style of dryer and lo and behold found a wonderful Hispanic man speaking in English showing how to clean out my particular dryer. His accent was fabulous! And his style was fun so one morning I sat about cleaning my dryer. Did I mention it had been 11 years? It was frightening. I wish I had taken pictures. There were literally bricks of compressed lint built up in the thing.

Fast forward a few more years down the road and said dryer gave up the ghost. Right in the middle of a load of sheets. And a mere two weeks after I had cleaned the machine and the exhaust system out. Hmmmph!

Somehow I managed to score a new-to-me, used dryer for the most reasonable price ever (free). Then one morning I went to work and when I arrived home it was installed and all my sheets were dry. Gotta love your neighbors!

So because I now know what dryers can look like on the inside and I didn’t have any maintenance history on this thing, I decided I should probably clean it. This time I took pictures and I wanted to show you why it’s important to clean out your dryer.

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This is what I found when I got the front panel off. Notice the “mice” made out of lint and the whispy nature of the wiring. Something else that was immediately apparent is that a lot of the foam seals had lost their adhesive and were hanging or just disintegrating. These are important to fix or replace because the seals keep the lint in the exhaust system and not in the interior of the dryer with the electrical parts. Aka, fire hazard!
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There were rafts of lint in the corners and standing on top of flat surfaces and all the electrical and motorized parts were covered in lint.
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The exhaust trap was caked with hardened lint on the inside and covered in dust and lint on the outside.
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And possibly the scariest part of all was this turbine thingamajig that I pulled this pile of lint out of. The good news is that with a vacuum, a little flexibility, elbow grease, and time this easy household task was accomplished and now I don’t feel like I have to stand over the dryer with a fire extinguisher every time I turn it on.

I’m not even going to address the bacterial potential for what goes on in the innards of a dryer. Just know that you really don’t want to leave wet clothes hanging out in your dryer. Trust me. Really, trust me on that. And over dry everything just a tad.

Since I do so much laundry, three to four loads per day just in sheets, I clean my dryer out every three months. I’m not sure what is recommended for a normal household, but I will tell you that 11 years was way, way too long. We were lucky. So if you haven’t lately (or ever), make time to clean out your dryer!

Sharon Bryant Harvest Moon Massage Therapy is Decatur’s Barefoot Massage Specialist!
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Join us for a Pop-Up Boutique featuring LuLaRoe Comfort Clothing, Premier Designs Jewelry, door prizes, giveaways, “Book Now” specials, and refreshments!

When: Friday, August 5th from 4-6pm
Where: 1900 Flint Road, Decatur, AL

RSVP on Facebook or just drop in!

It’s going to be a lot of fun so don’t miss our very first pop-up boutique experience at Harvest Moon Massage Therapy!

Sharon Bryant Harvest Moon Massage Therapy is Decatur, Alabama’s Original Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapist!

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Just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a safe and patriotic 4th of July celebration!

Please remember your pets, our veterans, and others suffering from PTSD this holiday and be considerate of their struggles with the fireworks and other triggers.

Want to learn more about our veterans and PTSD and how holidays featuring fireworks can affect them? Here’s an article to get you started.

Sharon Bryant Harvest Moon Massage Therapy is Decatur, Alabama’s Original Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapist!

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Mardi Gras BeadsSo maybe you were at the Mardi Gras parade last weekend and ended up taking a bag full of beads home. Now that bag is sitting next to the door or still in your car and you don’t know what to do with them?

Bring them to Harvest Moon Massage Therapy!

I’ll take care of getting them to Decatur High School’s Developmental Program for recycling. You get them out of your life and Decatur High’s Developmental Program gets job training and a little bit of extra money from re-sale.

It’s a win, Win, WIN!

Here’s more information about the Carnegie Carnival’s Catch & Release program. And the article in the Decatur Daily.

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Sharon Bryant Harvest Moon Massage is Decatur’s only master Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapist!

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, Everyone! I hope you are having a lovely and blessed holiday with family and friends.

Harvest Moon Massage Therapy & Reflexology will close Wednesday, December 23rd and re-open Monday, December 28th.

Until then, check our online scheduling system for openings between Christmas and New Year (and beyond).

Sharon Bryant Harvest Moon Massage Therapy is Decatur, Alabama’s Most Experienced Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapist!

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Harvest Moon Massage ChristmasWe will be hosting a holiday open house this Friday, December 4th, from 9am to 6pm.

I will have herbal infused honeys and hula hoops as well as gift certificates for sale. Cathy and Cindy will have Young Living essential oils and other assorted products and services available.

Drop in for a free warm paraffin hand dip, a bite of chili and some sweets. We’ll also have hot tea, hot chocolate and coffee available.

Can’t wait to see you!

Sharon Bryant Harvest Moon Massage is Decatur, Alabama’s Master Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapist!

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MardiGrasCreweMany of you probably have already seen that I am on a Mardi Gras Crewe here in Decatur, AL. I’m a charter member of Crewe O’ Ye Crooked Goat, aka Pirate Crewe and you can find us over here if you’re interested in becoming part of our crewe or just like all things piratey.

Anyway, I always try to do a special around Mardi Gras because it’s fun, but this year the stakes are being raised.

Recently, the Carnegie Carnival parlayed with Decatur High School Developmental Program and began a proper recycling program for all the Mardi Gras beads that are flung about during the parades. The developmental center will wash, sort, and re-bundle all the beads collected and then put them back into circulation for next year’s celebration. All proceeds from the recycling program will benefit the developmental program. Win! Win! Win!

Last year you’ll remember we were an informal collection point for Mardi Gras beads after the parade. As of today, we are now an OFFICIAL Carnegie Carnival collection point for beads that will be recycled through the developmental program.

So, without further ado…

Bring in a fistful of Mardi Gras beads to recycle and you will receive $10 off your massage.

This offer is good one per customer and runs from February 14th – March 31st.

Want to get in on the fun? Carnegie Carnival Mardi Gras schedule is here! Hope to see you at the parade on February 14th!

Or you could just become a pirate and join our Crewe! Ask me how.

It’s so easy a PIRATE could do it!

 #MyDecaturAL

Sharon Bryant Harvest Moon Massage is Decatur, Alabama’s Only Bamboo Fusion Therapist!

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