How to Remove Lint From Clothes

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How to Remove Lint From Clothes

It is always annoying to see that newly washed black dress, all smelling good and ready to be worn, when you discover that it is covered with lint. In cases like this, you should know how to remove lint from clothes quickly so you can wear that dress right away.

When we wash our clothes in the machine, tiny pieces of our clothes, especially wool or cotton type, break off. These little pieces somehow just get stuck in the washing machine and then stick to our clothes during the whole washing cycle. Presently, there are new models of washing machines that actually have a system that flushes away the lint to avoid it sticking to your clothes.

However, if your washing machine is an older version, then you can also prevent this by making sure you regularly clean the filter. When you are washing clothes, it is always wise to separate them into like types.  Your towels, sweaters, and socks are clothing items that can produce the most lint. Do not wash this with your dresses, especially black ones, where the lint will be more visible. Using a good brand of detergent also helps in making sure that the lint is separated from the clothes. Lastly, when washing your clothes, do not overload the machine so that there can still be enough room for flushing the lint away.

If you do not utilize these steps, there are other steps to help remove the lint from your clothing.

  1. The most common tool to use in taking off lint is a lint roller. It is basically a roller with tape. All you have to do is roll the tape across your clothing and collect the lint. Once the tape sheet is filled with lint, you just tear it off and use a new one.

  2. If you want to invest more for removing lint, you can buy an electric lint remover. It’s convenient to use since it is battery operated. All you have to do is roll it up and down against your clothes with lint, and it should come off rather easy.

  3. If you don’t have a lint roller or an electric one, you can substitute with duct tape or packing tape. Tear off a good-sized piece of tape; place it on the piece of clothing with lint, press it a bit, then pull it off. The lint should come off with the tape.

  4. Provided that you do not need to wear the clothing right away, you can use any scouring pad and scrub the lint away. Just make sure that the pad is slightly damp before doing so.

  5. Lint on your clothes can also be treated like the hairs on your leg. Use a single-blade razor, lay the clothing flat, and begin scraping off the lint. Just make sure you don’t do it in an angle where you may cut the cloth instead.

  6. Another inexpensive way is to use a pumice stone to remove the lint off your clothes. Just like the scouring pad, scrub the lint off of your clothing. Be careful, though, that you don’t scrub too hard and rip through the cloth.

  7. If a lot of your clothes have lint all over and you decide that you want to wash them again, add a cup of vinegar to the water. This will aid in separating the lint from the clothes.

There are ways on how to remove lint from clothes. Most importantly, you can also prevent this from happening so you don’t have to waste your time manually removing the lint on each piece of clothing that you have. I hope you’ll use this advice and tips on your next wash day!

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