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Keeping Cat Hair Off Black Clothing

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I bought a pair of Cabin Creek brand black pants (elastic waist "leggings" with flared legs) that were supposed to be jeans. They are 96% cotton and 4% spandex, and they attract EVERYTHING: cat hair, dust, lint, etc. Any suggestions for what I can do to make them less of a lint magnet? I tried Static Guard which, unfortunately, didn't help much. Thanks.

Maryeileen from Brooklyn OH

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By wendy 1 07/18/2007 Flag

I wash all my black and navy washables in "Black Woolite". Not regualr Woolite (it has bleach in it). I usually wash 2 or 3 pairs of slacks and a couple of tops at a time. I use 1-1/2 or 2 capfuls per load. After a few washings, the clothes seem to not attract stuff anymore. I think there is some kind of build-up of the Woolite that acts as a shield. And of course I have lint rollers (the kind for pet hair) in stragetic locations--car, bathroom, tote bag.

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By Maryeileen 76 1,143 07/20/2007 Flag

Thanks, Wendy. I didn't know there was such a thing as Black Woolite. I'll have to look for it in the stores around here and try it.

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By Sheila Hendricks 2 66 07/20/2007 Flag

Wendy, Black Woolite worked for me, too. For a quick removal from furniture & other fabrics, try a rubber glove. It works faster and more thoroughly than a brush or those velvet-type pads. (My daughter is a cat collector - all the black cats sat on anyone wearing white and the white cats favored black clothes! But we love them all.) The trick with the rubber gloves keeps me sane.

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By Janice C. 18 710 07/22/2007 Flag

Put on a pair of rubber gloves and brush the fabric. It will take off the lint and animal hair.

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By Karen 10 65 07/23/2007 Flag

I just read a tip to prevent static cling, it said to hide a small safety pin in the seam of the clothing.

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By Wendy (Guest Post) 07/23/2007 Flag

This is fun! We are a group of people who get excited about cat hair.
Thought of one more use for the lint roller. I roll my lampshades. Honest! First time I did it I was appalled at the amount of dust and cat hair it picked up.
Sheilamay and Jantoo, I use the rubber glove trick too!

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By irish mcfly (Guest Post) 07/26/2007 Flag

I heard bounce fabric sheets for your dryers. my nanny sent me this e-mail yesterday and there was a whole list on bounce fabric sheets which included it picks up not only cat hair, lint, but it also helps with static on your clothing and hair etc. good luck!

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