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Removing Kleenex from Clothing

Much as we all try, sometimes we leave a tissue in a pocket of our pants and wash them. Then, the clothes will be covered in lint.

There's no need to rewash the load, just put a fabric softener sheet in the dryer and tumble for a while. I don't even use a whole one, because I cut them in thirds. Most of the lint will wind up in your lint trap.

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I don't use dryer sheets as a rule, because I don't like the toxins they release, but I consider this an emergency, and like I said, I cut them in thirds anyway.

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December 10, 2013

If you open the washing machine and find tissue lint all over your clothes, there's no reason to rewash the load. Put a dryer sheet, like Bounce, in the dryer and tumble the load. Most of the tissue will wind up in the lint trap.

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October 13, 2014

A Kleenex was left in a pocket and was washed with the clothes and is everywhere! Can I go ahead and put them in the dryer? Shake out? Or wash again?

By Meredith

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October 13, 20140 found this helpful
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This has happened so many times at my house! Go ahead and put them in the dryer. The lint collector should pick up the biggest pieces. If your clothes come out with little bits of tissue stuck on them afterwards, re-wash and put the load through another dryer cycle. I hope this helps!

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October 14, 20140 found this helpful
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I do this quite often and get so disgusted with myself for not checking pockets before putting clothes in the washer. After running the clothes through the dryer, it all comes loose. When I take the clothes out of the dryer I give them a good shaking. Then I have to sweep the floor, wipe out the dryer and the lint trap will be full. What's that old saying, "A stitch in time saves nine".

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How do you clean wet tissues off clothes that got missed when put in the wash?

By Pat Rebuck from PA

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February 8, 20110 found this helpful
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I buy a roll of contact-type paper, found at stores like Dollar General. It's great for removing lint, and it can be cut in sheets, rather than using rolls of tape. You might also try vacuuming the clothing with the (dried) tissue pieces. Good luck with that. Oh, although I don't use a dryer, I have found that putting a wet "linty" item in the dryer for a few minutes will leave it with much of the lint removed.

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February 25, 2020

How do I get Kleenex off faux fur after it was washed and dried?


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February 25, 20200 found this helpful

You can try using tape wrapped around your hand or getting a lent brush for this one. I like to take a rounded tube and put tape around it and just roll it across the item to pick up the lint. Use a double-sided tape if you want to do it this way.

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February 26, 20200 found this helpful

Sticky packing tape, or any tape you have handy. Also lent rollers work. Use sticky tape by wrapping around brush or hands. This works well!

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February 26, 20200 found this helpful

A good shake outside to start. Then a 2 minute run through the dryer on AIR--NO HEAT and don't leave the thing in there without standing there--just for safety sake. Then hand pick off the rest. I don't recommend using tape or anything sticky on fake fur as you will get more fake fur fuzz than tissue and that can damage the fabric.

A lint brush might work, but if the tissue is deep into the pile, hand picking is the only way after the shake and air tumble.

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February 26, 20200 found this helpful

i rewashed and dried it and it came out perfect

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March 28, 2006

I left a facial tissue in the wash. What a mess! How do I get this off the "drip drys"?

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By Tracy (Guest Post)
March 28, 20061 found this helpful

I Have used those lint rollers that are like inside out masking tape. The brand name ones tend to stick to the lint better and make it less work.

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By Grandma Margie. (Guest Post)
March 28, 20060 found this helpful

I hate it when that happens! No matter how careful I am I seem to do that at least once a year!
If the clothing item is being drip dried only because of a shrinkage issue I would imagine you could tumble it in the dryer with no heat and that would remove much of the lint.
If it is is a fragile item that can't be tumbled then I think you'd need to rewash it and rinse (and rinse) in fresh water until all the lint was removed.

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By Carol (Guest Post)
March 28, 20060 found this helpful

I would let the drip dry things dry then toss them in the dryer on fluff--a cold setting or the last few minutes on most dryer settings is a cool down time and might be enough to fluff the tissue off.

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By Lois (Guest Post)
March 29, 20060 found this helpful

I use a piece of nylon netting to remove lint from
clothing in the dryer. 1/2 yard should be more than enough & your cost should be 50 cents or less.

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By Carol in PA (Guest Post)
March 30, 20060 found this helpful

I rewash mine when it happens to me. Also, you can put them in the dryer on "air fluff" cycle. If you add another item like a towel when you fluff them in the dryer, they'll come out better...

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