Removing Lint from Clothing

November 18, 2010

You have the ironing board out, the iron is turned on, and you get your first item out - a black pair of trousers. Oh my gosh! the trousers are full of lint, but you have no lint brush. What do you do?


My tip - Take a piece of Glad Press 'n Seal and use that as your lint remover. It works great! I use it on all my clothing that is in need of lint removing. Put the sticky side on item, press with hand, then peel up. The lint is gone!

By VALady10 from Gloucester, VA

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April 19, 2011

I attached the furniture brush attachment to the hose of my vacuum and lightly brushed the surface of the clothing, back and forth, back and forth, etc.

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November 3, 2009

A friend gave me a lint shaver. It is battery operated and takes all those little pills of fuzz off of clothing. I keep it in the laundry room and use it all the time.

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April 7, 2005

A roll of masking tape doubles; triples; quadruples as savings for you at home. Just like the much more expensive commercial lint roller used for clothing, a roll of ($1.25) masking tape wound around your hand will remove lint as easily as its counterpart.

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May 3, 2017

Sometimes it's hard to pull off some small fibers on your blazer or coats, cottons that stick, or the fur from your dogs and cats. It is time consuming if you pull them one at a time. I cut a 2 1/2 inches of tape, I rolled it on my fingers and started tapping it on the blazer, where the fibers are present.

Tape being used to clean fuzz off a dark blazer.

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June 24, 2010

My cleaning lady washed some sheets that had some Kleenex with them. I believe it shredded and when I used the washing machine to wash a dark load, the Kleenex got all over the clothes. Two black pair of women's pants are now impossible to get clean. The pair that is a linen blend can only be cleaned with my fingernail and it is coated with lint.

I washed the clothes twice after this happened and most of the blouses are pretty lint free after being dried, but the two black pairs of pants are impossible. I needed these particular clothes for a forthcoming vacation trip and I am sure there must be something that will remove the Kleenex lint. I have never had this problem before when there was a little Kleenex left in a pants pocket. The only other thing that it might be is the lint from a washed rug, but I don't see any rugs that have just been washed by my cleaning lady. Help!

By pat from Los Angeles


June 26, 20101 found this helpful

A hand held 3M Lint Roller works for me when I leave paper in the pocket of my black pants. Lay out the pants on an ironing board and roll away.

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June 26, 20100 found this helpful

If the Lint Roller that nineleven47 suggested doesn't work, take them to the Dry Cleaners. They can probably get it off.

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June 26, 20102 found this helpful

Go to the fabric part of the store and buy some net. It doesn't matter what color you get. I use about a yard or two. Ball it up and add to the dryer. The net gets all the lint off. The smaller the holes in the net the better

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June 27, 20101 found this helpful

I put about one cup of vinegar to a washer of clothes that have lint on them and then rinse away.

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August 4, 20100 found this helpful

I put tape on my black clothes any kind of tape except duct tape. I tape up my black clothing including black jeans and pants, then i remove the tape. The tape will get enough lint off that no one will be able to notice. It works for me. I hope it works for you too.

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March 14, 20160 found this helpful

can use shaver like a cheap bic...carefully go over areas...

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September 5, 20160 found this helpful

How do I get lint out of nylon pajamas that got washed with a white towel?

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June 1, 2010

How can I get lint off my clothes? Also, how do I get washing powder off them? They are all types of fabric, but mainly cotton or synthetic.

By Sarah Griffiths from QLD


June 1, 20100 found this helpful

Lint usually means you need to sort your items when washing. Don't wash towels with clothes (especially synthetics) as the lint from the towels sticks to the clothes. To remove it, rewash the items separately and tumble dry. Fabric softener can help. It is hard to remove.
Detergent residue--your water isn't warm enough to dissolve the washing powder. Use warmer water, less detergent, do an additional rinse or try liquid detergent.

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June 2, 20100 found this helpful

Same as above. Make sure your detergent is in the water, swish it a few minutes before adding clothes. Front loader and laundromat does not let you have that option, then you need to bump your water temp up. Or dissolve your detergent in some hot water before putting it into the washer with the clothing. Sorting laundry will eliminate many problems. Esp when not having to iron no iron clothing. Too much laundry shoved into washer will get your wrinkles, lint and left over soaps. May need to change your brand as well. Cheaper is not cheap when it causes problems.

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June 3, 20100 found this helpful

Another hint is to buy about a yard of nylon netting. I put that in my washer with the clothes as they wash. Somehow it helps reduce the lint. I'm pretty sure I found this on TF! I have also put it in the dryer. I just use it over and over till it gets so limp I have to buy another yard. It costs practically nothing.

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February 16, 2015

Does anyone know how to make a dryer ball to collect hair and lint in the dryer?

By Sandy D.


December 3, 20170 found this helpful

Ideally you don't want it to collect in the dryer. It will get on all the clothing that way. It should automatically go to the lint trap.

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March 7, 2017

White lint spots can easily make freshly washed dark clothes look unwashed. This is a page about white lint all over dark laundry.

Dark Laundry

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February 15, 2017

Here is a way to make a variation on the tape wrapped around your hand makeshift lint roller. This is a page about thrifty lint roller brush.

Thrifty Lint Roller Brush - supplies

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February 1, 2010

OK, so I did the unthinkable. I put new towels in with a pile of clothes and all the fluff from the towels came off and is now abundant all over my clothes.

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