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Use Pantyhose to Catch Washing Machine Lint


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hose over drain pipe emptying into utility sinkA washing machine repairman told me to put a pantyhose leg on the pipe that drains into our slop sink. I was surprised to see how much lint it caught. All that lint would eventually clog our drain, and plumbers are expensive! I also have a mesh filter in the drain itself.

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I use the good leg from a ripped pair of pantyhose. I also go to garage sales and buy pantyhose for a good price, so I always have some on hand.

Source: Washing machine repairman

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August 25, 20150 found this helpful

I laughed when I read about using pantyhose as a lint catch. I did that once but I guess I cut it too long because it ended up plugging the sink drain hole & I contended with water all over the floor. If you're going to use pantyhose, I suggest that you keep the length to no more than 4 inches because it will stretch when it's soaking wet.

As an alternative to pantyhose, I make nylon window screen socks. I posted about this a few years ago. If you type "laundry machine filter" into the Search box, you'll come to the instructions about how to make these screen socks. I still use them.

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August 25, 20150 found this helpful

I read the post. Very clever. I don't think my pantyhose is 4 inches, but I have never had a problem with it clogging the drain. I clean out the lint after every use, so it never gets that heavy. I also replace it often.

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September 25, 20190 found this helpful

I find that the knee high nylon eventually stretches longer and then plugs the drain hole when the water is draining and the water doesn't drain down the sink. Any suggestions.

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January 5, 20220 found this helpful

"nylon eventually stretches longer - and plugs the drain hole... . Any suggestions."

Yes. You need to create a Hickenbottom inlet for your sink drain. Find a piece of plastic pipe (~12" - 14" long) that will fit snugly into your drain.

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Drill random holes ~5/16" diameter along the length of the pipe. Position the pipe with holes in it vertically into your drain. The pipe will create a much larger surface area to drain the water, which the stocking cannot cover.

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January 5, 20220 found this helpful

Nylon stocking / pantyhose works great as a lint filter for a washing machine. However, to prevent pantyhose from clogging drain, create a non-plugging inlet for your sink drain.

  1. 1. Find plastic pipe about 12-14" long that will fit snugly into your drain (i.e. - drain slip-joint pipe).
  2. 2. Drill 5/16" dia. holes randomly along & around the pipe.
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  4. 3. Insert pipe vertically into sink drain.
  5. 4. Stocking will not be able to plug vertical stand pipe. ;)

Search "Hickenbottom inlet" for a visual description.

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