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Old 03/20/09, 07:47 PM
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How to rid washed clothes of LINT!!!?

The only way I've been able to get my clothes clean, is to dry them in the dryer!!

As I have became more enviromentally freindly, I've tried drying racks, clothes lines, etc.

But my clothing is SO full of LINT. You shake them, you can see the lint fluff off!

The old washers had lint filters, and I tried to dry the clothes first on the drying rack and THEN use the dryer with NO heat and it still does not get the lint out as good as the wasteful wet clothes into the dryer...

Is there any products out there that will stop lint in the washer? I've seen the dryer balls, anything for the washer to control lint?

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I don't have a dryer at this time in my life and use the clothes line and drying racks. I've done this for several years now. I've never had to use a "lint ball". We don't usually have a lint problem, but on occasion, when there is some, I find that running a damp cloth over the lint generally takes it off, or tape, such as masking or duct tape works o.k.
I do try to only wash "llinty" items such as the fuzzy blankets or terry cloth towels only with each other as they do want to share their fuzz & threads with all that touch them.
Hope you find what works for you.
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Old 03/20/09, 08:10 PM
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So after you dry lets say some towels, and then "fluff" them, there is lint flying all over the place(small fibers you can see in sunlight that float around the house)

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Old 03/20/09, 08:26 PM
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Use a blow torch to quickly burn off the lint.

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That lint on your towels usually comes from towels that are not "woven" but the fabric is "blown" or "forced" together. I have some cheapo family dollar towel that do that.
I don't have a dryer, I find I have to be carefull about washing darks together, and make sure a dish rag or sock doesn't get in the load. I aslo find that a lint brush usually takes care of lint on the clothes. Things with polyester in them seem to be lint magnents.

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Tape works well. I also dry them in the dryer when there is an excessive amount. Also I'm not the best launder, either, so it's usually because I broke a laundering rule of thumb.

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Old 03/20/09, 09:22 PM
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My rules for lint free laundry:

~blacks wash only with blacks.(not a racist statement, I am talking about clothes, LOL)

~towels only with other towels. (see, not racist)

~those cheap towels shellycoley mentioned, just throw them away!

~never (ever!) wash papertowels, tissues, napkins with your clothes. However, it DOES happen. When you see that it has happened, wipe out the washer with a damp cloth before you do the next load.

~dont fill the washer too full. (as in cram in 12 pairs of jeans). At my house we have a limit of 7 pairs of jeans per load. This depends on the Size of ones jeans, LOL. The water cannot circulate well if the machine is jammed full, and the soap doesn't rinse out.

~Also,put in less soap than they say. Lots of soap residue makes the lint cling to the clothes.

Hope this helps!

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Old 03/20/09, 11:49 PM
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try using vinger in the rinse.

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One way to keep the lint from being on the right side of clothes is wash them inside out so the lint is on the inside so no one will see it. I bought one of those sticky lint rollers that you can rinse off and reuse because sometimes lint just shows up--load I did yesterday was covered and it was clothes that I have washed together before and had no issues.

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Where do you buy good towels, then?
I have tried them from just about everywhere and still have the lint issue. What do I need to look for to get non fuzzy ones?

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heh, never, ever, wash a red sweatshirt with white clothes

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We decided to leave our old washing machines and dryers with the new owners of our homes rather than bring them 500 miles to our new home. Because of the commercials, we bought a Maytag washer. It spreads lint all over the clothes, no matter what the speed, size, or cycle.

I wrote letters and made telephone calls to Maytag and was told that I had to use a dryer, because the washer was so powerful. I told them that even on gentle cycles clothes that don't normally make lint, produced lint. They told me to use powdered detergent to avoid lint, so we do. The Maytag people are not nice and after some research, I learned that they had experienced a class action lawsuit over the most expensive products and didn't want to deal with any more complaints. I asked if I could return the washer and get a refund. I thought a cheaper model might not damage the clothes as much. Maytag told me I was stuck with the machine.

We tried everything we could think of to be able to take clothes from the washer to the clothes line, but my husband finally figured out that the only successful way to keep the clothes from being linty is to partially dry them in the dryer before hanging them outside.

As you can see, I'm still angry that we were forced to buy a dryer when a clothesline should suffice.

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At an old appliance store, where they still fix washers, I got a lint basket for my mother's washer. It fits over the top of the spindle and the mest filters out dog hair!!! and lint. Have never found another one tho', alas. ldc

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We don't have a terrible lint problem but sometimes do. White venegar in the rinse seems to help. When it is bad...10 min in the dryer w/heat and then hang up is good.

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What gone-a-milkin said works for me.

Still not totally lint free.

I just bite the bullet and run them thru the dryer once a month or so. This also helps to reshape things like sweat pants. If they never go into the dryer you should see how much they "grow" over the period of a few washings. Makes me feel like I lost about 30 pounds....LOL.

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I hear you about the lint! I've been using a wringer washer for the last month since our front loader broke down and we have no money to replace it and it seems the lint is really bad.
I have seen washer balls but didn't get a close look at them as they were in a Regal catalogue. However, they just looked like the cat toys that you can buy in the store with the velco wrapped around them. I haven't actually bought any yet but I think I may as soon as I can find some money for them. I'm guessing that the velcro catches the hair and lint and then you just have to clean them off after.

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In regards to shaking the clothes and seeing the lint flying through the air--my clothes do this even when dried in the dryer. Part of that is also the dust that is already floating around in the air; the shaking of the clothing just helps move it around. The dust in ones home is never removed completely, just re-arranged when we clean.
I am allergic to dust mite poo, so I have been fighting dust all my life. Short of living in a bubble, keeping our bedroom as spare as possible, having a water bed, wherein I can wipe it down when I change the sheets, no carpeting, keeping closet doors shut and not shaking the clothing in our room is how I try to keep them at bay.
Just part of my life.
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I don't understand why you've got a problem. Because I live alone, I toss everything in the machine together (except jeans because the colour runs), and I've never had a lint problem. It's only when we have a week or more of constant rain that I ever use my dryer - and that hasn't been for about 20 years or so!

I think you're cramming too much into the machine at any one time, so that the clothes rub too hard against each other, creating lint. You're probably using far too much detergent, and the clothes aren't able to be properly rinsed.

Follow this, and Gone-a-milkin's excellent advice about sorting your loads, and you shouldn't have any problems.

Also, check the setting on your machine. If you've got it on Heavy Duty, switch it to Normal, or even Gentle.

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I have a lint brush that you peel the sticky off and just rub the clothes and it picks up the lint. I use a clothesline for almost all of my clothes, but I don't have much of a lint problem. I am careful to wash clothes when properly sorted like mom taught me. Side note-the lint brush came from Dollar Tree for $1 and I have had the same one for over 2 years.

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Old 03/22/09, 05:11 PM
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I don't understand why you've got a problem. Because I live alone, I toss everything in the machine together (except jeans because the colour runs), and I've never had a lint problem. It's only when we have a week or more of constant rain that I ever use my dryer - and that hasn't been for about 20 years or so!

I think you're cramming too much into the machine at any one time, so that the clothes rub too hard against each other, creating lint. You're probably using far too much detergent, and the clothes aren't able to be properly rinsed.

Follow this, and Gone-a-milkin's excellent advice about sorting your loads, and you shouldn't have any problems.

Also, check the setting on your machine. If you've got it on Heavy Duty, switch it to Normal, or even Gentle.
I got HARD water, so I HAVE to use more detergent, perhaps a double rinse? But then I am not gaining anything, wasting water....

Would a extra rinse be more efficient than using the dryer?

So I'll do some experiments to see if it really is operator error, but some of my towels are getting kinda ragged, but I still got probably half a year of use until they get donated as shop rags.
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