How to remove lint while washing

Updated February 21, 2017

When you go to the dryer to take out your freshly washed and warm clothes, you find that you've got lint on your clothes. Perhaps it was a tissue in a pocket, a towel that snuck its way into the wash, or a sweater that decided to share its beauty with it's wash mates. Regardless of the source, there are ways to remove lint from most garments and sometimes you can wash your clothes again so you don't even have to get the lint brush or tape out.

Divide your wash. Whatever load of laundry that got lint on them, divide it so you wash two or three smaller loads. Separate cotton clothes from synthetic fabrics since cotton tends to produce lint and synthetic fibres tends to pick them up.

Clean out the washer and dryer. Wipe down the washer sides, agitator, soap dispenser and all other nooks and crannies. This will remove any debris so that lint does not occur again. Also, do the same for the dryer and be sure the lint trap is clear of all lint. This should be pulled out and checked after each load.

Add one cup of white vinegar to your wash before you put the clothes in. Use detergent and wash your clothes as normal.

Dry your clothes. Again, be sure the lint trap is clean and dry your smaller load of clothes. In the end, the lint should be gone.


In the future, turn clothes inside out before washing to help prevent lint from attaching to the visible side.

Things You'll Need

  • White Vinegar
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Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.