How to Wash Black Pants So They Don't Pill & Get White Stuff on Them

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How to Wash Black Pants So They Don't Pill & Get White Stuff on Them
Wash black trousers with like coloured and textured clothing. (laundry image by timur1970 from

Washing black trousers at home with the other dirty laundry can lead to very noticeable lint balls. It is possible to launder black trousers at home and prevent any lint balls or white pills from ruining an otherwise pristine ensemble.

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Things you need

  • Soapy water
  • Lint free cloth
  • Liquid laundry soap
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Fabric softener sheet

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  1. 1

    Clean out the inside of the washing machine with soapy water and a lint free cloth. This will ensure that any existing lint on the inside of the tub will not make its way onto the black trousers.

  2. 2

    Turn the trousers inside out. This will prevent white detergent stains or lint from getting on the outside of the trousers.

  3. 3

    Place the trousers into the washing machine with like coloured and textured pieces. Do not wash the trousers with towel or socks, both of which are covered with lint.

  4. 4

    Avoid overloading the washing machine. This will not allow the water to wash any lint or laundry soap from the trousers, which can lead to pills and white stains.

  5. 5

    Add the recommended amount of liquid washing powder and 1 cup of white vinegar to the machine. The vinegar will help wash any lint that makes its way onto the trousers.

  6. 6

    Wash the trousers on the cold temperature setting and in the gentle cycle so that no colours bleed on the trousers.

  7. 7

    Remove the trousers and place them into the dryer with a fabric softener sheet. The dryer sheet and the tumbling action of the dryer will help remove even more lint balls.

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