10 Need-to-Know Secrets for Lint-Free Clothes, Forever

updated Dec 4, 2023
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Nothing ruins an outfit faster than having a bunch of lint all over it, and when you’re dashing out the door, you don’t want to spend 15 minutes lint-rolling yourself. So, it helps to have other ideas on deck to get all that cottony debris off you quickly. To help getting dressed go more smoothly, we rounded up a bunch of tips and tricks for removing lint.

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From dryer sheets to drawer liners, here are 10 hacks for on getting lint off of clothes.

1. Grab a Dryer Sheet

It makes sense that dryer sheets, with all their antistatic laundry properties, would have the power to remove lint from your clothes even when used outside of the dryer. All you have to do is rub the surface of your outfit with a single dryer sheet, and voila: You’re fuzz-free!

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2. Use Masking Tape

Fresh out of lint roller sheets and covered in hair? Fret not, my pet owner friends: Masking tape can do the trick. Just use the sticky side to pick up each piece of lint to score a fur-free outfit!

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3. Employ the “Air Only” Dryer Setting

Put on an all-black outfit only to discover it’s covered in lint? Don’t panic. Just toss it in the dryer with a clean dryer sheet and run the “air only” setting to rid your clothing of all that lint in a pinch.

4. Wash Your Outfit Inside-Out

We all have at least one article of clothing in our closet that we love, even though it’s a lint magnet. Luckily you can combat the fuzz ahead of time by washing the garment inside out to bypass sticky lint problems and minimize shedding.

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5. Use Distilled White Vinegar

As if we needed another reason to always have distilled white vinegar on hand, it turns out it’s great for removing lint, too. Add a cup of it to your laundry during the final rinse cycle and say “vamoose” to pesky fuzz from sweaters and bath towels.

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6. Employ an Antistatic Spray

If you thought antistatic spray was only good for preventing your garments from sticking to your body, then think again. Just like it can make your clothes less static-y, spraying your outfit with antistatic spray will help prevent lint from sticking to it, too.

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7. Use a Pumice Stone

Believe it or not, that pumice stone in your bathroom can do a whole lot more than just smooth your skin. Next time you’re faced with a pilling sweater, try rubbing it with your pumice stone to remove the balls and take any flecks of lint with it.

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8. Try Contact Paper

Sitting on a roll of contact paper or a pack of self-adhesive drawer liners? The next time you’re faced with a lint-covered ensemble on your way out the door, try using the sticky side of the paper to remove a larger surface area of lint on the go.

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9. Use a Scouring Pad

Who knew scouring pads — you know, the scratchy green ones you use to scrub your pots and pans — could also get rid of fuzz and lint on your clothes? Just dampen a scouring pad to soften it, then scrub off lint like a pro.

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10. Use Your Hairdryer

When all else fails, you can always count on your trusty hairdryer to get you nice and lint-free on the fly. Simply dampen a new dryer sheet and gently rub it on your fuzz-covered garment while simultaneously blowing it with the cool setting on your hair dryer to achieve a crisp-looking outfit in seconds.