Master This 10-Second Hack for Removing Lint When You Don’t Have a Lint Roller

published Jun 2, 2019
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Have a big job for a lint roller, but worried the one you already have on hand just won’t cut it? Missing a lint roller altogether?

No matter what your lint-roller situation, we’ve got you covered. And the good news is, all this project takes is two ingredients you probably have at home: a paint roller and some (ideally good quality) duct tape.

Credit: Joe Lingeman

The process of making your very own, super-powered lint roller is simple — just wrap the tape, sticky side out, around any paint roller, and then get to work on your clothes, couch, or virtually any other fabric you can dream up.

Masking tape, painter’s tape, or basically anything you have on hand will work, too. On a big or small roller. You’ll want to make sure to spot test first, especially if you’re using it on something nice, since sometimes cheap duct tape can leave gummy residue on fabric.

Credit: Joe Lingeman

3 Reasons to Use Your Super-Powered Lint Roller

1. When you don’t have a lint roller at all

The super-powered lint roller is a perfect option if in a pinch if you can’t seem to find your existing lint roller or you don’t have one.

2. Cleaning up a big, hairy mess

If you’re a pet owner (or live with a human who sheds), you know what it’s like to discover big, hairy messes in unexpected places. (Gross.) These heavy-duty or everyday hair-ridden scenarios are where your super-powered roller will come in extra handy. It’ll do a better job of picking up lots of hair, without having to tear and twist off a half a dozen sticky sheets from your disposable roller.

3. Precise rolling of a large area

If you don’t have time to pore over every inch of your interview suit with the tiny lint roller you have on hand before you leave, a larger roller that covers more surface area will pack a stronger punch, leaving you ample time to finish your skincare routine before jetting out the door. (Again, spot test!)