Why Do I Have Lint on My Clothes After Drying in the Dryer?


Modern dryers provide consumers with a much quicker method of drying garments than hanging them outdoors to dry in the sun. Dryers, however, have their disadvantages. Depending on what you put in your dryer, your clothes may come out dry, but covered in lint.

Friction and Suction

  • While tumbling in the dryer, your garments rub against one another. The friction this creates causes loose fibers to come detached from your clothing. An exhaust tube within your dryer sucks away the dryer‘s hot air. The suction the exhaust tube creates pulls the loose fibers free, and they stick to other garments.


  • Most lint is composed of cotton fibers. You can reduce unwanted lint on your clothing by washing cotton garments separately from other clothing items. Because towels are a primary culprit, consider washing and drying towels in their own separate load.


  • In addition to washing items separately, dumping the lint trap in your dryer can help reduce lint buildup on clothes. A full lint trap does not collect lint as efficiently as an empty one. Thus, consumers should clean their lint traps between each load.


  • Lint accumulates in areas other than just the lint filter. Over time, this can create a fire hazard. Look for lint buildup underneath and behind the lint screen and behind the dryer itself. Removing lint from areas where it accumulates decreases your risk of suffering a dryer fire.

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