Ways to Keep Fuzz From Sticking to Fabrics

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Nothing ruins an outfit quite like encountering clothes full of fuzz when you pull them out of the dryer. While you can remove lint with a sticky roller or tape, it can be time-consuming and tedious, especially when you are in a hurry to get out the door. Confront the problem at its source by taking steps to keep fuzz off the fabric of your clothing while they are in the washer and dryer.

Laundry Sorting

  • Fuzz shows up most often on dark clothes, so avoid the temptation of tossing all your laundry in at once and take the time to sort into separate loads according to color and type. Towels are the usual culprit for transmitting fuzz, so always wash your dark clothes in a separate load.

Vinegar

  • White vinegar is a common additive for cheap and simple household cleaners, but you can also use it to keep the fuzz off your clothes. Add 1 cup of distilled white vinegar along with your usual detergent when you start a load of laundry to help clothes repel fuzz.

Dryer Maintenance

  • The lint trap in your dryer holds lint removed from your clothes, and keeps it from moving down into your dryer hose and vents to prevent build-up and clogs. However, when your lint trap is filled up with old fuzz and debris, lint from your load of laundry has nowhere to go except back on your clothes. Keep your dryer lint trap empty and clean to keep fuzz off your clothes and to keep your dryer working efficiently and prevent potential fire hazards.

Dryer Sheets

  • You may be used to tossing a dryer sheet in your dryer to cut down on static, but it can actually help keep fuzz off your clothes as well. Dryer sheets help to lessen the static bond between lint or fuzz and the fabric to discourage lint from sticking, and makes it easier to remove, if necessary.

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