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How to Remove Lint From Clothes

Need to get rid of lint balls and fluff on your black shirts and clothes? Follow our lint removal tips to learn how to remove lint from clothes and t-shirts.

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I dried my son’s dark blue sleeveless polyester workout shirt with dark towels, and now it has lint all over it. I tried washing the shirt again, but no difference. How do I get the lint off?


One of the keys to good laundry practices is to sort not only by color but also by fabric types, taking care to separate lint producers (like towels) and attractors (often lighter synthetic clothing). What has happened here is that the dark towels have lost a number of fibers, and the synthetic polyester has developed a static electric charge during drying which attracts and holds these loose fibers that usually wind up on the lint filter.

A couple of options to fix this:

  • You can use a lint brush, which has a sticky surface to physically pull the lint off the shirt.
  • Another option would be to rewash and add a small amount of fabric softener, either in the rinse or using a dryer sheet. This should eliminate the static charge and free the shirt of the lint pieces.