Winter time is lint time! Small knobs and knots on the clothes are more than annoying, because the lint makes clothes look as if we had worn them for years. We’ll give you great tips on how to avoid and remove the fluff. Especially in winter, when we snuggle up in cozy wool scarves, knitted sweaters and thick winter coats, they are suddenly everywhere: lint! The annoying, fluffy little nodules and fibers spread over time on our clothing and look anything but beautiful.
But don’t worry. We can do something about the unpleasant fluff phenomenon, which is also called pilling. Before you banish the affected clothing to the far corner of the wardrobe, you should rather declare war on the fabric knots.
How do lint and nodules develop?
Lint on clothing is usually caused by friction. For example, when the sleeve of the wool sweater rubs over the edge of the table. Then fabric fibers separate from the fabric, which form small balls. And the washing machine and dryer are also to blame for the annoying lint and nodules that form on our clothing. Contrary to many opinions, lint says nothing about the quality of clothing. Means: Even the most expensive cashmere scarf tends to fluff. Wool, cotton and synthetic fibers are also particularly susceptible to pilling. Synthetic fibers in particular are so closely connected that nodules are particularly difficult to remove.
Remove lint quickly and easily
As annoying as they are – the little balls of cloth should never be plucked with your fingers. Plucking loosens more fibers, which creates new lint. Vicious cycle, hello! Lint can be removed from clothing very quickly and easily with a lint roller , because the sticky surface ensures that the nodules stick to it. Lint can also be easily brushed away with a lint brush. Particularly practical: lint rolls are also available in miniature sizes that fit in every handbag. So you’re armed against the nasty lint on the go.
By the way, you should always process your clothes with a lint roller before wearing them for the first time, as this will already remove loose fibers.
Five brilliant and simple tips against lint
1. Wash properly
Since garments in the washing machine are exposed to great friction, you should wash particularly delicate textiles in a separate laundry bag or inside out. Also make sure that all zippers are closed.
2. Electric lint razor
If the lint has already spread out on your clothing, you can tackle the nodule with an electric lint razor. Fine, rotating knives cut off the protruding knobs. But be careful: do not press the device too hard on the fabric, otherwise holes or other damage may occur.
Tip: Place your garment on a hard, firm surface. In addition, the distance between the knife and the textile should be adjustable. This way you avoid holes in the fabric, especially with sensitive parts.
3. Disposable razor
Annoying lint can be easily removed with an ordinary razor. With a razor ?! Yes, we were a bit skeptical at first, but the trick really works.
Here’s how: Place the affected garment on a smooth, flat surface and pull the fabric tight. Now you drive (carefully, please!) With the disposable razor over the fluffy surface – similar to how you would shave your legs. The nodules are easily shaved off.
4. Plastic bag
For the next lint hack you only need a plastic bag like the one you get in the supermarket. Put the garment in the bag and use your hands to rub it. The fabric is electrically charged by the bag, the lint detaches from the clothing and remains in the bag.
5. Women’s tights
And here is another trick that can be used to remove small lint: Simply slip a pair of tights (not wool tights! It should be nylon!) Over your hand and rub lightly over the garment with the lumps and lint.