Brilliant Ways To Remove Lint From Sweaters

Temperatures have dropped and we all look forward to wearing our favorite sweaters that keep us warm even on the coldest days. As beautiful and comfortable as they are, however, sweaters tend to build up lint that makes them look old and worn out. How, then, to remove it? Easy, just follow our tricks that can remove lint and prevent its formation!

Dryer sheet

First of all, let’s see the first trick that can remove lint that has already formed on your sweaters, which is to use a dryer sheet. This, in fact, has the power to eliminate the electrostatic effect of rubbing the fibers and to remove, therefore, the lint from the clothes. All you have to do, then, is rub a dryer sheet over your sweater, insisting especially on the places where lint is present. And voila: your sweater will be as good as new!

A strip of scotch tape

Another very effective trick involves the use of a strip of scotch tape. So, cut a strip of tape a few inches long and lay, then, the sticky side of the scotch tape on the lint-covered fabric. After that, try to rub the surface of the tape to make it adhere completely. At this point, tear it off following the direction of the weave of the fabric: goodbye lint from your sweaters!

N.B Be careful not to ruin the fabric of your sweater when trying this trick and avoid doing it on delicate fabrics.

Pumice stone

You know the pumice stone you usually use to smooth the skin on your feet? You will be surprised to know that it can also be a godsend for removing lint from your sweaters. All you have to do, then, is to gently rub the pumice stone on your lint-ridden sweater and that’s it: the lint will be removed immediately! As if that were not enough, the pumice stone is also a godsend for cleaning oven grates!

N.B Please remember to avoid this remedy on wool, cotton or other delicate fabrics because you may risk ruining them.

How to prevent them

Once you’ve seen the three tricks for removing lint from your sweaters, let’s take a look together at some tricks to follow during washing so you can prevent them from forming.

Proper washing

First, let’s see how to wash these sweaters in the washing machine. This washing, in fact, if wrong, tends to cause excessive rubbing of the fabrics, which is considered the primary cause of lint formation.

First of all, therefore, we suggest that you always turn the garments inside out before washing, so as to protect your garments from lint. Also, when washing, it would be good to use white wine vinegar or citric acid, which are known to be natural fabric softeners that can soften garments and prevent lint. To further prevent the formation of lint, you might prefer the hand-wash cycle so that lint does not take root.

Sponge method

Also related to machine washing is the sponge method, which can prevent the formation of lint on your machine-washed garments.

All you need to do, therefore, is to insert a rough sponge, the kind you usually use to wash dishes in the kitchen, into the washing machine and then operate the wash with the delicate cycle. The sponge will manage to trap all the lint that your sweaters will have attracted, making them as soft as ever!

Towelette Trick

In addition to the sponge method, however, you can also try the wipes trick. So, equip yourself with 1 or 2 wet wipes and add them to the drum along with the laundry. At this point, run a gentle cycle without spin cycle and you’re done!

The wet wipes will be effective because they are able to retain the fabric fibers that stick to your clothes during machine washing. In fact, you will notice that the lint will have stuck to the wipes and not to the sweaters! We recommend, however, that you use strong, thick wipes so they will not break down in the washing machine.


These are inexpensive and homemade methods for removing lint from your garments. We remind you, however, to always stick to the manufacturing labels so as not to ruin them. Also, we remind you to be very cautious when using certain methods and always make sure beforehand that you can use them in a hidden area of your fabric.

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