DAMN LINT! WHAT AM I MISSING?!!!!!

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    Jan 13, 2010 1:32 AM GMT
    When I used to live with my parents my cloth did not get any lint on it like EVER(I was not the one doing laundry). Now that Im living by myself, some of my underwear and pillowcases DO. Its totally driving me crazy, how can i void this? Am i missing anything when washing my cloth? Is it the soup soap? The fabric softener? HELP!

    PS: please dont tell me to use a hairbrush let alone duc tape lol
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    Jan 13, 2010 1:36 AM GMT
    Separate colours from whites.

    Colored lint gets on white clothes.... visa versa.


    Also clean the lint trap!

    (Better than duct tape:lint-brush-cat.jpg Lint brush
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    Jan 13, 2010 2:28 AM GMT
    Here is a thought:
    Try washing with soap and not soup. Just sayin...icon_twisted.gif



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    Jan 13, 2010 2:32 AM GMT
    not only separate colours but fluffies too, things like white socks, woolens, towels, tea towels, anything that's "fluffy" shouldn't be washed with cottens like tshirts/shorts/shirts/sheets and the like.

    It also depends on the washing machine, front loaders are more gentle on clothing but top loaders with an agitator down the middle tend to be much rougher and then it comes down to each washing machine, cheaper ones are just ripping your clothes apart.
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    Jan 13, 2010 3:08 AM GMT
    charlitos saidI'd clean your lint trap ;)



    Go for it, big boy.

    Up for a toss in the linens? We can cross-mix fluffies together....

    Maybe throw an agitator up your middle?
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    Jan 13, 2010 3:11 AM GMT
    Yeah it probably is the soup you're using.


    I find that condensed soups work better than the chunky kinds.




    No but really.... you might be washing your stuff too hard. Try a more delicate setting on your washer and a lower heat on your dryer
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    Jan 13, 2010 3:37 AM GMT
    charlitos saidWhen I used to live with my parents my cloth did not get any lint on it like EVER(I was not the one doing laundry). Now that Im living by myself, some of my underwear and pillowcases DO. Its totally driving me crazy, how can i void this? Am i missing anything when washing my cloth? Is it the soup? The fabric softener? HELP!

    PS: please dont tell me to use a hairbrush let alone duc tape lol

    Why dont you just ask your mother? ... icon_rolleyes.gif .... pretty, but dumb

    Charlitos, how much soaps did u  put in teh machine?
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    Jan 13, 2010 5:48 AM GMT
    ThePenIsMyTier said
    charlitos saidI'd clean your lint trap ;)



    Go for it, big boy.

    Up for a toss in the linens? We can cross-mix fluffies together....

    Maybe throw an agitator up your middle?


    WTF I gotta seriously start locking my computer when I leave the room....or should I maybe murder my boyfriend?


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    Jan 13, 2010 5:51 AM GMT
    Caslon12000 said
    charlitos saidWhen I used to live with my parents my cloth did not get any lint on it like EVER(I was not the one doing laundry). Now that Im living by myself, some of my underwear and pillowcases DO. Its totally driving me crazy, how can i void this? Am i missing anything when washing my cloth? Is it the soup? The fabric softener? HELP!

    PS: please dont tell me to use a hairbrush let alone duc tape lol

    Why dont you just ask your mother? ... icon_rolleyes.gif .... pretty, but dumb

    Charlitos....iz dat yu?


    I used to live with my dad...why don't u be my daddy and help me out here? icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 13, 2010 6:18 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidnot only separate colours but fluffies too, things like white socks, woolens, towels, tea towels, anything that's "fluffy" shouldn't be washed with cottens like tshirts/shorts/shirts/sheets and the like.

    It also depends on the washing machine, front loaders are more gentle on clothing but top loaders with an agitator down the middle tend to be much rougher and then it comes down to each washing machine, cheaper ones are just ripping your clothes apart.


    ya...its a cheap washing machine....mmmm...i kinda thought that could be one of the reasons why....thanks icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 13, 2010 6:39 AM GMT
    charlitos saidya...its a cheap washing machine....mmmm...i kinda thought that could be one of the reasons why....thanks icon_smile.gif

    if your able go to a laundromat with front loaders, just don't use the driers (they have a habit of over drying your clothes which fries the fibers of the fabric causing extra lint)
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    Jan 13, 2010 7:53 AM GMT
    Mystic_Man saidLook your doing it all wrong...you only wash the darks with the darks and white with the whites...DO YOU need me to show you?

    One last point. Just wear fewer clothing ok!!



    I always do that mom!
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    Jan 13, 2010 8:20 AM GMT
    Mystic_Man saidLook your doing it all wrong...you only wash the darks with the darks and white with the whites...DO YOU need me to show you?

    One last point. Just wear fewer clothing ok!!


    Shouldnt that be "less clohing"? ....fewer clothes...or less clothing?
  • Webster666

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    Jan 13, 2010 9:15 AM GMT
    A) Wash your towels separate from everything else.
    B) Wash your sheets and pillow cases, separate from everything else.
    C) Clean out the lint filter before you use the dryer.
    D) Send your mohair sweaters out.
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    Jan 13, 2010 11:17 AM GMT
    yea the lint trap, yea the cheap dryer - BUT - how much clothes are you putting in the dryer? The lint trap will only work if there's ROOM in there for the lint to reach the trap. Maybe do the drying in smaller batches?

    One of the drawbacks to being Gay - all natural fabrics = lots of lint icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 13, 2010 11:41 AM GMT
    jawrhed saidall natural fabrics = lots of lint icon_rolleyes.gif

    ugh I can't believe I'm about to say all this..

    High quality cotton fabric shouldn't lint much, lint is caused when the small individual strands of cotton are damaged which happens mostly in the drier, the fabrics get knocked around, stretched and shrinks, plus the cotton gets over dried causing the fabric strands to finally break off, if it's a long piece it'll stay in the fabric but eventually it'll break up into smaller bits and come out of the strands that create the lint.

    Linen fabric is even better then cotton, each fiber of linen is longer then cotton, which means it shouldn't produce lint (also Egyptian cotton is also longer strands) unless terribly over dried or had chemicals used that cause the fibers to break.

    using a drier is like committing fabric murder, although pulling out the clothes shortly before they are fully dry is the better option if you need to use a drier.

    also, try to stay away from harsh chemicals usually found in really cheap fabric detergents, most stains can be removed simply by keeping it wet until it's washed and/or applying a gentle detergent directly to the stain.

    I am officially putting my self into the box of shame now!
  • GQjock

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    Jan 13, 2010 12:09 PM GMT
    Oh Tank .... You ARE gay
    Only a gay man would know so much about fabrics
    and I thought you were the kind of guy who emptied out his hamper once a month and threw in a bar of soap and hoped for the best

    Happy to know you're on our team icon_wink.gif

    Now what spray starch do you use?
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    Jan 13, 2010 12:32 PM GMT
    charlitos saidya...its a cheap washing machine....mmmm...i kinda thought that could be one of the reasons why....thanks icon_smile.gif

    Most of the advice given to you so far is valid, especially from Tanker, who like me, must be a laundry artiste. icon_wink.gif

    Many US-made top loaders have lint filters, and the filter in yours may be clogged because of being neglected. That was the case when I moved in with a BF some years ago, and it took me a good hour to get his filter cleaned and working again. But it solved a lint problem we were having, too.

    Also make sure the air flow from the dryer is OK, the outlet not clogged up with lint or otherwise physically constricted. A reduced air flow will not extract lint from the clothes as well, nor will they dry as quickly.

    Your mother likely had good machines in good working order, and I'm sure she sorted the clothes properly, as mentioned in posts above. But don't feel too bad -- US men are traditionally total failures at washing their own clothes well. icon_sad.gif
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    Jan 13, 2010 12:51 PM GMT
    GQjock saidOh Tank .... You ARE gay
    Only a gay man would know so much about fabrics
    and I thought you were the kind of guy who emptied out his hamper once a month and threw in a bar of soap and hoped for the best

    Happy to know you're on our team icon_wink.gif

    Now what spray starch do you use?

    OOOOOH I feel so much shame... SOOO much shame hahaha

    But Rice starch if you can find it, natural starch only works effectively on natural fabrics, I don't use a spray though, I wash business shirts separately, so after the washing machine is done I set up another rinse cycle and add it then, if you iron your shirts when they are still just moist (so the iron on dry will finish the drying) you'll end up with a better set in the fabric that will last longer, sprays unless you saturate the fabric (and I don't recommend doing that) wont absorb much unless you use chemically modified starch and still wet the fabric, but I prefer natural rice starch, it also gives the best finish.

    oh and you shouldn't really need to use starch after each wash, I get a good 4 - 5 wears (depending on how long I wear it, how much I sweat and so on) before starching is needed again and you'll need to spend some time working out how much is right for you, but, it will flake when you use to much.
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    Jan 13, 2010 2:15 PM GMT
    If you are using a top loader, use a gentler setting for the wash cycles.

    Make sure your laundry is sorted by color and I also separate by whether it's a knit or a woven.
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    Jan 13, 2010 11:07 PM GMT
    Dyer Sheet like bounce... and remember to clean the lint trap for the dryer

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