How to avoid lint when washing clothes video
A clean, fresh-smelling pile of laundry can give you a warm, fuzzy feeling—unless those warm fuzzies are flecks of lint all over your clothes. This video shows how you can prevent that lint from forming in the washer with easy tips on how to sort clothes correctly, proper load size and why water temperature makes a difference.
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Tips on how to avoid lint on your clothes
Sort lint givers such as towels, flannel and sweatshirts from lint takers such as nylon, polyester and corduroy.
Don’t overload the machine. This can trap lint.
Check pockets for items such as tissues or paper, which can leave lint behind.
Keep water above 60 degrees and use the right amount of detergent. Water that’s too cold may not dissolve the detergent, which helps remove lint.
Select a wash cycle such as normal or delicate that spins clothes slower. High-speed or heavy-duty cycles can break down fabric fibers, causing more lint.
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