When lint forms into small nodules, this is called pilling. This process is started by friction and movement – or even cleaning in the washing machine. This often affects clothing made from natural materials such as wool or cotton. But textiles made from synthetic fibers can also have unsightly knots. So they say nothing about the quality or origin of the material, but are to be understood as a kind of annoying side effect. The question arises: How can lint be removed? And can they perhaps even be prevented?

Depending on whether you want to remove stubborn pilling or loose lint, there are different options and live hacks:

To ensure that less lint forms on your clothes (unfortunately it cannot be completely avoided), you can take preventive measures: A general recommendation is to always turn the laundry inside out before cleaning it in the machine – this will reduce friction be reduced. It can also be helpful to put the textiles in a fine laundry net before each wash. And empty your pockets beforehand. Another recommendation is to wash delicate clothing by hand and not to put it in the dryer. However, you should avoid adding vinegar before each wash cycle, as it is intended to reduce the static charge (and thus the formation of pills), but it also damages the rubber seals of the machine.

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