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Preventing Excessive Lint on a Washer Load

Preventing Excessive Lint on your Clothing

Are you using HE High Efficiency detergent?

Regular detergent creates too many suds for HE washers. The residue from the suds may appear as lint. Use only HE High Efficiency detergent.

Are you washing new clothing, towels, or linen items?

New clothes, new towels, or linen items tend to create more lint in the first few washes. Washing new clothing inside out will help reduce the amount of lint in the cycle. 

Were you washing a large load? 

  • The load must be balanced and not tightly packed. 
  • Load should move freely. Lint can be trapped in the load if the washer is tightly packed. 
  • Add only one or two items when the "Add a Garment" light is on. Wash smaller loads.

Was the laundry sorted?

Sort loads before laundering. Sort lint-producing fabrics (towels, chenille) from lint takers (corduroys, synthetics, permanent press). Also, sort by color-lights with lights and darks with darks. Turn denim jeans and khaki pants inside out to wash.

Was tissue or paper left in pockets?

Always check all pockets and the interior of the washer before starting a new load of laundry. The lint may be caused by paper or tissues left in pockets.

Did you line-dry the load of laundry?

You can expect some lint on your laundered items when line drying. A dryer's air movement and tumbling removes lint from the laundry load.

Did you select a high-speed wash action cycle or a long wash time?

Cycles such as a heavy-duty or Super Wash use high-speed wash action and longer wash times for sturdy fabrics. Some loosely constructed fabrics, such as low-twist terry cloth towels, will produce more lint in cycles with higher-speed wash action. Choose cycles with less wash time and/or lower wash speeds to reduce lint.

Did you use enough detergent?

Follow the detergent manufacturer's directions. Use enough detergent to hold the lint in the water. Use only HE High-Efficiency detergent in an HE machine.

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Is your water colder than 60°F (15.6°C)?

Wash water colder than 60°F (15.6°C) may not completely dissolve the detergent. Always use the hottest wash temperature per the care label of the clothing being washed.

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