Removing Lint and Hair in the Washer or Dryer.

Cynthia S
by Cynthia S
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I can't seem to get my dark clothes lint or hair free in the washer or dryer. Years ago I had a washer that strained the water now they don't make a model like that. Any suggestions?
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  • Building Moxie Building Moxie on Dec 19, 2013
    hi @Cynthia S ... if lint is the issue, my guess is it is more the dryer than the washer. While regularly cleaning the lint track is a necessity. It is important too to occasionally 1. clean the link compartment/housing (this is typically done with a vacuum) as well as 2. clean the dryer vent where lint can get caught up. This should be done once a year and also helps minimize fire risk. Dryer Vent Cleaning Kits can be found online and at the home centers. A vacuum and or a dust brush/mop may also be useful here. Good luck and found this video on YouTube below which may help. ~jb

  • Nancy Spencer Carlson Nancy Spencer Carlson on Dec 19, 2013
    I remember some models that had a large plastic tray that went over the aggitator that the water poured through, catching an amazing amount of lint... Nothing good seems to remain in the marketplace... So, now there are lint balls. Check out this selection from Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3ADryer%20Lint%20Balls

    • It Makes Scents It Makes Scents on Dec 21, 2013
      @Nancy Spencer Carlson I remember those washers. The water would circulate throughout the wash cycle into the strainer.

  • Tanya L M Tanya L M on Dec 19, 2013
    Amazon link went no where. If they are the small green and pink ones. I have had them for years. We have 1 long hair cat. No lint, no hair ever on them. The cats have more fun playing with them than collecting any lint. Lint brushes. Not the sticky kind. The ones that have a red sort of material. Even those fail with really stubborn lint (tiny). Love to hear if anyone has a solution for this. And yes I clean out my dryer - at least once a month.

  • Vicky Slone Vicky Slone on Dec 19, 2013
    WIPE THE WASHER OUT BEFORE WASHING DARK CLOTHES,,AND I USE A DRYER BOUNCE BAR THAT STICKS IN THE DRYER,,AS WELL AS DRYER SHEETS,,SO FAR IT DOES VERY WELL,

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Dec 20, 2013
    With the new washers, there is a "clean" cycle. You may not have a clean cycle, but you may need to run a cycle in your washer using only 1/3 cup bleach. Won't hurt to try it!

  • Carol S Carol S on Dec 20, 2013
    I need more information - Top load of front loading? What is the source of the lint? Be specific - it will get you better answers. For every problem the is a resolution or a salution.

  • Tabby Tabby on Dec 20, 2013
    You can also use a microfiber cleaning cloth in the dryer to grab lint. DON'T use it with with towels, furry/fuzzy clothes or other lint-producing fabrics. Don't use it with fabric softener of any kind. Don't wash Microfiber cloths with laundry soap, or any kind of soap, or bleach, that ruins the fibers. Basically just keep one to throw in your dryer. When it seems full of lint, throw it away and get another one at dollar store. You really only need it for nice dress clothes. Sweaters and Blankets are too fuzzy for this idea. I have two dogs that have soft rabbit-like fur. My front-loader Electrolux set did really good getting my Labrador's fur off but these two collies' fur is unbelievable.

  • Erin G Erin G on Dec 21, 2013
    @Cynthia S I have 4 cats and often look after friends' dogs, PLUS my daughter & I BOTH have long hair ... oh and we love our sweaters & fleece clothes, so we have MAJOR lint issues! Is your washing machine one of the new HE models? If it is, you need to clean out the "pump filter" as well as clean out the rubber seal around the door -- if you have pets or fleece or sweater, also keep a microfibre cloth on the washer so you can wipe it out after each load. The problem with the new machines is that there isn't enough water to "swish" the lint out like the older ones. The pump filer is a biggie, though -- mine stopped draining properly and I couldn't figure out the problem, the manual just said "Not drainiing - pump filter is clogged" but NOTHING on how to clean it!! Now, there are lots of videos on YouTube how to find and clean it out. THAT is usually the problem, too, with smell -- lots of people buy those HE washer cleaner tablets, but if the filter is clogged, the clog starts to back up the hoses, leaving that smell behind. When I finally got mine open, it was sooo clogged it was like a sock was stuffed into it! For my dryer, I bought a Lint Lizard tool, it has an attachment to a hose that makes it small enough to reach into the lint filter area, as well as a little clear hose that attaches to that. PLUS, check your lint vent hose and actual vent to outside -- if it's clogged, and they get REALLY clogged, you'll have problems in that as well as a major fire hazard! I use a crochet hook to clean mine out, but I really desperately need to pull the entire hose out of the back & vacuum it, too. ALSO, the back of the dryer drum will get VERY linty,, too -- again, if you've never cleaned that area use a small crochet hook (Unplug it first!) Hope that helps!