Lint is a problem, particularly with knitwear, and while it's soft and fluffy it isn't cute.
Many a perfect white outfit has been ruined by an attack of dark lint, and how my heart sinks when my little black dress comes out of the dryer looking like it was out in the snow.
Here are some quick ideas on how to eliminate lint, followed by reviews of the best lint removers currently on sale.
7 Items That Are Good at Removing Lint From Clothes
- Scotch tape (for very small amounts)
- Sticky contact paper
- A pumice stone
- A single-blade razor (achtung!)
- A scouring pad (slightly damp)
- A dryer sheet (slightly damp) - rub it against the lint while gently blowing warm air over the area
- An actual lint remover, as used by professional clothes designers, tailors, and so on
Whether plugged into the mains or battery operated, a lint remover will quickly and easily get your sweater looking as good as new. Gone are the days of messy, awkward sticky paper rolls – now, you can drop a battery operated lint remover brush into your luggage, and you're good to go.
A lint remover brush can be used on anything from sweaters to suits, but you want to make sure you're buying the best. Once you've found the lint brush that's right for you, we guarantee it'll be your new best friend! So, have a look at our reviews of some of the best lint removers on Amazon, including battery operated lint brushes, and make the smart choice.
The 6 Best Lint Removers
New Entry for 2018! The Beautural Portable Fabric Shaver and Lint Remover has several great features including variable speed, shave height adjustment, and a 12-month warranty.
It'll make short work of fabric bobbles, is light enough to pack into a suitcase, and has been described as 'the perfect lint shaver'.
The Simohome Lint Fabric Shaver has a stainless steel grille, which protects your fabric from the stainless steel blades that will gently but firmly shave away lint. The Simohome is a corded lint remover. This means there are no batteries to worry about or replace.
Using a lint remover is almost intuitive, and the Simohome is no exception, despite the slight confusion caused by poorly-worded instructions, which have been translated into English from the original Chinese.
The Simohome lint remover runs at 6,000rpm, giving a quick, professional result. Your garments will be lint free, and undamaged, in minutes..
It is worth noting that, like most electric or battery-operated lint removers, the Simohome is not suitable for use on long-fiber or delicate fabrics, such as silk or cashmere. These fabrics are best treated with a manual lint brush.
The Pure Enrichment Electric Lint Remover offers the convenience of a battery-operated lint brush, taking two AAA batteries to easily remove lint from your favorite garments and fabrics. It is fabric friendly, and gentle on even delicate items.
Its lightweight, portable design makes the Pure Enrichment the ideal addition to your vacation or business packing, while the battery operation means you won't have to worry about incompatible hotel sockets if you're travelling abroad.
Dog owners, however, may be disappointed, as the Pure Enrichment doesn't seem to be as good at removing dog hair as it is at removing lint and general fluff. If you're a dog (or cat) person, the best advice is to get a pet whose fur matches the colors you prefer to wear.
The H&PC-81494 Electric Lint Remover provides efficient, effective lint removal via its stainless steel blades. A stainless steel grille protects your clothes from the blades while you're using the lint remover, which is corded, meaning no batteries to replace.
This lint brush is, like its fellows, easy to use, although it can sometimes be a little slow, especially on large or thick fabrics.
This lint remover is very similar in style and function to the Simohome, although the Simohome does come out on top in user reviews. If you want to know for sure, for yourself – why not buy both? It never hurts to carry a spare, after all!
The Toshinecare Deluxe Lint Remover is battery-operated, taking four C batteries. Having a battery-operated lint brush really is the best option, as not only do you not have to worry about compatible sockets when travelling abroad, you also have full range and freedom of movement. This means you can easily remove lint from larger clothes, curtains, and large areas of fabric and upholstery.
However, there's no need to panic if your batteries die on you, as the Toshinecare can also be used with A/C power, so you can just switch out, and keep going.
One of the drawbacks of the Toshinecare is that it is not recommended for more than a minute – 60 seconds – of continual use. And, as it goes, you'll be stopping at least this frequently to empty the lint collection tray. Obviously, this is frustrating, particularly if you have a sweater that's covered in lint.
Finally, the Atalanta Honesttrade Multifunctional Rechargeable Electric Lint Remover has three blades for optimum lint removal. It is easy to use, running either off A/C power, or as a battery-operated lint brush, thanks to its integral, rechargeable battery. This battery cannot be replaced, but is rechargeable. Once the battery has reached the end of its life, the lint brush will still run from A/C power.
The Atalanta battery-operated lint brush is ideal for smaller garments, and, like most lint removers, is easy to use.
More Tips on How to Remove Lint from Clothes
- Prevention is better than cure. Turn at-risk clothes inside out before washing.
- If a garment is already 'infested' then pop it in the dryer with a dryer sheet. Obviously you should empty the filters to allow more lint to be extracted.
- Don't store fluffy knitwear next to things made from mohair.
- Sometimes vinegar can be helpful when added to the last cycle in the washing machine.
- Maybe you could actually use the lint that builds up on your clothes and in your dryer? Check out this article from Danby.