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black clothes and lint - how do you cope???

Old Apr 20th, 2009, 06:12 AM
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black clothes and lint - how do you cope???

hi all
i dont usually travel in black clothes because i dont usually invest in them
however
this time
i am packing a couple of black pants of different weights and styles for russia and scandinavia, thinking they will serve me well in the city touring
i bought some great walking shoes too - black

i have bought a lint roller ( which promptly broke and now i have three refills ..bummer)
and i have mini travel size lint brush

but im tempted to just pack some packaging tape and do the de-linting with it wrapped round my hand or even using the 'waxing method' lol

any hints?

my hairdresser, a horse lover, told me the trick was to put soiled clothes into a dryer prior to washing to get lint and hair off dark clothing but im not confident...
i hardly use the dryer, preferring to dry naturally, and im scared garments will shrink...
but it sounds like a dream - to get all the fluff off in one go!

what do you people think? obviously i cant rely on the dryer method when travelling...'
do you pick up much lint on aircraft?
has anyone used the 'wet cloth' method?

any help appreciated
( and, no , im not re-thinking the black pants lol- theyre definitely coming even if i do end up looking like a lamington!!)
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Old Apr 20th, 2009, 06:23 AM
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Lint? Really. You're worried about lint?
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Old Apr 20th, 2009, 06:32 AM
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Maybe you're a lint magnet LOL but I wear black all the time, especially when traveling and don't have lint on me (or not enough to worry about). Do you have pets (cats and dogs do shed and leave fur, especially on black). I guess the blankets on planes will leave lint but by the time I've arrived a little lint is the last thing I'm worried about.

Putting the clothes in the dryer for a few minutes will not shrink them. I always put my clothes in the dryer for about 5 minutes to get the excess water out and remove wrinkles so I don't have to iron them and then hang them up to dry. Works great.

A damp (not wet) wash cloth will remove wrinkles but it could leave more lint on black clothes.

I'd buy another lint roller and bring that if you're really worried about lint.

I think you should have this post moved to the lounge; you'll get some interesting answers there.

Bon Voyage!
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Old Apr 20th, 2009, 06:43 AM
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lol artsbabe
i worry a lot

and it just so happens, according to my calendar, the time has come to worry about lint

i HATE ABHOR lint

i notice lint on people before i notice their hair colour!


now over to adrienne

it is not the dogs im worried about
it is my flokati rugs ( thanks to the greeks for that)
who woulda predicted all that shedding by an inanimate object?
no sooner do i let go of a pant leg than it becomes a magnet for all the flokati floaters

i need some machine/ device that will suspend my pants so i can leap into them

or i need to learn to levitate


i admire lint-free people....
(from afar)

i dare not go near them
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Old Apr 20th, 2009, 07:21 AM
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Well, there is a reason why dryers have lint traps. They're very good at removing lint. If you leave the house lint-free, and don't bring those greek rugs with you, you should be fine.
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Old Apr 20th, 2009, 07:44 AM
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Unless you live in a house with pets I don;t understand why lint is such an issue. (Hairs from blac/white/grey cats was a problem - it showed up on everything.)

And if your rugs are shedding that muchI would be more concerned aobut what you're breathing in than what's on yuor pants. Have you had them professionally cleaned? If you have and they're still shedding like that I would dump them.
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Old Apr 20th, 2009, 08:40 AM
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I've never had a lint roller break. I take one of the small travel sized ones as well as a small folding lint brush. You could, I suppose, take a small travel roll of duct tape as it is useful for many other purposes also.

I wear a lot of black and one of my pet peeves is white restaurant napkins that always leave lint on my clothes.

Of course, I also have a Golden Retriever so I'm constantly using my lint brushes. I keep one by the back door so as I leave the house, I can give myself a quick swipe!
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I was just pondering this dilemma the other day as I was trying to get dog hair and lint off of my clothes. I wondered why some people never have lint and I am constantly warring with it.

Take one of those brushes that are sort of rough material that you can use over and over, I have one that flips direction and I always take that on a trip. I have a larger one for the room and a small one in my purse.

Yes, napkins in fine restaurants put lint on my black clothes. That is a problem I haven't worked out yet, sometimes the white tablecloths
leave lint too. I was thinking of taking a black napkin to put under the restaurant's white one.
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Old Apr 20th, 2009, 10:20 AM
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I wear black all the time and don't have any lint problem and don't travel with lint rollers. The idea of putting clothes in the dryer first sounds goofy to me, but as I said, I have never had a lint problem. If you are washing clothes, they would have to be cotton or a synthetic, wouldn't they? In which case if you had lint, you could brush it off, couldn't you? I would think the things lint sticks to a lot would be wool and things like that which you wouldn't be putting in the washer (except maybe fleece, which is poly and can be a lint magnet).

I do have a lint problem when I visit my sister who has a dog that has white hair and sheds all over, but don't see any real problem when traveling as you wouldn't be around pets.

I think you should not worry so much about trivial things
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Old Apr 20th, 2009, 10:26 AM
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We live with two fawn pugs that shed ALOT, and I basically only wear black...I use one of those sticky lint remover rollers...works like a charm!
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Maybe people who have a lot of static in their bodies attract a lot of lint. I don't seem to have a problem with either static or lint but then I'm not that picky about lint. I do notice that the airplane blankets shed a lot on black clothes.
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Fabric softener sheets in the dryer helps alleviate it. DH's black nylon socks were lint magnets (not to mention that they got lost in the armpits and crotches of other pieces of apparel not to be disovered until embarrassing moments in public when the sock fell out) until we tried this.
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Old Apr 20th, 2009, 08:40 PM
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Christina!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
worrying over lint is not a trivial thing!!!!!!!

when travelling i am representing my country
who knows who i may offend with careless brush of a linty garment
come on!
share the world!
lol

you know i could be worried about a cancerous mole but that only happens on weekends- since it is a weekday i am free to worry about lint

i think we should have one international day for lint sufferers

now what ribbon can we wear???
just about every colour is taken

i love the way lint in the machine always comes out the same colour
i think lint is Gods true little marvels

jamikins
i sympathise with the pug situation
the one reason i didnt get one- after i saw the breeders backyard...looked like it was a snow field and we dont get snow here!


adrienne
i like your theory
maybe it isnt static
maybe it is just that electric quality
that spark i have lol lol
'animal magnetism'
it sure attracts the gypsies when i travel - so it isnt just lint, see


haha TDudette- the blackhole of sockdom
that is funny!
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Old Apr 20th, 2009, 08:45 PM
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i cant just 'dump' my flokati rugs

theyre made of wool- not asbestos fibres!

i consider them 'organic' lol


if my kids get to live with me, so do my flokati rugs
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Thanks lanejohann! I guess dye-ing one's animals black is a bad idea....
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Old Apr 20th, 2009, 08:59 PM
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I have a real problem with lint on my black clothes, also. I usually hang my slacks to dry, since I don't want them to shrink. I certainly am not shrinking these days, so my pants had better not either! So, I put the dry slacks and a fabric softener sheet in the dryer and set the dryer on "air fluff" for about 10 - 15 minutes. This helps remove the lint. I believe some synthetic fabrics just attract lint. I also use Static guard.
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Old Apr 20th, 2009, 09:00 PM
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gothic pets
now..theres an idea!
but black flokati---that is dangerous decorating

reeks of devildom and sacrificial victims!
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Old Apr 20th, 2009, 09:16 PM
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When I'm traveling, I take the baggage tag off my suitcase, wrap it around my hand, and take lint off that way.
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Marsh - I think my theory about lint and static is true. You get lint and need static guard.

landjohann - you do have a spark. I hope your sparky self and your lint free garments are representing the USA!
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Old Apr 20th, 2009, 10:01 PM
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I meant lanejohann - can't type!
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