Lint and fluff on shirts - what can you do about it?

What needs to be considered when washing to prevent lint and fluff on shirts?

Perfect would be a washing process with a "high water level" and if possible, only smooth fabrics should be washed, which do not lint or fluff. Garments that are prone to linting are long fiber fabrics, e.g. in knitwear, underwear or even socks. It would be ideal if you only wash a washing machine with shirts. For example, only wash white shirts or only black or dark shirts together. Flannel shirts made of long fiber fabrics should e.g. should not be washed, as lint and lint will dissolve out of these materials and spread to all other garments.

Does it make sense to turn the shirts to the left before washing?

In principle, it makes sense to turn the shirt on left. And if the collar and the cuffs can be additionally beaten inward so that the life of shirts are extended. Especially the edges of the cuffs or the collar tips are protected during the washing process before the "drum rubbing" and extends the life.

Laundry bag yes or no?

When used against lint and fluff on shirts, a laundry bag tends to be counterproductive. Although the sack spares the tissue, but prevents the lint from washing out of the dirty shirt and the lint and fiber remains in the negative case on the shirt.

After washing, dry the shirt in the dryer?

Yes, if the fabric material gives up drying. Please carefully check the care instructions of the manufacturer beforehand. If you throw a shirt into the dryer that is not suitable, you may get the shirt back 1 to 2 times smaller from the dryer. I.d.R. you will have positive experiences when using a dryer against lint and fluff. Just turn your dryer "cold" and let it run for a few minutes to remove lint.

What needs to be considered when ironing?

The ironing pad on your ironing board should be lint-free. These are ironing pads also usually. It is definitely worth checking this before ironing. In case of doubt, simply put on a new ironing board pad so that you can be completely sure and can rule out this source of error. Tips on how to iron your shirt perfectly can be found on the following page.

How should I store my shirts?

You can fold the shirts and put them on top of each other or just hang them on a hanger and store them in a wardrobe. Important is the storage separately from garments which are made of long-fiber textiles. It is best to reserve exclusively a compartment or a cupboard compartment exclusively for your shirts. You do not run the risk of lint and lint from other clothes on your freshly laundered shirts.

It is also conceivable the use of a garment bag with zipper, for. for black or dark shirts, which are more threatened by lint and lint. Another option is to store the shirts on "left" and turn to the right just before putting them on to prevent the unnecessary deposit of lint.

Fluff on the shirt, what can I do?

You can try to remove lint or lint with your dryer - just set it to "cold" and let it "run" for a few minutes. Or you can use a classic lint roller, or a damp cloth to lint. If you do not have any of the options mentioned, you can also use a simple tape and dab off the lint from the shirt with the sticky side.


It is generally the case that lint and fluff not only "land" on dark, but on all shirts, no matter what color. Unfortunately you can see them on dark or even black shirts rather than on bright ones and it bothers you more. The counterpart does not care or he does not see the lint because he does not look at you as profoundly as you do, or simply because he can not see the lint because of his distance from you. So do not be "crazy" and enjoy your shirts.

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