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How to remove tissue from wet laundry

29 Jul 2013

Put your clothing in the drier and give it a spin. The drier’s lint collector will catch most of the tiny pieces of paper.

A lot of people have had the tissue-in-the-wash experience, which often comes about when we fail, in our rush to get the job done, to empty our clothes pockets before loading the washing machine.

Getting rid of the resultant bits of tissue or paper can be a nightmare, especially when you’re dealing with wet laundry. For less severe cases, simply rewashing and drying your clothes will solve the issue, but what about the not-so-easy cases?

Here’s how to remove shredded bits of paper from wet laundry…

1. Start off by getting rid of as much ‘debris’ as you possibly can by shaking out your clothes. The clumps of unattached tissue should fall off easily; ridding your garments of most of the damage.

2. Put your clothing in the dryer and give it a spin. The dryer's lint collector will catch most of the tiny pieces of paper.

To avoid future laundry mishaps, get into the habit of checking your clothes pockets before every wash.

If you don’t own a dryer, you could pick off the larger pieces of tissue by hand before hanging your clothes up to dry. Using a soft scrubbing brush, gently brush off the remaining fluff.

Be careful when brushing over embellishments or delicate fabric.

3. Once your clothes have dried, it becomes harder to remove the bits of tissue that are left over because they have dried on to your shirt or pants. You can use a soft brush or wet cloth to loosen these pieces before shaking out your garments again.

4. If anything is left over, use sticky tape or lint roller to get rid of it.

Alternatively you could also use a dry foam sponge or rubber glove to sweep away the lint.

To avoid future laundry mishaps, get into the habit of checking your clothes pockets before every wash. – Katlego Sekano 

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Katlego Sekano

Katlego Sekano

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