Old washing machines used to recirculate the water through a strainer that would trap lint and dirt and you would dump it after each use. But newer ones lack this. (we have both a front loader and a top loader)....the water is just used once and then drains out and a lot of lint is left on the clothes.....I think the assumption is that people now all have a dryer and the dryer lint trap catches the lint left on the clothes in the washer. But we hang our clothes out, and they end up with lint etc. left on them. Fine for farm clothes but not so much for "town clothes". We think it might help to do the "town clothes" in a lot less of a full load....trying to dilute the lint in more water......but that seems like a waste of water. Does any one else out there committed to line drying have this problem and have thought of an answer?
We have never had a dryer and I grew up without one. I see lint if I wash a white towel with black t shirts but otherwise I guess I just don't notice. We do generally use a second rinse and pretty loose loads (top loading). When We visit someone and wash and dry things I do see a lot of lint in the dryer filter. Now I'll have to check out my 'town clothes' for lint. Used to be when we carried around the babies I would end up doing a whole town trip with baby spit up down my back and never notice until I got home:)
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I'm eager to hear suggestions on this problem too. Lint isn't such a biggie for me, but cat hair loves fleece and I live with two. After a little lap time in shedding season I look a bit like a cat myself.
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