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  1. judi | | #1

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    did that get anyone's attention? This problem has haunted me for years: I make my blouses out of a mostly cotton,some poly mix, usually whites and pastels. I am super duper careful about sorting laundry, and I use only good quality interfacing. Despite my efforts, icky grey/black lint is attracted to the inside seams like a magnet, especially corners of collars and pockets. I suspect my washing machine (admiral, with a "built in" lint filter that I can't find) is the culprit, but the manufacturer and service techs just tell me to sort my laundry (like I hadn't figured that out already). I use either tide or sunlight, usually bounce no perfume dryer sheet but downy in the summer when I use the clothes line. Still the lint. does anyone have any ideas? I would be forever grateful...getting tired of ripping out collars to dig the lint out of the corner with the tweezers!

    1. Marian_ | | #2

      *Judi, I've had that problem, too, and so did my mother--the ultimate laundry perfectionist. It really bugged me when I washed my felt mattress cover ALONE. It went into the washer looking pretty good and came out with big clumps of gray lint almost ground into it, and I had to scrape them off with my fingernails. The answer seems to be adding fabric softener to the rinse cycle. It acts like hair rinse--the "snarls" that held the yucky stuff went away. I hope that this helps you--I'm not sure just how effective it is when it comes to pocket lint.

      1. Diane | | #3

        *The lint filter in my washing machine, a Maytag, collects an amazing amount of lint that needs to be emptied out. Maybe yours needs to be emptied too, if you can only find it. Mine is in the central post. I presume the repair people you have talked to don't think that is the problem, but that stuff has to go somewhere. Just a thought.

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