How to Get Fuzz Off Pants

by M.H. Dyer

Even the classiest, most expensive pair of pants are a fashion disaster when they're covered with clinging fuzz and lint. If your pants are made of dark-colored fabric, the fuzz and lint become especially noticeable. Some fabrics -- especially man-made polyester and synthetic fabrics -- are fuzz magnets. There are several simple methods you can try to remove fuzz and lint from your pants. If one lint-removal technique doesn't work, try another.

Tape

Wrap masking tape or duct tape around your hand with the sticky side facing out. Press the sticky tape against the fuzz to lift if from your pants. Replace the tape whenever it loses its stickiness. Tape works best for fuzz that isn't badly stuck.

Pumice

A pumice stone or pumice stick has a rough surface that works much like sandpaper to scrape fuzz and lint from fabric. Use pumice gently because the rough surface may tear a hole in your pants. Pumice is best for sturdy fabrics.

Velcro

Wrap a piece of Velcro tape around your hand, and then use the fuzzy size of the Velcro to remove fuzz and lint. Use a toothpick or tweezers to pull the fuzz and lint from the Velcro.

Razor Blade

A single-sided razor blade works well to trim fuzz and lint from pants but must be used carefully to avoid cutting the fabric. Hold the blade at an angle, and then carefully scrape the blade over the fuzzy area.

Prevention

Always turn your pants inside out before washing. Wash dark pants with dark colors and light pants with light colors. That way, any fuzz isn't as visible. Never wash your pants with fuzzy fabric, such as terrycloth, flannel or chenille. Add a cup of white vinegar to the washing machine to prevent fuzz from sticking, or add a fabric softener in the final rinse cycle.

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About the Author

M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.