Washing and drying your clothes will always come with one downfall: lint. These microfibers can escape your laundry machine filters and drift into the air. Learn more about the fabric particles floating around your home and how to reduce them.
Lint is fuzz made up of fine pieces of yarn and fabric, better known as microfibers. You likely see this material stuck to your clothes or caught in the lint traps of your laundry dryer. As the dryer spins clothes and vents moist air, lint collects in the dryer’s filter.
But even with a dryer lint trap, the laundry process still contributes to indoor air pollution. Washers and dryers both release microfibers — washers when they drain, dryers when they vent. During their tumble cycles, dryers have far more discharge than washers do, and the microfibers find their way into the air.¹
Lint contributes to indoor air pollution, as it can contain chemicals from common household products and other substances picked up from your surroundings.²