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Updated on Thursday, January 16

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QUESTION: I keep getting little linty fuzz balls attaching themselves to all my lace bras and undies. Girls: do you have any tricks on how to get rid of them or how to prevent it from happening? I've tried picking them out but it just tears at the fabric.

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  1. you can wash your bras inside a garment bag that helps sometimes

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  2. It's called pilling and it's just usual degradation of the fabric. You can't really stop it, though you can slow it down by hand washing your bras/underwear or use a garmet bag, and also hang dry instead of using the dryer.

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    1. I second this. It's a pain, but I hand wash all my really nice underwear and tops to keep them as long as possible.

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    2. OP here, the weird thing is the lint bald aren't the same color as the material on my undies/bras. It's like they're stealing fabric from the other clothes.

      But helpful! I will have to try a garmet bag. Where can I get one?

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    3. I think I got mine at bed, bath and beyond or some similar store. Anywhere you can get a laundry hamper you can usually get a garment bag.

      Re: different colors, that's when the little bits of fabric come off your assorted garments and attach to other ones :P You can reduce this significantly by air drying!

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  3. don't wash it wish your socks or knit sweaters

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  4. maybe I'm misunderstanding but it sounds like you're putting your lace undies/bras in the drier? Just let them air dry

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    1. Nope. They have never gone in the drier.

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  5. - Wash them in laundry bags
    - Air dry them
    - To remove lint balls, you can just use plain old masking tape. :)

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    1. Or use an old razor on the lint balls

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    2. I was going to suggest the razor as well.

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  6. It's because it's a synthetic fiber. That doesn't happen as much with fabrics that aren't nylon or polyester. You may want to switch to cotton.

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    1. Do you have any recommendations on where to buy pretty, full lace underwear and bras that are cotton? I currently shop exclusively at aerie as I don't like La Senza.

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    2. Cotton lace is not a thing for a reason. The rest of the bra/underwear is another matter. Actually 6, cotton is *much* worse for pilling than the usual artificial fabrics for bras. It's only the "soft" kinds of artificial fabrics that have that quality.

      I buy the plainest bras la senza has (so free I think?) because there's no difference doing that or buying online.brastop.com in terms of price. I buy all my non-shaped/padded cup bras from brastop.com.

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  7. The bra I'm wearing now is from H&M, balconette style, cotton/lace detailing everywhere except the cups. It's never had any problems with pilling and according to the other one I have (still has tags on it/same style), the trim is a cotton nylon blend so its still a compromise but if you want lace it will have to do. Jacob lingerie might also have something. I don't like la senza either...too many logos

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  8. You can try getting something called a "Fabric shaver". I use it to remove lint balls from my clothes :)

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