How to Remove Washed Paper from Laundry


Aphrodite asked: How can I remove paper from clothes? I washed my jeans and my shirts and there was probably a piece of paper somewhere. I washed them twice, but the paper wasn’t removed. It’s everywhere! Please help.

We’ve all done it. You open the washing machine to switch the laundry and see little white bits of wet paper covering your clothing. Sometimes this paper can easily be removed and caught in the lint trap while drying. Other times it sticks like glue. If the latter is the case for you, here’s what you can do.

You Will Need:

  • Plenty of patience!
  • Stiff brush
  • Lint brush
  • Lint roller
  • Wide tape

Steps to Remove the Bits of Paper:

  1. Begin by removing each piece of wet laundry and shake it out really good. Try to dislodge as much of the paper as possible.
  2. For stubborn areas, use a brush to loosen the stuck papers.
  3. Shake again and place into the dryer.
  4. Dry as normal.
  5. Some of the paper will be removed in the dryer.
  6. For the remaining papers, first try brushing it loose with a soft brush.
  7. To remove the last bits, wrap a wide piece of tape around your hand so the sticky side is facing out.
  8. Press the tape on the bits of paper and remove. The paper should stick to the tape. If the paper is not too strongly adhered, a lint roller can be used in place of the tape.

Additional Tips and Ideas

  • Make it a habit to always check the pockets of all clothing items prior to washing to avoid this happening in the future.
  • For less severe cases, simply rewashing and drying the laundry will remove the bits of paper.
  • For quicker removal on wet clothes, the shower can work well. Use the force of hot water to blast the paper off of the clothing.


  1. Aphrodite says:

    Thanks a lot… it really worked! Now I don’t have to throw out my jeans… :)

  2. I’m always leaving a tissue in a pocket, and I find that a lot of paper comes out in the dryer. I’d try that first before going nutso with steps 1-3. Then, work on the stubborn bits if you need to.

  3. Cardigan Problem says:

    What about on a cardigan? It can’t go through the dryer.

  4. Try using just a lint roller. Check the cardigan tag and the settings on your dryer; even if you don’t normally dry the sweater, you may be able to toss it in the dryer without heat for a couple minutes.

  5. I had a awful mess on some clothes that had a Kleenex go through wash. I just put them through a long wash and rinse again, and the paper disintegrated…yahoo!

  6. No need to rewash the clothes or put them through the dryer; just use a squeegee
    over the garment. This also works to remove pet hair from sofa or rug.

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