Lint that collects in a washing machine can derange it or produce an unpleasant smell that will impair even your washed clothes.
If your washing machine doesn’t have a lint trap, the link can block the draining hose. To avoid all these possible problems, you should buy a lint trap for the washing machine or make it with your own hands.
If you choose the last variant, here are the instructions for the handmade lint trap.
You will need a plastic mesh bag. It is a standard package for fruits or nuts, so it is not a problem to get the one. Remove all paper or textile parts of the mesh bag, as they will mold inside the washer.
Lint Trap For the Washing machine, both ends of the mesh bag, are open, you need to bind the one with the help of a twist tie or some wire, threading it through the cells. You should get something that resembles a sock or a little bag.
Another end of the mesh bag also needs to be threaded loosely with another piece of wire with two small wire parts left free from both sides.
Put the mesh bag around the tube end that drains into the sink and tie up the free wire pieces. That’s all!
Such a handmade lint trap for a washing machine will gain efficiency while it will collect some lint. Such a filter should be changed once per half-year, at least, as the accumulated dust can block the water drain and cause mildew.
However, it costs nothing, so there is no problem to change the lint trap regularly. It will prolong your washer’s life and make its use safer.
If there is no mesh bag, you can use old pantyhose; a foot end will be perfect for making a lint filter. Just make sure it sits tightly enough on drain tube, doesn’t spin off even if to apply some pressure or air blow.
Pantyhose are made of stretchy material, so it is essential not to make a filter too long, as this may block the drain.
The main problem of lint traps is the odor that may appear after a couple of wash cycles. It is better to keep the washer lid open to enable the filter to dry out until the next wash.
In this case, there won’t be a smelly odor for quite a long time. If you feel that it doesn’t disappear for quite a long time, remove this and put the new one.