How to Use a Lint Roller: The Basics + Clever Hacks

Published March 4, 2021
How to use lint roller

Do you have a lint problem? Find out how to use a lint roller to get debris quickly off your clothes. Explore hacks you can do with a lint roller like cleaning up glass and getting gunk off your electronics. Learn simple tricks for cleaning and storing your lint roller.

How to Use a Lint Roller

Lint rollers come in various types.

  • Disposable lint rollers have a sticky roller where you peel off the adhesive sheet when it becomes crusted with lint and other gunk.

  • Reusable use combs or a washable adhesive to pick up lint.

Unless you have a lint roller with a comb, how you use the disposable or reusable lint roller is pretty simple. To use a lint roller on your shirts, pants, coats, and furniture, simply follow this method.

  1. Make sure the roller is clean.

  2. Roll the lint roller up and down your clothing until all the lint and pet hair is completely gone.

  3. It's as simple as that.

Lint Roller Hacks Around Your Home

While a lint roller is designed to remove lint and pet hair off your clothing and furniture, you can also use it in some pretty ingenious ways around your home. If you have a lint roller handy, try it with these hacks.

Clean a Dirty Car Seat

Children are exceptional at dropping all kinds of things in their car seats. Rather than sticking your hand in the crevices to pull out those old Cheerios or slobbery gummy worms, roll it with a lint roller. It's incredible just how much stuff it can pick up.

Woman hand with Lint roller removing animal hair

Lint Roll Car Mats

Car mats trap dirt. Therefore, hair and other stuff can get tangled in them and make it almost impossible to suck up. Rather than struggling, give them a few rolls with a lint roller.

Lampshade Lint Rolling

Is your lampshade looking a little dusty? Grab a lint roller and be amazed by the difference. You don't even have to remove the shade to give it a few swipes with your lint roller.

Lint Rolling Keyboard

Keyboards and electronics are notorious for picking up skin and grime. Don't try to use a wet cloth for this job. Instead, just roll a lint roller over the keyboard to pick up dirt, hair, and skin flakes.

Clean Broken Glass

When a plate shatters on the floor, it's nearly impossible to get up all those little pieces. After cleaning up the big pieces, grab a lint roller and run it over the floor. Glass shards stick to the adhesive rather than into your feet!

Lint Rolling Drawers

Getting all the dirt and particles out of the crevices of a drawer can be challenging. This is especially true when you are trying to clean out your junk drawer. Rather than fight with the dirt, just roll it with a lint roller. It can fit nicely into those crevices.

Clean Floor Edges With Lint Roller

Do you have dog hair or lint built up on the edges of your floor? Roll it with a lint roller to quickly clean it up and avoid having to sweep. This can be a great way to keep your edges clean between vacuuming.

lint roller on floor

Clean Pockets With Lint Roller

Many people use lint rollers to clean their coat's outside, but they can also work for your pockets. Just stick it in and roll it around a bit. You would be amazed by the things it picks up.

Lint Roll Hair in Bathroom

Hair can be an irritating problem when you are cleaning the bathroom. No matter what you do, it always seems to go back onto your pristine sink. Rather than fighting with it, just grab a lint roller and go to town. A lint roller is indispensable for cleaning up after a beard trim!

Lint Roll Dead Bugs

Are you scared of spiders? Even dead ones? Rather than worrying whether they will mysteriously come back to life in that cloth, roll them with a lint roller. Even if they come back to life, they aren't jumping off.

Clean Glitter or Crafts With Lint Roller

Glitter is fun, but it can also be the bane of your existence when it comes time for clean-up. Roll a lint roller over it a couple of times, and breathe a sigh of relief as it cleans up the glitter explosion.

Clean Around the Edge of Your Couch

Your vacuum can only go so far. So, the edge of your couch can collect dirt and pet hair. Get rid of it quickly by rolling a lint roller over it.

Get Dirt of Screens

Need a quick way to get the dirt off your screens? Give them a few runs with a lint roller to get that breeze flowing again.

How to Peel Lint Roller

If you have a disposable lint roller, you have to peel the adhesive off when it gets caked with debris. Doing this is pretty simple.

  1. Feel for the perforated edge down the roller.
  2. Start at the corner and gently peel off the adhesive to reveal fresh tape.
  3. Peel up, downward, or across until you have a good grasp on the adhesive sheet.
  4. Pull it all off until a clean sheet is revealed.
  5. Dispose of the used adhesive sheet.
A lint brush used to remove excess fabric and particles from cloth

How to Clean a Lint Roller

Cleaning a reusable lint roller depends on the type that you have. However, for most, you can follow these instructions.

  1. Press the buttons to pop out the roller.

  2. Run it under water.

  3. Allow it to air dry.

  4. Pop it back onto the roller.

  5. Put the protective cap back on it.

How to Store a Lint Roller

Reusable lint rollers typically have a protective cover. However, for disposable lint rollers, there are a few ways you can store them.

  • Place the lint roller back into the original packaging to ensure it doesn't get dust on it.

  • Stand it up on the roller head in a closet with other cleaning supplies. Peel off the old layer of adhesive when using it again.

  • Find a small box that the roller's head fits in and cut a notch in the side, so the roller slides into it at the roller part. Put the lid on it and store it. This helps to keep it dirt-free.

How to Use and Care for a Lint Roller

Lint rollers can come in handy in many different situations that you might not even think of. Part of the fun of cleaning is always trying to think out of the box with your cleaning tools. You never know what you can do with a dryer sheet or a lint roller until you try.

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How to Use a Lint Roller: The Basics + Clever Hacks