By Katie Berry August 17. 2023
Wash heavier clothes like jeans and shirts with buttons separate from delicates and knits to minimize the abrasion that causes pilling.
The outside of fabric is more delicate. Turning clothes inside out protects the delicate side from friction.
The less friction when washing clothes, the fewer pills will result. So, use the gentle cycle for delicate fabrics, especially sweaters and knits.
You can also use mesh bags to protect delicates in the washer. Just be sure to add only one item to each bag to reduce friction and prevent pilling.
High temperatures weaken fabrics, which leads to clothing pills. Choose low settings for tumble dryers, or line dry to reduce friction altogether.
Fabrics like linen and high-quality cotton have long fibers that resist breakage, so they pill less. Synthetics are also resistant to pilling.