My old apartment never seemed to warm up. We used to keep the heat set at 70, which felt more like 63. When my roommate moved out in December, I started keeping it much lower to cut costs. To compensate, I brought out a set of flannel sheets and a fuzzy blanket I had deemed too warm to use in the past.
Sure, this combination allowed me to sleep more comfortably. But when I went to move my things to my new apartment, I noticed an unfortunate side-effect: The fuzzy blanket had left tiny balls of tan lint all over my comforter.
It took me about a month to realize why my clothes kept getting covered in unsightly lint. “I’ll just break out the lint roller and that’ll be that,” I thought. Wrong. This lint was like none other I had ever encountered. I went through sheet after sheet of lint-roller paper, and though the sheets were picking up fuzz, the areas of my comforter I had rolled managed to remain covered.
I threw the comforter in my dryer, in the hopes that the lint trap would perform as advertised. It didn’t.
I spread it out on my floor, wondering how to proceed. I discovered that pulling the material taut, pressing down firmly, and using a wax-on-wax-off motion caused the lint to band together into spiderweb-like strands that could be easily removed. I could only do this to about a three-inch square of comforter at once, and it’s queen-sized. After sweating through this process for about 15 minutes, and having Nermal attack my hand more than once, I gave up.
I went into my room, where the fuzzy blanket from hell sat in a heap on the floor, and stuffed it into a giant plastic bag. The bag went into the trunk in my living room. (I feel guilty throwing it out, and even guiltier giving it to charity. I don’t want anyone to be plagued by lint as I have been.)
I replaced it with a lightweight blanket I had used through the summer, and I replaced my comforter – now in plastic under my bed, until I can de-lint it – with a new blanket from Target. Even so, I still find fuzz clinging to my dark clothes, especially these black pants I recently purchased that make my butt look awesome (when it’s not covered in lint, anyway). I wish I had just kept the heat set at 70.