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Save your pipes and septic system. I make lint screen filters for discharge pipes up to 2.5 inches if your washing machine empties into a sink or washtub. If you don’t want it down the drain, you have to strain, and the smaller the weave, the more it will catch.
Years ago I started making my own filters. My filters are larger and the weave is smaller than the aluminum lint traps I was buying at the hardware store. Simply put, they do a better job!
* Set of 3
* About 12.5 x 5 inches
* Color of thread, tulle, and plastic will vary
Several layers of tulle catch most of the solid waste, saving your pipes or septic system. Tightly tie the filter around any sized discharge pipe up to 2.5 inches. If you have a smooth pipe, affix a cable tie to the pipe and tie the filter above it. I leave seam threads long and pulled to the inside of the filters, as they will aid in straining.
I work with rescued tulle from various sources. My thread is from a crafter’s recycling store. Any plastic used is recycled. The color of tulle, plastic, and thread will vary, but all my lint traps provide the same great filtering service. No tulle goes to waste and small pieces, that would otherwise be thrown away, are placed between layers for increased filtering.
As with any filter, make sure it doesn’t cover the tub drain or the overflow will be a mess. Hike up the filter on your discharge pipe if you need to. Keep an eye on it and replace it when the filter is about 2/3 full so there is no obstruction of your washer’s discharge.