How to Remove Fiberglass From Clothing

Fiberglass, when cut or disturbed, becomes airborne, eventually landing on nearby surfaces and sticking to them until washed away. Working with fiberglass products such as insulation inevitably results in fiberglass strands getting on your clothing, which can cause an uncomfortable itchiness. Fully covering yourself with loose-fitting clothing when working with fiberglass is a must to help prevent the irritant from coming into contact with your skin. Removing fiberglass from your work clothes is simply a matter of washing it, but you must take care not to contaminate other clothing or future loads of laundry.

Step 1

Place the fiberglass-tainted clothing in a plastic bag when removing it, rather than placing it on the floor or on a hook or hanger, where it may contaminate other items in the room.

Step 2

Deposit all the work clothes exposed to fiberglass in the washing machine and fill the machine according to the care label on the clothing. Add your favorite laundry detergent. Do not add any other clothing or laundry to the load, to avoid cross contamination. Discard the plastic bag.

Step 3

Wash and rinse the clothing as you normally would. If you wish, wash and rinse it a second time for added assurance, without removing it from the washer between loads.

Step 4

Wash your hands and forearms thoroughly with hand soap after touching the affected clothing.

Step 5

Dry the clothing in the dryer or on a clothesline, as you normally would.

Step 6

Run wash and rinse cycles on the washing machine without soap, which helps rinse any residual fiberglass out of the drum. This extra cycle helps prevent the next laundry load from being contaminated with fiberglass.

Kathy Adams

Kathy Adams

Kathy Adams is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer who traveled the world handling numerous duties for music artists. She writes travel and budgeting tips and destination guides for USA Today, Travelocity and ForRent, among others. She enjoys exploring foreign locales and hiking off the beaten path stateside, snapping pics of wildlife and nature instead of selfies.