Don't take pilling lying down.

How to Get Pills Off Pants

by Pamela Simmons

Tiny balls formed on your pants can be incredibly irritating. If your pants are pilling, don't just leave them be. Restoring your pants to their former glory can make a world of difference in their overall look. Lucky for you, there are ways that you can remove those pesky pills yourself.

Decide how delicate your pants are. If you want to take extra care when removing pills, do it by hand. This will be very time consuming, but it will keep your pants in their best shape. If picking them off by hand isn't your thing, try using scissors to cut them off one at a time instead. Though this is the safest way to depill your pants, it's also the least effective.

Use a depilling comb to better remove the pills on your pants. Lay your pants flat on a table, and holding your comb parallel to your pants, gently move it through your pills. The pills should just lift away. Be careful not to touch your actual pants with your comb, which could cause snags.

Try battery-operated shavers for easy removal. Gently glide your shaver over fabric without pressing it down. Your shaver will fill with residue, so check it often and dump out extra fibers once it's full.

Razor away your pills. Lay your pants on a table and hold them taught. Delicately brush your razor across your pants taking care not to press down while doing so. Take extra care around seams, buttons and stitching, which will be more likely to tear if you don't use caution.

Prevent pilling on your pants altogether. Follow manufacturer instructions. If your pants are washable, turn them inside out before tossing them in the washing machine. Using the gentle cycle and washing clothes on shorter cycles also helps. Remove your pants as soon as they're dry, and use a lint brush frequently.

Items you will need

  • Scissors
  • Plastic depilling comb
  • Battery-operated sweater shaver
  • Razor


  • When in doubt, opt for hand removal of pills. It's the simplest way to ensure you don't tear the fabric of your pants.

About the Author

Pamela Simmons has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles on fashion, beauty and other topics have appeared on Denim Therapy and other websites. Simmons serves as an editor and public relations manager for CHIC.TV. She holds a Bachelor of Science in international affairs from Georgia Tech and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University.

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