Who Invented the Lint Brush?

Who Invented the Lint Brush?

The lint roller, or brush, was invented in 1956 by Nick McKay Sr., an electrical engineer and entrepreneur. He and his wife began a company called Helmac Products Corporation in the basement of their home and sold the product under the name, The Lint Pic-Up.

The lint roller was a clever invention created out of necessity. Nick and his wife Helen had plans to chaperon a college dance, but Nick had forgotten to take his suit to the dry cleaner. Thinking quickly, he wrapped masking tape around a paper core and attached a wire clothes hanger for a handle, and then he rolled the makeshift device across his clothes to remove the lint.