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What To Do With Dryer Lint

Updated on March 13, 2014

Use Dryer Lint for Crafts, Fire Starter, and More!

Lint has always held a warm place in my heart. So much so in fact that I started a blog about lint a few years ago. On my blog, The Lint Filter, I write about what to do with dryer lint and report when I read the word "lint" in a book. I know, I know, this is all too exciting all for one lonely little blog.*

Which brings me to Squidoo and its quests. A recent quest was called "Be weird." Me? I don't know how else to be.

When I saw this quest on Squidoo, frankly I was stumped. I am weird, totally weird, and most things I do, I do in a weird way. So, it's hard to pick out the weirdness from all the weirdnesses, if you know what I mean. And if you know what I mean, I'm glad to tell you, you're probably weird too!

This photo is of a lint feeder full of lint! Perfect for hanging on the fence in the garden to help papa bird build that nest.

Photo Credit: theSquarePeg on Etsy

*Read the very first installment of The Lint Filter if you want to know where my love of lint comes from. It's not earth shattering, just fun.

Where Does Lint Come From?

Well, most lint is born in the clothes dryer, Virginia. You should help your mother with the laundry once in awhile and you'd know this.

Clothes driers are wonderful inventions, but they do create dryer lint, the fuzz and bits flung off during the tumbling and drying process.

The lint is trapped in something called the lint filter. Cleaning the lint filter is important since lint is very flammable. Which leads me to the topic of using lint as fire starter.

Clean Your Lint Filter - And Keep Your House From Burning Down

Dryer lint can cause fires. When too much lint is trapped in the filter and behind it and under it and in the line venting to the outside, the heat from the clothes dryer can cause all of that lint to catch fire.

Keep your lint under control!

Lint in the Garden -- Uses for Lint Outdoors - Click a small image to enlarge it.

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Lint seed bombs by NecroPolisHerbs on Etsy. See the link below to check them out!Lint feeder by theSquarePeg on Etsy. See the link below to visit this listing.Read up on how to make this super-complicated fire starter project at the link below.
Lint seed bombs by NecroPolisHerbs on Etsy. See the link below to check them out!
Lint seed bombs by NecroPolisHerbs on Etsy. See the link below to check them out!
Lint feeder by theSquarePeg on Etsy. See the link below to visit this listing.
Lint feeder by theSquarePeg on Etsy. See the link below to visit this listing.
Read up on how to make this super-complicated fire starter project at the link below.
Read up on how to make this super-complicated fire starter project at the link below.

Crafting with Lint

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This lovely elephant was made with lint dough! Check the link below for more info. Photo courtesy of Aimee Herring from RealSimple.This lint faerie is for sale on Etsy by seller nikkirossignol. See the link below to visit this lint faerie.Dryer lint clutch available for sale by Etsy seller BrightIdeasStudio. See the link below to visit this listing.
This lovely elephant was made with lint dough! Check the link below for more info. Photo courtesy of Aimee Herring from RealSimple.
This lovely elephant was made with lint dough! Check the link below for more info. Photo courtesy of Aimee Herring from RealSimple.
This lint faerie is for sale on Etsy by seller nikkirossignol. See the link below to visit this lint faerie.
This lint faerie is for sale on Etsy by seller nikkirossignol. See the link below to visit this lint faerie.
Dryer lint clutch available for sale by Etsy seller BrightIdeasStudio. See the link below to visit this listing.
Dryer lint clutch available for sale by Etsy seller BrightIdeasStudio. See the link below to visit this listing.

Lint in Literature

I update my lint blog, The Lint Filter, when I read the word "lint" in a book. It's fun!

Fabric and Sweater Brush - Stay Tidy

Keep your clothes looking tidy and lint free, just like Bates does when dressing Lord Grantham.

Lint Rollers - Control Lint Around the House

These small lint rollers are small enough to tuck into your purse or the car glove compartment to keep you looking tidy all day.

Store Your Lint Safe and Sound - or Waste Cans If You Don't Save Lint... tsk tsk.

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This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!

Go ahead, be weird. Let us know what you do with your dryer lint. - Or choose one of these uses here; what's your favorite?

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    • Heidi Vincent profile image

      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      This is an interesting lens, scarlettohairy! Who knew LINT could have so many interesting uses? I particularly liked the elephant and the clutch.

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      This is a little strange. Now I feel badly about the lint I threw out yesterday.

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      AlleyCatLane 3 years ago

      I've just been throwing all the lint away! Just think of all the ways i can recycle it no with your suggestions.

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      casquid 4 years ago

      Who Knew!! I had to stop and think about the fact that I toss this out on a daily basis. You opened my eyes!

      Angel Blessed!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yup, gotta love lint....especially when it turns into a cute little elephant! There, there dear weird one...I walk in those shoes too. I know I can say...weirdly done in the nicest sense! You are such a creative out of the box thinker!

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      Aquamarine18 4 years ago

      This is such a beautiful lens! First the title made me curious, as I could not believe I read it right! I never thought one could ever do something with...lint! And I found your introduction so funny and refreshing too! And finally, your ideas on how to use lint are just...what can I say...weird, yes, but really something to think about!

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      tomoxby 4 years ago

      I have to admit I never considered using dryer lint for anything. Like your suggestion as a fire starter.

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      tekaha 4 years ago

      the ultimate in recycling and reusing. lint from all places to make paper and other crafts. i love it!

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      Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      LOL The belly button lint survey above.....CLASSIC! lol

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      shelleymax 5 years ago

      I have always thought there has to be a better use for all that lint..Now i know what to do with it...thanks for the great information...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We stuff it in the empty toilet paper rolls and also add some shredded paper on both ends. Something good to use that for too!

      Hubby says it works really good at starting charcoal on the grill and burning logs in the fire pit.

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      bikerministry 5 years ago

      Check out my "crazy crafts online" lens for another use for dryer lint. Blessings.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      I love your link elephant!

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      casquid 5 years ago

      Good idea to publish. You have cornered the market on Lint Uses. Keep writing.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I love your articles! Honestly, Peggy, you are BLESSED!

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      anilsaini 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      entertainmentev 5 years ago

      I had no idea lint had so many uses. Fascinating!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      never heard of this before. but why not find a good use for lint? I'm sure we have tons of it each year at my house.

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      chairmann3 5 years ago

      I own a dryer vent cleaning business ( absentee owned ) now I will keep some of the lint and use it for some of your ideas. Thanks

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      Too cute. Unfortunately (or fortunately) we don't use a dryer to dry our clothes. We use God's sunshine and wind :-)

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      secondhandrose lm 5 years ago

      I have been wanting to do something with the dryer lint for ages. I thought it would be cool to make a scarf or mittens. Thanks for these great ideas. I think I'll try the elephant.

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      Well this is actually very creative. It's good to be super resourceful. It's incredibly creative. Gray is the color of elephants!

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      Silverstar2154 5 years ago

      Very quirky lens. I always look at the lint from my dryer and think that somehow it would be cool to make a quilt (one I can't use but would look good for a picture) from it because of all the colors I get.

      Now I know that's at least a possibility lol.

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      wordsplaytoday 5 years ago

      I never thought there was a use for lint! Nice lens, and yeah a little weird, my daughter used to collect toenails when she was 4 lol that was really weird!

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      Jwittier 5 years ago

      Haha - I love the creativity!

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      Tracie-Fisher 5 years ago

      Everything I never knew about dryer lint. Loved this lens :-)

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      Wow, who knew lint could be so cool? Great lens!

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      Satha 5 years ago

      One idea I've heard of for dryer lint is to use it for starting a camp fire. No idea if it works (though I assume it would) or how safe it is, but it's just what I've heard. Cool page! :D

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I like the dryer lint dough idea, but don't know if I'd actually do it. You could use lint to stuff throw pillows. Don't know why I hadn't thought of that before.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      And to think all these years I've been throwing my dryer lint in the trash. Who knew there were so many uses for it. Nice lens.

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      floppypoppygift1 5 years ago

      Cool lens-saw it on the Weird or What feature. Cheers~cb

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      I just knew there had to be a use for all that dryer lint... but who would have guessed there were so many things to do with it?

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      Lenskeeper 5 years ago

      Blessed by a Squid Angel. It's just hard to ignore a lens about dryer lint...and such good ideas too! LOL

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      I have stared adding it to my compost pile.Glad to hear there are other otprions. I especially like the lint holder for birds.

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      Who would have thought there were uses for dryer lint? Fun article!

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      lilymom24 5 years ago

      I thought about using the dryer lint for birds nests but have since read several reasons to not do it so at the present time, I don't do anything with it except throw it out. Crafting with it would be fun though and the elephant sculpture is adorable! =)

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      Barbara2659 5 years ago

      This is an extremely clever lens! I'm impressed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Interesting ideas but I think I'll just keep throwing mine away.

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      benny77 5 years ago

      Wow.... very interesting..thanks for sharing

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      JZinoBodyArt 5 years ago

      I never thought of using lint to start seeds. In the winter we save the lint for fire starter because it's so darn flammable.

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      I put my dryer lint into my compost pile ... I like the seed ball idea!

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      carolyn-colemangrady-3 5 years ago

      I had a dryer fire once due to lent it smelled so bad. The fire department came helped out all was safe but yes dangerous.

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      knickknackcentral 5 years ago

      I know what you mean about dryer fires.....happened to me once. I didn't realize my apartment maintenance people never hooked up the vent to the outside!! Thankfully no one was hurt. (The complex got a nice fine from the fire marshall, though). The bird idea is neat, as I have many birds, squirrels, and rabbits that roam my backyard. Thanks for the tip!! :D

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      RadaFrancis LM 5 years ago

      very interesting :)

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      Keith Winter 5 years ago from Spain

      Never occurred to me that lint could be useful. Great lens!

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Leaving lint for the birds is a wonderful idea. I am going to start saving it up. I would imagine any small animal would like it especially squirrels.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I like the idea of putting lint out for birds to use with their nests. Fun!

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Wow, it must take a lot of dryer lint to mold an elephant! With three teenagers, we can probably save enough lint to make an entire herd. I never realized that lint was so much fun.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I throw my lint in the trash. Bad me! I love it that you actually have a blog about lint. That is so cool!

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      What a fun lint!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @aardvarkapparel: Lint-tastic! I love it!!!

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Have recently used lint in a paper egg carton as a fire starter, it was our best start ever! My daughter has made paper from lint. Cool lens.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Hahahahah.. I throw it away! :) This is interesting though.. blessed!

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      Jackie Block 5 years ago from SE Michigan

      My hubby has about a dozen coffee canisters of lint stashed away. Now I can actually do something with them! Thanks for these great ideas!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      When I get a hair cut, I put my cuttings in the garden so that birds can use them for nests. Now I know that I'm contributing to the future of something on this planet.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      I used to put the lint outside so that birds could use it to build nests.

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      Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      Weird? I'd call this A M A Z I N G! Would local birds like to use lint as a nest-building material? I saw a video of pet-hair being left on a foothpath, and eagerly collected by local nesting birds for nest lining. Another great use for lint would be stuffing tiny plush dolls or toys, the 'itsy' sized ones that are almost too small for regular stuffing. Congratulations on being featured on "4 Weird Lenses & Counting" (http://hq.squidoo.com/lensmaster-spotlight/4weirdl... ).

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      aardvarkapparel 5 years ago

      As long as your collect your own lint and aren't gathering other peoples left over lint from public laundry mats, seems ok to me. LINT-TASTIC

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      TeacherSerenia 5 years ago

      OMG this really is WEIRD!!!

      In my building - all dryer lint MUST go into the rubbish bin tucked away under the sink.

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      Stress-Master 5 years ago

      Very weird, but nice blog. I like weird it helps you to look at life from a different perspective.

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      Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      Awesome! Are you sure you're not channeling Amy Dacyczyn?! Maybe you really are Amy in disguise... Squid Angel Blessed

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      I have to think about this one. I like to get rid of the lint, I don't like the feel of it.

      Great idea for the crafty..

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I'm sorry this is too weird for me. There are a lot of things I like to save, but I really don't mind throwing my dryer lint away.

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      We used to make firestarters with it all the time. I learned how in my Girl Scout leader training. Worked well after I found a huge box of wax really cheap at a yard sale. We used sticks and the firestarters in our grill and had lots of great cooking.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Susan300: No way! That is too cool! Thanks for the blessing!!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Ah, good old dryer lint! It sure is great to be able to put it to practical use.

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      Chocolate Pickney 5 years ago from Jamaica

      I toss my lint out all the time, but now, i'm gonna get weird too... I really like that lil elephant so i'm gonna try and make one just like him..

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Love the lint Elephant.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Ha...this is so cute. Lint definitely is one of those exceptionally weird items that no one quite seems to know what to make useful. Somehow you managed.

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      NC Shepherd 5 years ago

      Oh, I love this!! I can't wait to go do laundry......

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      SailingPassion LM 5 years ago

      Good ideas :-)

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      Susan300 5 years ago

      Years ago, when I noticed dryer lint being bought and sold oneBay, I was horrified to learn that I have been throwing away something worth 8 dollars a pound, LOL.

      Great topic for a lens. *Angel Blessed* :)

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      jtmarks 5 years ago

      Nice! Informative and well laid out. I knew a few things, but was happy to see some more great ideas! Thanks!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I am amazed at what can be done. What an environmentally friendly idea. Thanks for this lens.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      I'm glad to see something resourceful being done with lint ~ this could just be the beginning of wonderful things! I'm glad to know that birds use the lint for their nests. I like that cool lint feeder. I've never heard of one. I will have to look for one ~ do you have a resource for one? Great lens, very interesting ~ not a bit weird when it's being resourceful! B : )

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      Zebedee32 5 years ago

      Nothing that exciting :( but nice lens though

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I did use lint and wax to make fire starters last fall for my daughter who lives in the mainland. And a friend of mine actually had a fire start because she didn't clear the lint trap.

      Weird, you? :)

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      EmergencyPrepar 5 years ago

      The only thing I ever though to use lint for what to start a fire :) Thanks for the great lens.

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I always throw it away, but I remember one time when I was a child my mother made us a doll and stuffed it with lint. She only did it one time. Not sure if that was because she was busy or because it did not work out well.

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      mockingbird999 5 years ago

      I'm sad to say I've been throwing it away. I may have to rethink that tactic and start trying one of these craft ideas.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      Wow. This is a really good kind of weird. The most intriguing use I've seen for lint are some "lint paintings" done by an artist that were displayed in a New Hope, Pennsylvania art gallery. The artist made dimensional paint from various colors of lint and some sort of liquid binder. The biggest question I have about dryer lint is how on earth we manage to have anything left of our clothing and towels after they lose all that lint over and over again! "Squid Angel blessed."