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How to make homemade fire starters

Updated on September 18, 2012

Homemade fire starters

With cooler temperatures settling in, fireplaces and outdoor fire pits will start to be used once again to keep the chill out of the air. Instead of going out and purchasing fire starters for $ 9.98 a box, why not save your hard earned cash and make homemade fire starters instead. It's totally green technology and you already have all the ingredients laying around your house waiting to be thrown out in the trash.

All you need is dryer lint, candle wax and an empty egg carton, that's it!

Take a small amount of dryer lint and place it into one of the compartments of the egg carton. Gather up some old candles and melt them in the microwave or on the stove top, pour the liquid wax over the dryer lint and let harden (it takes about ten minutes). Cut the egg carton into twelve separate pieces and viola you have twelve fire starters waiting to start a beautiful warm glowing fire to keep you nice and toasty warm.

That's not all you can use your dryer lint for either. Here are some other suggestions to help you save money and help keep the planet green.

Nesting Material

You can help the birds by giving them some great nesting material in the spring time when they are getting ready to lay their eggs. Just break off small amounts and place them on the ground or on shrubs around your home. It's fascinating to watch them discover the dryer lint and use it to build their nests.


Ever had an old pillow that you absolutely loved but it lost its luster? Well, you can rip a seam open and start stuffing in dryer lint to fluff it up. When you get it to the fluffiness you want just sew the seam back up. It will make your pillow smell fresh and it will look like new once again.

Packing Material

Instead of buying those messy peanuts that spill everywhere to ship a package and adding more to our landfills, use dryer lint instead to secure the item you're shipping. It's a great filler and shock absorber.

Draft Stoppers

Stuff your old tube socks with dryer lint then sew up the end, and you've got yourself a great draft stopper. Place the stuffed sock wherever there is a draft to keep the cold air from seeping into your home.

Protect plants from the cold

Place dryer lint around the base of your plants to protect them from the cold nights to give them added protection. It's like wrapping them up in a blanket.

Kids Crafts

Use dryer lint when the kids need snow or fur for their craft projects. It's easy to form into shapes and glue onto construction paper.

I have personally used my dryer lint for every suggestion above and was pleased with the results. Together we can help keep a little more out of our landfills.

Until next time,

Karen Beth


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