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Dryer lint...what can you do with it?

Updated on August 23, 2016
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Save your dryer lint!

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Dryer lint...

What is dryer lint? Come on, you know all those missing socks have to turn into something! They can't all really vanish into thin air.

We all have dryer lint, some more, some less. I describe lint as "the inconvenient wad of gray unidentifiable matter you reluctantly pull from your dryer each and every use". I used to just throw it out, because I didn't know it had other uses. You're probably just throwing it into the trash right now. That's a shame, so stop it.

You may be sitting on a gold mine of lint if you don't empty that trap on a regular basis. If that is the case, oh boy are you going to be excited!

Throwing dryer lint out is a foolish decision, and I'm going to give you quite a few reasons why. Dryer lint is simply clean shredded fabric fibers, which is about 95% clean chunks of cotton. And we can do so many things with that! Yes we can!

What can you do with dryer lint you ask? Oh, lots and lots of things! Maybe you're aware of some of the uses, maybe not. If you are not lucky enough to own your own washer and dryer, you can always collect lint from your local laundromat, belly button, or toes! Lint is constantly produced and so often unused!

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Fire starters

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What can you do with dryer lint?

  • Dryer lint is extremely flammable! Which makes it great for starting fires. Take small pieces of wax and wrap them in dryer lint. You can bind them with twine if you like. Instant fire starters for camp fires! Don't have wax? No problem. Take an empty toilet paper roll, fill with lint, wrap with newspaper and tuck in the ends. Now even junk mail has a purpose! Your whiny kids will have Smores in no time! These fire starters are great for BBQing with charcoal grills too. Just make sure your lint is of natural fibers to avoid a burning plastic stench.
  • Since dryer lint is basically clean cotton (and perhaps some cat hair), use wads of it to remove nail polish, or apply make-up. Or any other thing you'd use cotton-balls for.
  • Do you sew? Dryer lint makes great stuffing for stuffed animals or even pillows. You already know it's washable! It smells great and it's already clean!

Dryer lint clay elephant

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  • Make clay for kids or art projects. Mix 2 cups of lint with 1/3 cup water, 6 tablespoons of white glue and 1 tablespoon of clear dish washing liquid. Add food coloring (if you want to color it). Mix this all together and you have modeling clay!
  • Do you have small pets? Like hamsters, Guinea pigs or gerbils? Give them something to nest with. They love it! Put some outside for your feathered friends as well. Simply put it in a suet feeder and the birds will remove it for their housing material. Baby birds will stay nice and toasty warm.
  • Use it in your compost pile! Only use lint from natural fibers, synthetics won't break down the way natural ones do.

Lint art

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Lint Lint Lint

  • Did you spill paint? Or motor oil perhaps? All out of kitty litter? Use dryer lint to soak up the mess. It's just like a paper towel, but free!
  • Sending a package? It makes great packing material. Much better for the planet then non-biodegradable packing peanuts, also free! Your packages will arrive in good shape with no damage, and you can treat yourself to a .99 burger from the money you saved not buying packing material.
  • Dryer lint is great for crafts. You can make paper with it and use it for paper-maché. Need a paper recipe for dryer lint? Check out instructables. It's also great to use for adding dimension to art work. Simply glue it onto your canvas and paint it.
  • Make your own yarn. Just spin it together.
  • Make Christmas ornaments for your perfect Tree! Yes...you can...

Lint jewels!

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Lint Lint Lint

  • Make jewelry and beads. Follow the clay recipe, mold it into beads (you can secure them over a straw to create the hole for stringing), then just paint them once they are hard and dry. String beads on your choice of cording and be the talk of the town with your fancy jewels!
  • Make creepy Halloween decorations. Use the clay recipe then mold it into scary shapes and allow it to dry. Limbs, eyes...you get the idea. Decorate with paint, glitter, or other decorations. These spooky creations go great with fog machines. Your lawn will be the scariest in town!

Dryer lint Halloween spiders

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    • Bishop55 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca 

      5 weeks ago from USA

      That's a great idea & thanks for the comment :)

    • VirginiaLynne profile image

      Virginia Kearney 

      5 weeks ago from United States

      Very creative! I've sometimes wondered if I could do something with the lint. I think it could also be left outside for birds to use for nests.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Bishop55,

      Is it possible to recycle recycled goods? That is a foolish question. Sometimes I make an error and a foolish question sneaks out. You are a terrific friend/follower.

      Talk to you soon.

      Peace.

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      Kate Swanson 

      4 years ago from Sydney

      You are kidding! I would never have thought of those ideas! Now that's taking recycling to the limit...

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago

      Bishop55,

      Hey, following you is my HONOR. And I do cherish all of my followers, but there are hubbers with over 1,000 followers. That is a lot of writing. Thank you for the sweet remarks on telling a fool from a regular person and NO you are not a fool. Do not say that to me. Read the fan mail I left you.

      I value you as a friend and writer. And THANK YOU for following me.

      Peace.

      K.

    • Bishop55 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thanks Kenneth. I'm honored that someone with so many followers has decided to follow me!

      I just read your hub about how to identify a fool, and I loved it! I couldn't comment on it. But I shared on my FB page. I am a fool for sure, which is good to know. hahah I finally know what I am. Oh...and I'm following you now!

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      I really enjoyed this hub. A true piece of natural-creativity. Very helpful, professional and delightful to read.

      Voted upand away. Keep up the great work and soon, success will walk hand-in-hand with you.

      I cordially invite you to check a few of my hubs and then become one of my followers. That would make my day.

      Be safe.

      Peace.

      K.

    • Bishop55 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thanks DDE. Hope it's useful info for you. :)

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Lint is so useful as your suggestions are so helpful and this informative hub taught me about lint.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      Wow, that spider is really scary looking. Who knew lint could make such wonderful art? Thanks for sharing.

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      Gous Ahmed 

      4 years ago from Muslim Nation

      I'm going to have to tell my wife not to throw dryer away anymore!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      I have to admit it very creative LOL

    • Bishop55 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thanks Alise! Glad you enjoyed the suggestions. :)

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      Alise- Evon 

      4 years ago

      Those were great suggestions, and a fun read. Now I have lots of things to do with my lint. Thanks!

    • Bishop55 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thanks FlourishAnyway. I think lint is good stuff! ha!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 years ago from USA

      Mine consists of a little more cat hair than most people's. This is one of the most unusual hubs I've read in awhile! Awesome!

    • Bishop55 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca 

      4 years ago from USA

      Thanks 101!

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      Alana Niall 

      4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I always struggled to start a fire. Now I know an easy way to start fire, thanks for your wonderful tip. I like the suggestion of putting dryer lint in toilet roll core. I always hated having to clean dryer filter. Now I will look forward to it. Thanks for this amazing hub.

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