Creative Uses for Dryer Lint

Emptying the lint trap after every load of laundry is one of the most important ways to take care of your dryer and make sure that it runs safely and efficiently. But what should you do with all that dryer lint you collect? Sure, you could just throw it away, but if you like the idea of recycling and repurposing objects, read on for some inventive uses for dryer lint.

Absorbent makeshift towel- You can use a handful of dryer lint to soak up messes for a quick, absorbent fix. This comes in especially handy for motor oil in the garage or driveway.

 

Stuffing for toys and pillows- If you are the crafty sort who enjoys sewing pillows, quilts and stuffed toys, dryer lint makes a great substitute for cotton batting or another type of stuffing you would find in a craft or hobby store.

 

Pet bedding- Small animals like hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs like a nice fluffy nest to sleep in. Dryer lint makes the ideal bedding for your furry friend.

 

Packing material- If you are looking for a greener and cheaper alternative to Styrofoam packing peanuts or bubble wrap, we suggest a nice layer of dryer lint around your fragile items. The lint makes a good cushion for anything you are trying to mail.

 

Fire starter- You undoubtedly know that dryer lint is a fire hazard; after all, accumulation of lint in the dryer is responsible for 2,900 fires in the US each year.* Put that flammable quality to good use by bringing lint with you on camping trips, or use in your wood-burning fireplace to get the fire going. PRO TIP- Mixing the lint with melted wax from old candles in empty cardboard egg cartons makes handy fire-starting blocks.

 

Mulch-To help plants stay warm during the winter months, apply a layer of dryer lint to the soil for insulation. The lint is biodegradable over time and will break down on its own.

 

 

*Source: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/v13i7.pdf

 

 

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