Amazing Uses for Dryer Lint

@rowantree (1190)
United States
June 1, 2009 9:45am CST
I'm sure there's more but here's a few for you today. # Guinea Pig Bedding You can give your old dryer lint to bedding your guinea pig. I don't know if it's considered safe for hamsters, I would think it would be if you could use it for a guinea pig. # Kindling Lint is very flammable. That's another good reason to clean it out of your dryer. You can finally use lint's flammability to your advantage. Use it in your fireplace. You might save on matches and you can use your newspapers to mulch with instead. # Draft Snake Filling Do you have a problem with drafty doors and windows? You can make a draft snake and stop those drafts from spiking your energy bill. Don’t to forget to fill those snakes with dryer lint. # Make Clay Here's a recipe for a clay you can make out of dryer lint. From Thrifty Fun: 1 1/2 cups lint from the dryer 1/2 cup flour 2 drops wintergreen mint flavoring Old newspaper Paint Place the lint in a saucepan and cover it with the water. When the lint is saturated, add the flour and stir until it is smooth. Add the drops of wintergreen oil flavoring. Cook the mixture, stirring constantly, until it forms peaks and holds together. Pour it onto newspaper to cool. Shape and model figures, or cover a form with it, such as a balloon. Allow to dry for 3 to 5 days, then paint and decorate as required.
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@TLChimes (4842)
• United States
1 Jun 09
Great information! I love the clay. The kids and I love to do crafty things. Here's a few more: - use it in the compost pile. Worms love it! They eat it. Some folks say you can even mix it in with your dirt to grow plants both inside and out. - Fill an onion mesh bag with a nesting mix of material You can include small pieces of dryer lint, small pieces of yarn and string that is no bigger than the length of your thumb, The hair from your hairbrush or dog hair (That's why it is always good to brush the dogs in the yard), feathers or leftover strings of moss from your craft projects. Hang from a tree in the springtime, ready for pickup by your grateful feathered friends. This is another fun thing to do with the kids. - Store is in zip lock bags in you emergency kit. You know the one for homeland security and weather related stuff? Remember that it's good for fire starting so in case you need it. And it's cheap.
@rowantree (1190)
• United States
1 Jun 09
I'd forgotten about giving the dryer lint to the birds, that's a good one. Putting it into an emergency kit - or your camping kit - is another great idea! I didn't include the composting one because it's said to only use dryer lint if your clothes are organic. Don't know why, maybe something to do with the chemicals in the clothing?
@littleowl (7157)
2 Jun 09
Hi Rowan, they are brilliant tips, except I do not use clay! lol it would be nice to know if there are other types of bedding you can use it for, thanks for the tips..LoLo