There has got to be a use for dryer lint!

United States
March 28, 2008 11:27pm CST
I know it sounds nuts but I am always thinking that there has to be some sort of good use for all that dryer lint I am picking out all the time. It is soft and clean. It smells great. It seems like a usable product and yet I cant find a use for it. I once heard that if you put it by charcol that it will help keep moisture off it but I have never tried it. I do use it to dust off the washer and dryer top once in a while, just beacuse it is there. Does anyone have a use for dryer lint?
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9 responses
@beaniecat (329)
• United States
29 Mar 08
I haven't tried this yet, but I read that you can turn it into paper. combine torn scraps of paper and lint into a blender with water and blend until it is soft and slushy. Poor the mix into a paper making frame that is placed in a pan of water or a sink of water. Life out the frame, then flip the paper out to let it dry. Although, you can buy the frames at craft stores, you can make one using a photo frame and a piece of screen from a window.
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• United States
30 Mar 08
What a great idea. I would love to try this. I will be going to my local craft store next week and I will ask them and see if they have the items needed to try this. Thank you! Great Idea~
@lishiwei (1553)
• China
29 Mar 08
I think you should have a try.You shouldn't limit it in just for dry.It has many use and you should find them out.Then it will be very useful for you.
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• United States
30 Mar 08
I will look. Thank you.
• United States
29 Mar 08
Aside from fire starters, you can use it in children's playdough. It makes a great sensory experience because they can feel something completely different when they are playing with playdough. Homemade dough can be made from flower, water and salt, and just toss in small bits of it and you've got a different type of dough.
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• United States
30 Mar 08
Cute idea. In all the schooling books I have read it says to use different things to stimulate kids sensed. This is definately a different kind of feeling.
@kaylee29 (17)
• Canada
29 Mar 08
Makes a good fire starter.... Stuff an empty egg carton (paper kind) with dryer lint and pour in melted candle wax. Let it hanrden then you can break it off in sections when you need it.
• United States
30 Mar 08
I didnt know it would still burn with the candle wax in it. I guess it still lets the candle burn but it never occured to me. Thanks for the idea.
• United States
29 Mar 08
off the top of my head I would say put some oil on it. Then place it in a hidden corner to fragrant the area. candles are great but don't last long or go everywhere.
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• United States
30 Mar 08
Thank you. I love smelly things.
@Thoroughrob (11748)
• United States
30 Mar 08
We take old toliet paper and paper towel rollers and fill them with dryer lint and use them as fire starters at the campground. We found the idea in a book for recycling things.
@brimia (6585)
• United States
31 Mar 08
I read this before somewhere a long time ago. It's a great idea. I think I need a "recycling" book...do you know the name of it?
@Thoroughrob (11748)
• United States
1 Apr 08
I don't, it was a book my son brought home a couple years ago.
• United States
3 Apr 08
I would love to get my hands on a book of ideas to recycle things. I hope I can find one. I guess the internet is the place to find one if you need it. Thanks.
@saundyl (9686)
• Canada
30 Mar 08
I read somewhere about a lady who used it for teddybear and doll stuffing. Firestarter is one use or leave it out on a deck for birds to steal ..i bet theyd use it for nests I used it as packing for my dishes when i moved. My grandma used to line potted plants with it to keep moisture in the bottom of the pots.
• United States
3 Apr 08
That sets off a light bulb in my mind. We just got a turkey platter for the holidays and I am having trouble storing it. It is bigger than any normal plates so even if I had the cupboard space I could not get it in there. I can get a box and fill it with dryer lint and store it in the garage where we have more space. Thank you for sloving two problems at once.
@saundyl (9686)
• Canada
3 Apr 08
your welcome!
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
31 Mar 08
Firestarters for sure (as has been mentioned) and also put it out for the birds to use for nesting. No is the perfect time for it. You can leave bits of it in crooks of trees and draped on shrubs and such. Mice like it too, so if you have any in your house, they'll find it. (I keep a grocery sack hanging in my basement near the washer/dryer and I just found a hunk of it IN the washer. I think some mice got in the bag and were carting it off!)
• United States
3 Apr 08
I would love it if I could get some birds to nest it the tree just outside my kitchen window. I love to watch birds and I would love someting to look at while I am cleaning or doing dishes. Maybe if I stick some in that tree they will make a nest there and stay a while.
@Hatley (164222)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Mar 08
I have seen dryer lint used to make some sort of collage that was entered in our Orange County fair the last time I went. It was in the new arts department and was rather pretty and really clever just using dryer lint. thats one idea.
• United States
30 Mar 08
My mom has a picture on her wall that was made from a paper towel that was put in a blender. I guess this would be the same kind of thing. Thanks.