What to do with all that dryer lint?

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You should clean your dryer lint from the lint trap after every use. A lint-covered lint filter reduces air movement, compromising the dryer’s ability to get to work on your wet clothes.

But what do you do with all that lint, then?

I heard a creative lint reuse idea the other day I found rather timely.

Stuff toilet paper tubes or paper towel tubes with lint for firestarters or kindling.

(This use, of course, speaks to the flammability of dryer lint — another reason to clean your lint trap!)

I’m looking for more ways to reuse the full wastebasket of lint I have in my laundry room. Any ideas?

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12 Responses to “What to do with all that dryer lint?”

  1. AMY (WARNERS' STELLIAN) Says:

    IN 4TH GRADE, OUR AWESOME TEACHER SAVED ALL HER DRYER LINT & WE MADE HOMEMADE PAPER FOR FATHERS DAY CARDS. :)IT TURNED OUT GREAT BECAUSE SHE DID A REALLY GOOD JOB SEPERATING HER LOADS BY COLOR.

  2. Sarah (ClarityK) Says:

    I’ve always wondered if it could be made into felt – maybe carpet underlay?

  3. Angela Says:

    Love it! I save all my dryer lint for this very purpose. This summer we went camping for a week and it was rainy! Good thing I brought my handy lint filled toilet paper tubes with us to help start our campfire. It burns for a long time. It is scary if you think about it! Great tip Julie!

  4. Jerry Slytt Says:

    just trash it. And remember – check your dryer lint filter frequently! :)

    • Julie Warner Says:

      Seriously? You post a suggestion to “trash it” on a post about creative reuse?

    • Paul Treanor Says:

      My partner is a firm believer that dryer lint is recyclable. It is only irritating on Monday’s when I have to fish it back out of the recycle bin before putting it on the curb for pick-up.

  5. Paul Treanor Says:

    Depending on your level of craftiness you can create artwork from your dryer lint (as demonstrated on HGTV, of course!) http://www.hgtv.com/crafting/dryer-lint-art/index.html

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