What to do with all that dryer lint?

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 thoughts on “What to do with all that dryer lint?

  1. AMY (WARNERS' STELLIAN) October 4, 2010 — 9:19 am

    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.

    1. Making paper is actually a really good idea…but all my paper would be gray.

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

    1. You’d think it’d have to be way compacted to go under carpet…that’s an interesting suggestion.

  3. 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!

    1. That is kind of scary. Now I know why my dad was so adamant about keeping the filter clean.

  4. just trash it. And remember – check your dryer lint filter frequently! 🙂

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

    2. 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.

      1. That’s hilarious. What in dryer lint could possibly be conventionally recyclable? Wishful thinking, I suppose.

  5. 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

    1. I think I should hold a dryer lint art contest.

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