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tempestastrali Posted - Aug 16 2008 : 01:37:15 AM
There are so many great uses for dryer lint, if you aren't reusing yours, you should start!
Not only can you use it in some composters, it makes a great little nest for a small pet like a mouse, hampster, or guinea pig.
Some people stuff pillows and quilts with it.
You can find a lot of recipes on the 'net for making clays and paper mache for your arts and crafts projects.
It makes an excellent firestarter, take it backpacking or camping with you! - pour some candle wax into your lint ball and stuff a small container (like a film canister or small tupperware) full of it. With the wax in it, it will burn long enough to get some kindling started. Lint can also be used in homemade candles to keep them burning good.
And of course, you can always just put it in tree branches and such so the birds can have some cozy nesting materials, from your home to theirs *^_^*

Any other ideas?

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StitchinWitch Posted - Mar 05 2021 : 12:24:52 PM
I was almost finished making my Dotee doll for the swap, couldn't find my bag of polyfil stuffing, and didn't feel like venturing out to buy some. I had just washed and dried our big red Hudson Bay wool blanket, It was the first time it was washed so there was lots of beautiful red wool lint so my Valentine Dotee was stuffed with it. I used to use old nylon stockings for stuffing but haven't worn them for many years. They were good for stuffing kid toys as they are washable and dry fast.

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debtea2 Posted - Mar 04 2021 : 02:24:44 AM
Someone gave me a nesting ball..its made from little branches and stuffed with in unspun wool. You hang it on a tree branch for birds to pull pieces out to make their nests.
I refilled it with dryer lint and they seem to like it too...

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loribeck Posted - Aug 07 2019 : 5:34:45 PM
I was using cotton balls to put drops of peppermint essential oil on to help keep spiders away. I think I will use wadded up lint from the dryer. It would work every bit as good and is cheaper.

Lori Beck
TexasGran Posted - Aug 05 2019 : 5:02:40 PM
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Originally posted by TexasGran

Do you all use wool dryer balls? I bought three from Grove back in the spring. They really shorten the drying time. I gave my dil three for her birthday...she loves them. Now I've ordered three more for my oldest married grand daughter.
When I was at the laundromat that day I visited with a younger lady who was doing her family wash. She had a two gallon bag full of wool dryer balls.
She told me they sold their home two years ago and her appliances stayed. They had never replaced the washer and dryer! She told me that she decided to set aside Tuesday morning as wash day. As soon as everyone left for work and school, off to the laundromat she went, coffee and detergent, as well as her big bag of dryer balls. When the three hours were done and her clothes were all clean, dry, folded, and sorted into different baskets for different family members, and different areas of their home...she was ready to go home and unload. Now that is a smart young woman! She did not have to think about laundry the rest of the week.

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TexasGran Posted - Aug 05 2019 : 5:01:31 PM
Do you all use wool dryer balls? I bought three from Grove back in the spring. They really shorten the drying time. I have my dip three for her birthday...she loves them. Now I've ordered three more for my oldest married grand daughter.
When I was at the laundromat that day I visited with a younger lady who was doing her family wash. She had a two gallon bag full of wool dryer balls.
She told me they sold their home two years ago and her appliances stayed. They had never replaced the washer and dryer! She told me that she decided to set aside Tuesday morning as wash day. As soon as everyone left for work and school, off to the laundromat she went, coffee and detergent, as well as her big bag of dryer balls. When the three hours were done and her clothes were all clean, dry, folded, and sorted into different baskets for different family members, and different areas of their home...she was ready to go home and unload. Now that is a smart young woman! She did not have to think about laundry the rest of the week.

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loribeck Posted - Jul 25 2019 : 7:09:41 PM
Dianna, those pictures are amazing. So many uses for what most people call trash. I try to think of ways I can repurpose and reuse. I have never dreamed of dryer lint for art.

Lori Beck
suny58 Posted - Jul 25 2019 : 12:04:15 PM
I also recycle mine but mostly as a fire starter. I went to an art show in DC once also and saw incredible art made from lint! Here are a couple of pieces by Heidi Hooper. Isn't she amazing?? Thanks for the other great tips! Never thought about the critters!!


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loribeck Posted - Jul 23 2019 : 6:27:33 PM
Judith, really? That is interesting. I would like to try something like that. What a great way to recycle.

Lori Beck
StitchinWitch Posted - Jul 21 2019 : 11:20:22 PM
My sister used to felt dryer lint to use in other projects.

Judith

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loribeck Posted - Jul 21 2019 : 7:28:40 PM
I knew that dryer lint was good for starting fires, I just didn't think about putting it in trees to help the birds find nest building material. Great idea.

Lori Beck
RNchicklet Posted - Sep 10 2018 : 3:57:41 PM
Excellent ideas! Thanks so much. Am just starting to compost and will add the lint to the pile. Also plan to put some out for the birds and squirrels. Clean lint can also be used in a pinch to stop a bleeding wound until the wound can be cleaned and appropriately bandaged. Great for use in a first aid kit.

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ChickieMama Posted - Mar 30 2011 : 9:36:35 PM
Re-using my dryer lint has never crossed my mind. I am so thankful to read all of these neat ideas. I will start collecting from now on and will be happy when my campfires start right up! ;D

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pleasantvalleyfarm1 Posted - Mar 30 2011 : 10:57:57 AM
Woe! thanks ladies for the ideas, one more thing to reuse in my house. Loving it! I am making some stuff dolls for foster kids right now I will use it for that.

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Judyr808 Posted - Mar 06 2011 : 2:13:06 PM
I just saw on the news where a lady uses dryer LENT to make pictures. She made a copy of "The Last Supper", I think 4'x 8' and sold it for $1000's . The human mind is amazing!!!
Judy

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rksmith Posted - Mar 02 2011 : 4:58:12 PM
I have never thought about composting (or any other use for) lint! What awesome ideas!!! I will be putting a lint container next to the dryer to reuse it! Thanks!!!

Rachel
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Sharon Denise Posted - Mar 02 2011 : 1:01:28 PM
I've heard that you can also use dryer lint to make your own decorative paper. I've never tried it, but this has inspired me to do some research and give it a try!

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Colleen Easlon Posted - Mar 02 2011 : 12:04:00 PM
That is wonderful. I have always thrown lint away. Thanks for all the great ideas.
countrymommy85 Posted - Feb 25 2011 : 10:57:12 AM
I started hanging up my clothes instead of using the dryer. When I used the dryer I was saving the lint to use to start outdoor fires. Pretty handy but I no longer have dryer lint!

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cntrygrl Posted - Feb 03 2011 : 12:30:33 PM
We use dryer lint for the firestarters and I highly recommend it. Bought a HUGE bag of candles (enough to use for the next couple of years) at a thrift store for $2.50. Used a larger tin can and an old saucepan of boiling water. Break the candles up into junks, put it in the tin can (keep the lid attached to the can for a handle and bend opposite of the can for easy pouring), put the tin can in the boiling water until the wax melts. Stuff dryer lint into the egg slots of an egg carton then pour the melted wax over the lint until full. Once they are cooled, cut individually and waa-la! So far this winter we haven't had to use any kindling, just a couple smaller logs to start the fire. The only cost was the candles, but if you burn candles varily often, just save the last bits of your candles. And if your candles are scented, your house will smell wonderful while your melting them.


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OneHippieChick Posted - Feb 03 2011 : 04:54:20 AM
Libbie, if you put the "crunchy" (love that!) towels in the dryer with a damp washcloth for 5-10 minutes on high heat, they will soften. Do that with clothes too and it will take the wrinkles out!

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Originally posted by Libbie

Summer is clothesline time around here, but I've had a little family rebellion over "crunchy" towels, so I'll be doing a few dryer loads, too.

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Heartbroken farmgirl Posted - Feb 02 2011 : 11:54:56 AM
I haven't started a compost here, so that's not doable yet, but stuffing for pin cushions!!! What a great idea. Except for a few fire starters I have always just thrown it away.

My DH just built me a new sewing room,(yea, yea, yea!!!) So I could use a few new ones.

I love the suggestion of putting some lint in the bottom of the trash bag as well, to absorb the greasy, sloppy spills in the bottom. Wonderful idea.
I'll never throw it into the laundry room waste basket again.

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Bensgrandma Posted - Feb 02 2011 : 11:06:07 AM
What wonderful ideas. I am going to start using it right away for starting fires outside. The kids will love it.

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FourSeasons Posted - Feb 02 2011 : 11:01:17 AM
We now save all our dryer lint..put it paper towel cardboard rolls and use for fire starter. My son's gerbil enjoys it too. Another fire starter....all that personal paper or junk mail that needs to be shredded....let the kids shred it and we keep in a paper bag and put in the camper.

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batznthebelfry Posted - Feb 01 2011 : 10:26:10 PM
Dryer lint is also great to put in your compost, as is the stuff from your vacuum.....also can use them in sachets with fragrance for your drawers & closets...seems to hold the scent for a long time....Michele'

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Hallie Posted - Jun 29 2010 : 4:34:57 PM
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Originally posted by tempestastrali

Pin cushions, awesome! I hope more people will post ideas, I know there has to be millions of things to do with dryer lint! Check this out for a giggle:
http://www.studiocapezzuti.com/lint/artist_statement.htm
"How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!" Emily Dickinson
"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." ~ ~Kahlil Gibran




The dryer lint art is pretty amazing. I wonder if anyone else has considered trying something along those lines...?

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