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How to Reuse and Recycle Laundry Dryer Lint

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If you use a clothes dryer, you have dryer lint. Find some creative ways to reuse and recycle something that is usually thrown away.

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Fire Starter

One of the reasons we clean out dryer lint is to prevent fires - it is highly flammable. So, why not use it to start a fire where you want one?

One method is to pack lint into a small section of toilet paper or paper towel tubing to take on camping trips. The lint will light quickly and get your kindling off to a good start.

Another method is to make fire starters by packing lint into the cups of paper egg cartons. Pour melted candle wax over the lint. Cut the egg carton apart into 12 separate fire starters. Simply light the edge of the paper egg cup and place next to your kindling to get a good blaze started.

Pet Bedding

If you have guinea pigs or hamsters or gerbils or rats, lint makes some great bedding. It is clean and soft and easy to replenish.

Stuff Small Crafts

If you just need a bit of filling for a craft ornament or toy, use lint. Again, it is clean and free!

Prevent Soil Erosion and Weed Growth

Lint is not a great mulch for plants but it can prevent weed growth and erosion. Lint from natural fibers like cotton, linen and flax can be added to your compost pile.

Spin Into Thread

If you are a fiber artist, lint can be spun into new thread to use in knitting or crochet projects.

Use Dryer Lint to Make Clay, Paper or Papier Mache

Dryer lint can be used to make modeling clay, paper or papier mache projects. All it takes is some creativity and time.
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