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Go Beyond the Bin to Recycle Dryer Lint
Dryer lint is that grey, fluffy soft stuff you’re reminded to clear off the lint screen of your dryer before drying your clothes, and it’s got more uses than you think! After wet clothes or fabric have been tumbled around the dryer, dryer lint forms from loose fibers and debris that accumulated in the dryer filter and stuck together.
If you’re like most people, you probably scrape off dryer lint straight into a trash can, but if you’re so inclined and love to recycle, here are some clever uses for dryer lint.
Uses for Dryer Lint: Add Water and Stir
The following uses for dryer lint lead to entertaining recycling projects!
- For paper mache projects, use dryer lint in this recipe for paper mache paste.
- To make modeling clay, mix 3 cups dryer lint, 2 cups water, 1 cup of flour, and 1/8 teaspoon of vegetable oil in a large saucepan and stir over medium heat until smooth. Make sure it has cooled before using, and allow it to air dry several days before painting or decorating.
- Use dryer lint along with recycled egg cartons to make homemade fire starters.
- If you don’t feel like taking the effort to make fire starters, dryer lint makes great kindling. Just add it as-is along with your kindling and newspaper when starting a fire in your woodstove or while camping.
- Some people use dryer lint as mulch around plants, but gardeners cite that it is
not very resilient.
- Dryer lint is also a good base for making paper.
Helpful Laundry Tips
Dryer balls could reduce your tumble drying costs by 25%. Nellie’s dryer balls are reusable, completely recyclable, PVC-free, and give you static-free clothes without chemical softeners.
Check out the little known soap nut to clean your clothes, where just a A 32-ounce bag yields 300 or more loads of laundry and saves you serious money.
For recycling dryer sheets, check out the way the crafty blogger at BoBunny made flower blooms by cutting out different sized circles.