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Anyone got any suggestions for things I can do with dryer lint? It's one of the few things we throw out regularly, and I'm trying to cut out the last bit of non-recyclable trash.

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I throw it in my composter (when I remember to).
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I use it, old candles and paper egg cartons to make fire starters to get our very hard to light wood stove going....
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I compost it too.

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On another forum I frequent, someone felted it!!! Looked quite good, though she did comment that it took a lot more than she expected!
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I remember watching a show a long time ago about a very thrifty family (on donahue) the lady used her when making a paper mache mask.
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i have a friend who puts some of it outside for the birds to make nests with.
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We can compost it.

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Somewhere i read a recipe using dryer lint for a kids playdough type modeling material. I never made it though.
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we use it to make paper
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I remebered something I did a while ago- had to patch a one inch hole int he wall- put in spackle, then some dryer lint, let it dry then added a little more spackle- worked pretty well ; )
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I know it sounds bad......but I just toss it. I am doubting that it has THAT much affect on the environment.
Personally it grosses me out with all of the hair and probably dead skin cells clumped in it.............ick!!! a little too much for me!

I have heard of people felting it and making "dust bunnies"

But personally that is too gross for me!

If I did have a major issue with it, then I would just add it to the collection of carpet lint that pollutes my yard (I have a rainbow vac...so it uses water and I dump it outside....so my yard looks like several dead animals died in it...with all of the carpet/hair lint piles...lol) Oddly enough I would rather pollute my property than a landfill.....crazy huh.....plus I like to see how long it takes things to leave.
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OH my goodness, that made me laugh.

I'm with you about the lint being too gross to do something with. I have never felt guilty about tossing it in the trash. I never even thought about composting it...
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Another vote for composting it here - why not turn it into something you can use rather than just sending it to the landfill. I know it doesn't seem like much each time you clean out the lint screen thingy, but I would imagine that over your lifetime it could add up to quite a lot!
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I know it doesn't seem like much each time you clean out the lint screen thingy, but I would imagine that over your lifetime it could add up to quite a lot!
I keep a box on my dryer to collect it. I'm always surprised by how quickly it fills up!

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Another vote for firestarters (grill, campfire, woodstove)...
Or compost, if there is enough cotton...

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We put it in a net onion bag and hang it from a tree. The birds pull out chunks of it out to line their nests. We've done it that way for years and the birds, everywhere we've lived in the country, seem to love it.

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We put it in a net onion bag and hang it from a tree. The birds pull out chunks of it out to line their nests. We've done it that way for years and the birds, everywhere we've lived in the country, seem to love it.
Brilliant Idea!!!!

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I use it, old candles and paper egg cartons to make fire starters to get our very hard to light wood stove going....
How do you make fire starters from these items?

I am terrible at starting fires and I think I need this...
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We put it in a net onion bag and hang it from a tree. The birds pull out chunks of it out to line their nests. We've done it that way for years and the birds, everywhere we've lived in the country, seem to love it.


I like your tip alot! I now have a netted bag 9from a netted ag of apples) hanging in my washroom to gather lint in for the little birdies!
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I don't have any dryer lint because I don't use the dryer!

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We put ours in our worm bin with fruit and veggie scraps. It gives the worms something dry to mix in with all that wet.
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We put it in a net onion bag and hang it from a tree. The birds pull out chunks of it out to line their nests. We've done it that way for years and the birds, everywhere we've lived in the country, seem to love it.

Thanks for this! We are going to start putting ours out for the birds.

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We put it in a net onion bag and hang it from a tree. The birds pull out chunks of it out to line their nests. We've done it that way for years and the birds, everywhere we've lived in the country, seem to love it.
Just as a note about my suggestion:

The birds sometimes take small amounts of it throughout the year, but by far, the majority of it gets used in the nest-building season, so don't expect much action any other time. It may be too late for it this year. When I lived in Indiana, though, the birds would make off with an entire year's worth of lint in about three weeks' time. So, start saving!

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Firestarters:

1. Melt the wax in a double boiler (tin can in a pan of water works well)

2. Stuff as much lint as you can into the cardboard egg cups (or tp/cut down papertowel rolls)

3. Carefully fill up the cups with the melted wax (try to leave at least one corner unsoaked).

4. When you are ready for a fire just take a cup or two, light the corner & away you go!!!

The lint all by it's self works quite well but burns very quickly so you have to use a lot - that's why the wax works so well - it slows down the burning.

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Huh--do you think it really breaks down in compost? I guess I'm thinking that some of our clothes are made of synthetics.

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Yes but I think only the natural fibers actually give off lint in the trap.

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We put it in a net onion bag and hang it from a tree. The birds pull out chunks of it out to line their nests. We've done it that way for years and the birds, everywhere we've lived in the country, seem to love it.

I put your great idea to use today!! The birdies here are still gathering stuff.

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When I was a kid the neighbor across the street used dryer lint for the stuffing in homemade doll pillows. She had 2 boys and was very crafty and loved making stuff like that... my sister and I were thrilled when she made us a bunch of little pillows for our Barbies! She used leftover scraps of material to make them too. I still have mine and some bigger pillows for my Cabbage Patch dolls as well... my 5 yr old plays with them now.

I love the bird suggestion btw.

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Huh--do you think it really breaks down in compost? I guess I'm thinking that some of our clothes are made of synthetics.
I was wondering this too.

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