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#1 of 37 Old 01-05-2009, 01:01 AM - Thread Starter
 
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not just sometimes.
doesn't matter what i dry.

i must have enough purple clothes and towels that I permanently have purple dryer lint.

It's pretty, too.

anyone know any crafts i can do with it?

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Apologies in advance if this is a dupe post... I swear I posted a reply, but it just vanished into the magnetosphere...

Anyway. Most of my dryer lint is purple or bluish-purple. It can be white/off-white, sort of dark salmon, or the purple tones.

When I was a kid, I made a pillow, a stuffed kangaroo, and a tiny mattress for my dollhouse all stuffed with dryer lint. Very soft and fluffy!
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I have purple dryer lint too! I don't think I even own any purple clothes or towels? I used some of mine to add to homemade paper. It adds strength and looks really pretty!
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Purple lint is probably from jeans. As far as a craft...........I'm not sure.

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Mine is almost always a sort of purple for normal loads. Then I have the red lint from dh's work clothes and white from towels, socks and undies. You are not alone with the purple lint.
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Our's is purple too.

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Ours is almost always a bluish-purple color, kind of a dark lilac, it's very pretty. I think the guess that it's from Jeans is probably right too.

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Ours is purple, too! I think it's from drying so many jeans.
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mine varies from the purply gray from the jeans to the fuzzy whites from whites/towels and occasionally red but it's always lined with the white dog hair

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Mine's permanently bright blue, but I have a lot of blue towels. Can't help with the craft, the thought of repurposing dryer lint skeeves me out for some reason
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I've come across a recipe for lint playdough, but have never tried it. I've used lint in making firestarters - stuff lint in a cardboard (not styrofoam) egg carton, pour wax in each section, freeze and then break into sections.

eta: most of my lint is purple too.
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i must have enough purple clothes and towels that I permanently have purple dryer lint.
Or maybe you just have a lot of blue and purple clothes. Remember, blue+red=purple!

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Purple-y
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Embellishments for felt food? Stuffing for felt food? Can anyone tell I'm on a felt food kick?
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The more jeans I wash in a load, the more purple the lint is. Go figure.

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I'm pretty sure I remember some purple lint over here too. I don't know what from...but I sure have weird things come out of my washing machine. Just the other day, I was looking for the lid to the jelly, which I could not find anywhere in the kitchen. Guess what I found when I was switching the wash? You guessed it. The lid to the jelly.

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I've come across a recipe for lint playdough, but have never tried it. I've used lint in making firestarters - stuff lint in a cardboard (not styrofoam) egg carton, pour wax in each section, freeze and then break into sections.

eta: most of my lint is purple too.
My father has suggested using the lint for fire starting as well. I thought though that I read that the lint has a high amount of the fire retardants they put on kids pjs. Sound familiar to anyone (sometimes I think I read/heard something but may be making it up).

And, ours is usually some shade of purple too.

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I saw an art display at my local museum with dryer lint. It was basically lint mixed with elmers glue, rolled into balls and stuck on stuff in a decorative manner. HGTV has a how to for making dryer lint pictures by using different colors of lint stuck together to make pictures.

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Ours is purple, too! I think it's from drying so many jeans.
That makes sense because the primary color used in dyeing denim is indigo, or at least that's what I was told....

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Mine is typically blue-ish purple too, and aside from one skirt and one or two baby clothes items I don't even own jeans.
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Mine's always purple
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my kids dad has purple belly button lint. every day, no matter what he wears (and i nor my kids ever have any, period..!)

maybe its just one of those odd things...!!
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I think the purple is how black lint looks when it's all fluffed up and not woven into fabric.

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My father has suggested using the lint for fire starting as well. I thought though that I read that the lint has a high amount of the fire retardants they put on kids pjs. Sound familiar to anyone (sometimes I think I read/heard something but may be making it up).
I'm pretty sure that's only true if you wash fire-retardant children's PJs. If you instead insist on cotton PJs that say "Not fire retardant- must be worn tight-fitting", then this is probably not the case.
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I've used lint in making firestarters - stuff lint in a cardboard (not styrofoam) egg carton, pour wax in each section, freeze and then break into sections.
Make sure if you are only washing natural fiber clothes in any load that you make into firestarters. Synthetics can cause toxic fumes when burned.

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Ours can sometimes be purple, too. I think it's a mixture of red shirts and blue jeans - but as far as a craft, I'm not sure on that one. H hates it, though, when I clean out the lint tray and stick it on top of the dryer and forget to throw it away. Maybe HE should think of something to do with it besides bark at me! LOL
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I have all diff colors of lint but yes, most has a purplish tint to it. Sometimes it's greenish or even whitish gray.
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Guess what color your lint is when you wash a set of maroon flannel sheets for the first time??

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puuuuurple.

yeah, me too.

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I want to stuff a hand made doll with it, but I'm a little nervous. Dryer Lint is very flammable. I've also considered leaving it outside for the birds, composting it, making compostable flower pots for planting season. Paper seems like a fun idea though.
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