Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How to Reuse Dryer Lint

Who would have thought that the icky fuzz we clean from our dryer trap could be reused? Help your planet by eliminating waste.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:

  • Dryer Lint
Save the dryer lint. Keep a small box or bag near your dryer for storing the lint until it is reused.
Reuse lint to start fires. Stuff an empty paper egg cartons with lint. Stuff it full and close the lid. Make a hole in each "egg" at the bottom of the carton. Pour melted candle wax in each hole. Let this dry until the was is hard (2-3 hours). You can use these for kindling, as you would newspaper, but they work much better.
Reuse lint as mulch. If you were natural fibers such cotton and linen, dryer lint makes a great mulch. I would not put lint from synthetic fabrics into my organic garden. Just make a donut of lint around your tiny plant. Don't get it right against the plant, as mulch should not touch the stem of the plant. This promotes fungus and root rot. You can use lint alone or in combination with other materials reused for mulch.
Reuse lint as clay. You can actually make clay out of dryer lint. Put 1 1/2 C of dryer lint in a sauce pan. Add 1 C water. Add 1/2 C of flour and stir until smooth. Add 2 drops of vegetable oil or essential oils. Cook over low heat stirring constantly until it forms peak and has a solid consistency. Place on newspaper to cool. You may use it for molding as you would any clay then allow to dry for 3 days. You can paint it to add pizzazz.

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