Every time I clean out the lint trap of the tumble dryer, I keep wondering how to make good use of this by-product of our clothes washing. Rather than throw it away, I've taken to putting it in a bag. It seems a shame to waste it, but unless I find a good use for it soon, I will have to resign myself to that. What creative uses can it be put to?
You can keep old ice cream tub in a cupboard near the tumble dryer for lint recycling purposes and simply chuck the lint in there each time when clean out the trap. You can re use them for following purpose.
- Eco-friendly waterproof firelighters: The very flammability of lint can be used if a rapid fire is required.
- Pet bedding: Burrowing pets love a roll in the lint and so you can use it.
- Play clay:Lint clay is fun to make and even more fun to mess around with on a rainy afternoon.
- Packaging for breakables: Clean, soft and flexible lint is ideal for protecting fragile objects during posting or a house move.
- Compost material:Any purely natural fibre lint can be composted.
You can easily create a throw pillow (just 2 rectangles of fabric sewn together) and use that as stuffing. With a little fancier shape, you could create a stuffed animal for a kid and fill it with dryer lint.
However, you should research dryer lint allergens before creating either of these. It could be that a lint-filled pillow makes people sneeze!
Vermiculture. Dryer Lint makes an excellent bedding for worms who compost everything and create nice fertile castings for your garden.
Make paper from the lint. A search will uncover several sites with instructions how to do it.
I would recommend to throw it outside, for birds to make nests of it.
It´s quite good as isolation, so you can use it to have one temperature inside of something and another outside. That could be an isolating bag (hot/cold food/beverages), a birdhouse or sewing it into pockets and make your own sleeping bag.