Everyone that has a clothes dryer has dryer lint. This is that fuzzy greyish stuff that you pull off your dryer’s filter whenever you dry clothing. Previously, you might have just thrown this fuzz in the garbage. You should know, however, that you are throwing out some valuable stuff! Here are four creative uses for dryer lint.
Dryer lint is very flammable. That is why you have to remove it from your dryer all the time. This makes it unsuitable for some crafts such as batting in blankets or stuffing for toys or pillows.
However, its flammability makes it a great fire starter. If you have a fireplace, you can keep several toilet paper rolls stuffed with dryer lint as fire starters. If you go camping, you can carry some lint in a plastic bag. These will burn very well for starting other tinder or wood.
Dryer Lint Clay
You can make various craft projects with dryer lint clay. This is great for kid’s sculpting crafts as well.
To make it, you start by tearing up a couple of cups of dryer lint into a saucepan. You will add 2 cups of water and slowly add another cup of plain flour, and a very small amount of vegetable oil. Stir this constantly over low heat until it binds together smoothly.
Pour it out of the pan onto sheets of news or waxed paper to cool. After it is cool, you can use it to create all sorts of things by sculpting it, covering other items, or putting it into clay molds. It will dry completely in several days.
Dryer Lint Paper Mache
Dryer lint paper mache is made in much the same way as dryer lint clay, but with more water and flour added in. The consistency will be thinner and smooth.
This paper mache can be used to smooth over models or other craft projects. For example, you can make paper mache bowls, balloons, or masks. Drying completely will take several days, after which you can sand it smooth and paint it.
Dryer lint makes excellent mulch if it comes primarily from natural fabrics. It can be mixed with compost or soil to help hold moisture in the ground for your plants. It can also cover the soil to shade roots and hold in water. Dryer lint can also be used that the bottom of houseplant pots to help drain water without losing any potting soil.
Using your dryer lint for various creative projects is a great idea. Not only does it provide free fun and helpful household things, it reduces the production of garbage. Try out these fun dryer lint creations.