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5 Ways To Reuse Your Dryer Lint

On Sunday I had to pull out my dryer so that the plumber could get to the wall to repair my shower. I can’t believe what a mess there is behind the dryer! Then I find out not only is dryer lint flammable but you may be wasting this valuable household resource. I found 5 good ways for you to reuse your dryer lint.

Zsolt Nyulaszi
Zsolt Nyulaszi

To Start Fire


Dryer lint is highly flammable. So use it in a fireplace or a campfire instead of buying lighter fluid.


As a Cage Liner


As a cage liner for hamster and guinea pigs. They love it because it's great for building beds and nests. Just don't use it near a cage heater or electric lamp.

srqpix/Kabacchi/Dendroica cerulea, Flickr
srqpix/Kabacchi/Dendroica cerulea, Flickr

Garden Mulch


It's great for potted plants or outdoor flowerbeds. It breaks down naturally and enriches the soil.

Robyn Mackenzie - Thinkstock



If you make your own paper for crafts or stationery, use dryer lint in the slurry. Supposedly it adds interesting textures and colors, and is also great in paper mache.

Ingram Publishing
Ingram Publishing

Nesting Material for Birds


If you have any trees nearby, birds are probably already raiding your dryer vent for lint. Might as well collect it and leave it out for them.


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