Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Recycling Dryer Lint


Over the years I have tossed loads of dryer lint into the trash.  I've even tried composting it but with all the synthetic fibers in it it doesn't break down so well.  While I can totally live with tossing it out it is nice to be able to find something useful to do with it.


A few weeks ago I read that a couple of fellow bloggers were using it to make firestarters and I thought that was a great idea.  I mentioned it to my oldest daughter and she said she had heard about that too and wanted to try it.



So we did.  Every time we cleaned out the lint trap in the dryer we stuck the wad of fluff into an empty toilet paper tube.  After we filled up a couple of them I took them in the kitchen and got out the waxed paper.


Wrapping a couple of them in narrow strips of waxed paper I twisted the ends.  Now next time we start up the chiminea on the back deck we'll have these to use.  You just strike a match to the twisted ends and away they go.


What do you think?  Is this something you would do or is it just too over the top?




12 comments:

  1. We do this all the time! Works great! I keep a plastic bag hanging by the dryer to toss the lint in and another where we throw the empty tubes. Once the bags are somewhat full I send the kids on the back porch to stuff them. We wrap them up in the free penny-saver newspaper that I pick up in town from time to time. The kids always have fun comparing them to giant tootsie rolls. lol. I saw another blogger who does this and wraps them in Christmas wrapping paper and gives them as gifts to her sons who uses them for camping or hunting trips or something. :)

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  2. saved lint for dau with woodburner. she said it was great to start a fire. i just kept it in a dry bleach box. Wrapping in Christmas paper is a frugal, very cheap, useful, gift to give.

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  3. way cool. Let us know how it works!

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  4. I have never done this but might for the lake place. (Although we have never once used the fireplace there) At home we have a gas fireplace so no need for them here.

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    1. Now you might have to use that fireplace. Hmmm.

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  5. Hmm, I'm not sure about this one. If it's synthetic lint, it might become creosote when burned and stick along the sides of the chimney. Also, the wax on the paper makes me question it too. Maybe parchment instead?

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    1. Newspaper might be a better option. Certainly less expensive. I think most of the lint is natural. We'll just have to see how this works.

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  6. I would totally do that... in fact I did! I actually had a whole bag of them ready to take in my camper with me before I moved... but then my stuff went into storage for a little bit while I was moving and mice got into the storage unit :o( So, I tossed them because I was thinking it was probably perfect bedding and I was nervous they either were IN the bag or had left poop in the bag!

    Tania

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    1. Oh I'm sure they left poop in the bag. They always leave poop wherever they go, little blighters.

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