4 Weird Things To Do With Dryer Lint

Things To Do With Dryer Lint
4 Weird Things To Do With Dryer Lint

Before the popularization of the electric dryer, times were tough for the lint artist. There just weren’t enough belly buttons to go around for an ample supply of that billowy, cottony goodness. Let’s not even get started on the lengths the cavemen had to travel to find it.

These modern times afford us a hot meal, clean clothes, and more dryer lint than we know what to do with. The good news is that people will never run out of ideas on what to do with the things they don’t feel like throwing away. The bad news is, no matter how much it may remind you of the good ol’ days with grandpa at the carnival, you probably shouldn’t taste that pink batch that’s left behind after drying all those cozy, red flannels.

Here’s a motley few things that you can do with your dryer lint if you just don’t have the heart to part with it.

  1. FIRE STARTER

    The first thing to note about dryer lint is that it is flammable. Aside from the fact that your dryer will use less electricity if its lint trap is cleaned before every load, it’s also a good idea to keep the machine lint-free simply for your own safety.

    With that said, you can use this side effect to your advantage. A good way to store it is in an old coffee can – it needs to stay nice and dry for this effect to work (this was among the biggest mistakes of the cavemen). You can bring it along on camping trips or keep some in your car for emergencies. During a zombie apocalypse, it would be smart to escape the freeway on foot ONLY with some type of improvised flaming device to ward off the undead until you find better cover. Tip within a tip: the more you twist it, the slower it will burn.

    dryer lint fire starter

    via You Can Know Anything

  2. CLAY

    If you’re a down and out sculptor or you had a close encounter of the third kind but then ran out of mashed ‘taters, don’t worry! You can always make some homemade lint clay to work on your next masterpiece. All you will need (besides a cool Italian name) is:

    2 Cups of lint (firmly packed)
    1/3 Cup warm water
    6 tablespoons of white glue
    1 Tablespoon of clear dishwashing liquid

    The rest is really simple: you mix and mush all this stuff together until you get a uniform consistency. I’m sure you’ll make Donatello proud.

    dryer lint clay

    via Keenan Pepper

  3. ART

    Bizarre as it may seem, people have also been using lint as a direct art medium. By selecting different colors and textures, you can have a full palette of fuzz to work with. These ‘paintings’ are really more like a hybrid of paintings, mosaics, and sculptures all in one: Michelangetellos, anyone?

    dryer lint art

    via BunnyFrogs

  4. PACKING MATERIAL

    This one is for the ecologically-minded conservationist in all of us. Lint is probably the softest dry goods ‘garbage’ that humans produce, so why not put it to good use? (All good ideas rhyme, by the way.) If you don’t want the fibers to get all over whatever you have packaged, with a slightly less eco-friendly approach, you can put the lint in sandwich bags or something similar.

    dryer lint packing material

    via BunnyFrogs

You might not think about lint that often, but it’s quite likely that when you do, you think, “Hmmm, throw it out,” and that could be a real shame. Whether you want to be a better zombie-fighting machine or you’re just one sculpture away from your magnum opus, remember: lint isn’t just laundry dust. It’s magical laundry dust.

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Posted by Matt Hansen

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