Multiple Uses for Dryer Lint

Dryer lint – it doesn't look like much, but it's actually pretty useful stuff. Check out these uses for dryer lint, and you may think twice about throwing it out:

Make Fire Starters

balled up dryer lint
Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Dryer lint is super flammable stuff, so use it to make your own fire starters. Just tuck a bunch inside a toilet paper roll; wrap the whole thing in newspaper; tuck in the ends; and you're good to go. For longer-burning fire starters, follow the instructions found here.

Compost It

Toss your dryer lint on your compost pile, and wait for it to turn into free soil for your garden. Keep in mind: This should only be done with lint from natural fibers like cotton and linen – man-made fibers may not break down as readily.

Use It as Pet Bedding

Have a pet hamster, gerbil, guinea pig or rat? Take all that fluff that you pull out of the lint trap, and deposit it in their cage. They'll be thrilled to have it as bedding material, and you'll have one less thing to buy for them.

Make Dryer Clay

Whip up a quick batch of clay for the kids. Dryer clay is easy to make, and lots of fun to play with.

Use It as Stuffing

Dryer lint is nothing more than freshly-laundered fiber that's come off of your clothing, so save some cash by using it to stuff pillows and stuffed animals.

Soak Up Spills

If you get motor oil on your driveway or garage floor – and you don't have any kitty litter on hand – grab a wad of dryer lint, and use it to soak up the mess.

Make Paper

Save up your dryer lint. Then, use it to make beautiful, handmade paper for your cardmaking and scrapbooking projects:

  • How to Make Dryer Lint Paper

Make Papier Mache

Use dryer lint in place of the newspaper strips in your next papier mache project. You'll find it's much easier to mold, and requires fewer layers:

  • How to Make Dryer Lint Papier Mache Pulp

Clean Out All the Lint

Remove the lint from the lint trap after each load of laundry, but don't stop there. Your dryer vent also needs to be cleaned out twice a year to minimize fire risk and keep your dryer running efficiently.