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Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Dryer Lint

This stuff seems to be good for one thing and one thing only: setting on fire. Clean your lint trap often, as lint buildup decreases the efficiency of your dryer. As far as I know, lint isn’t even close to being an environmental hazard, so you don’t have to worry too much about this one.

Reduce

Hang dry your laundry. Other benefits include it not being as harsh on fabrics, and it saves electricity. As a conservative estimate, an electric dryer runs at 3000 watts, drawing 30 times as much power as a 100-watt light bulb. :o P

Reuse

Use it as a fire starter. Light it up willy nilly or stuff some in a toilet paper tube for packaged kindling. Take some on the go by stuffing it in a sandwich bag, some old film canisters (it’s quite compressible), or pill containers (those translucent orange ones). As an inexperienced pyro, I tried lighting some lint and it seems to burn pretty well, although nothing amazing. It seems to light easier and burn longer than newspaper. Lint performance may vary, depending on the lint fiber composition (or LFC). Do not use lint to stuff toys, pillows, blankets, etc. because it is highly flammable.

Make paper. (See the Newspaper entry.)

Make lint paper mache or lint clay. (:o0 ???)

Recycle

Compost it or feed it to your worm bin (no lint from synthetic fabrics, which don’t degrade. Natural LFC only.)

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