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tempestastrali
True Blue Farmgirl

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magdelina
mississippi
71 Posts

Posted - Aug 16 2008 :  01:37:15 AM  Show Profile  Send tempestastrali an AOL message  Reply with Quote
There are so many great uses for dryer lint, if you aren't reusing yours, you should start!
Not only can you use it in some composters, it makes a great little nest for a small pet like a mouse, hampster, or guinea pig.
Some people stuff pillows and quilts with it.
You can find a lot of recipes on the 'net for making clays and paper mache for your arts and crafts projects.
It makes an excellent firestarter, take it backpacking or camping with you! - pour some candle wax into your lint ball and stuff a small container (like a film canister or small tupperware) full of it. With the wax in it, it will burn long enough to get some kindling started. Lint can also be used in homemade candles to keep them burning good.
And of course, you can always just put it in tree branches and such so the birds can have some cozy nesting materials, from your home to theirs *^_^*

Any other ideas?

"How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!" ~Emily Dickinson

lacisne88
True Blue Farmgirl

1181 Posts

Chelsey
Lake Stevens Washington
USA
1181 Posts

Posted - Aug 16 2008 :  02:52:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you so muh for all of these ideas! I knew about the composting aspect but had never thought about the others...how great!

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electricdunce
True Blue Farmgirl

2544 Posts

Karin
Belmont ME
USA
2544 Posts

Posted - Aug 16 2008 :  07:45:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pincushion stuffing, that's my plan.

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tempestastrali
True Blue Farmgirl

71 Posts

magdelina
mississippi
71 Posts

Posted - Aug 16 2008 :  10:29:53 AM  Show Profile  Send tempestastrali an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Pin cushions, awesome! I hope more people will post ideas, I know there has to be millions of things to do with dryer lint! Check this out for a giggle:
http://www.studiocapezzuti.com/lint/artist_statement.htm



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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

591 Posts

Judith
Galt CA
USA
591 Posts

Posted - Aug 17 2008 :  3:13:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It can also be felted.

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Claude09647
True Blue Farmgirl

761 Posts

Claudia
Our Dairy Farm Pennsylvania
USA
761 Posts

Posted - Jul 14 2009 :  12:32:48 PM  Show Profile  Send Claude09647 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
What a great idea! I had never though of using it as stuffing material!! I make small stuffed bears and that would be a great way to cut down on costs!

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Alee
True Blue Farmgirl

22856 Posts

Alee
Worland Wy
USA
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Posted - Jul 14 2009 :  12:57:05 PM  Show Profile  Click to see Alee's MSN Messenger address  Send Alee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Interesting. I have heard of some of those ideas before. I don't save mine because it is usually large amounts of dog hair though.

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FebruaryViolet
True Blue Farmgirl

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Jonni
Elsmere Kentucky
USA
4810 Posts

Posted - Jul 14 2009 :  12:59:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I usually just put mine out for the birds...especially with all the dog/cat hair, I don't think I'd use mine for anything real special :)


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laurzgot
True Blue Farmgirl

1278 Posts

Laurie
Alvin Texas
USA
1278 Posts

Posted - Jul 14 2009 :  1:03:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great ideas. I like the stuffing ideas. I crosstitch small christmas ornaments and that would be ideal stuffing. I have left them for my birds.
Laurie

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willowtreecreek
True Blue Farmgirl

4813 Posts

Julie
Russell AR
USA
4813 Posts

Posted - Jul 14 2009 :  2:07:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have heard that it isnt suggested for stuffing because it is so highly flamable.

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LynnMarie
True Blue Farmgirl

612 Posts

Lynn
Staunton IL
USA
612 Posts

Posted - Jul 14 2009 :  2:15:59 PM  Show Profile  Send LynnMarie a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Make sure the lint you use for fire starters is cotton and not from a fabric blend. I learned the hard way; had way to many chimney fires one year until it dawned on me what was causing it.

LynnMarie




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katalind
True Blue Farmgirl

177 Posts

Kathy
Chapin SC
USA
177 Posts

Posted - May 23 2010 :  09:22:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the great idea! You just saved a lot of people some money from having to but stuffing for projects.
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patchworkpeace
True Blue Farmgirl

478 Posts

Judy
Jackson Michigan
USA
478 Posts

Posted - May 31 2010 :  05:40:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great ideas, thanks for sharing! Mine has a lot of cat hair in it, so we just use it for composting. I never thought of using it for stuffing. It would be great for stuffing cat toys. Also, for the right kind of stuffed doll/toy, maybe it could be braided or tacked down some way and used for hair?

Judy

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classygram
True Blue Farmgirl

1812 Posts

Brenda
Pleasant Hill Mo.
USA
1812 Posts

Posted - May 31 2010 :  06:02:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the ideas, I have put it out for the animals to use as needed. Went to the lint creation site, pretty cool. Just for kicks we should all try making a creation and see what we all come up with.

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cgonyer
True Blue Farmgirl

220 Posts

Cindy
Petersburg MI
USA
220 Posts

Posted - May 31 2010 :  06:39:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great idea - putting it out for the animals to use. Thanks!

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Grammygail
True Blue Farmgirl

172 Posts

Gail
Chattanooga Tennessee
USA
172 Posts

Posted - May 31 2010 :  07:13:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My dryer lint has been filling up the garbage can:( Thank you Farmgirl Sisters for all of the neat ideas!! We live next to a heavily wooded lot

and it is just full of all kinds of birds. I love spotting their nest. I can't wait to share some "building material" with them!!!

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Diane B Carter
True Blue Farmgirl

1270 Posts

Diane
Blasdell N.Y.
USA
1270 Posts

Posted - May 31 2010 :  07:37:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I put my dryer lint in my empty toilet rolls then use it to start campfires.

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brandyanne
True Blue Farmgirl

81 Posts

Debra

81 Posts

Posted - May 31 2010 :  10:33:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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knead2garden
True Blue Farmgirl

359 Posts

Ashley
Spring City TN
USA
359 Posts

Posted - May 31 2010 :  11:16:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Man, I never ever thought of composting it!! That is something I will start today. Doing laundry as we speak....

~Ashley

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Libbie
Farmgirl Connection Cultivator

3579 Posts

Anne E.
Elsinore Utah
USA
3579 Posts

Posted - Jun 05 2010 :  03:56:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I never thought of composting it, either - cool! I make firestarters (the lint/egg carton/parrafin-type) in the winter, but why did I not think of making them for camping, either? AND, I'll be sure to use cotton lint for it (thanks for the info!). Summer is clothesline time around here, but I've had a little family rebellion over "crunchy" towels, so I'll be doing a few dryer loads, too. Oh - and the lint creations? How totally funny!!!!

XOXO, Libbie

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Darcy
Farmgirl in Training

29 Posts

Darcy
Washington
29 Posts

Posted - Jun 06 2010 :  7:28:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have found that the first thing to go into the paper kitchen trash is the latest batch of dryer lint from the collection container I use. It will absorb any liquids or grease that gets poured in the trash as it cannot go down the drain. Keeps the bag from getting greasy wet and breaking open when it goes out for collection.
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duckmama
True Blue Farmgirl

54 Posts

Robin
Minnesota
USA
54 Posts

Posted - Jun 29 2010 :  3:04:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My boys have long used it with their flint and steel to start fires. They have awed many scout leaders and always say their mom taught them. They grew up carrying it in a ziplock with flint and steel in their back packs. After a few years living in a three room log cabin, with only wood for heat and cooking, it was a skill they all mastered. The firestarting skill in scouting penalizes for each additional match you use after the first. All three boys got bonus points for no matches.

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Hallie
Video Sister

79 Posts

Hallie
Pullman WA
USA
79 Posts

Posted - Jun 29 2010 :  4:26:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would love to be able to start my campfire with only one match. I like to joke that the first two are for kindling!

I'll have to make some lint starters for next time.

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Originally posted by duckmama

My boys have long used it with their flint and steel to start fires. <snipped>... The firestarting skill in scouting penalizes for each additional match you use after the first. All three boys got bonus points for no matches.

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Hallie
Video Sister

79 Posts

Hallie
Pullman WA
USA
79 Posts

Posted - Jun 29 2010 :  4:34:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by tempestastrali

Pin cushions, awesome! I hope more people will post ideas, I know there has to be millions of things to do with dryer lint! Check this out for a giggle:
http://www.studiocapezzuti.com/lint/artist_statement.htm
"How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!" Emily Dickinson
"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." ~ ~Kahlil Gibran




The dryer lint art is pretty amazing. I wonder if anyone else has considered trying something along those lines...?

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batznthebelfry
True Blue Farmgirl

1257 Posts

Michele
Athol Ma
USA
1257 Posts

Posted - Feb 01 2011 :  10:26:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dryer lint is also great to put in your compost, as is the stuff from your vacuum.....also can use them in sachets with fragrance for your drawers & closets...seems to hold the scent for a long time....Michele'

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FourSeasons
Farmgirl in Training

23 Posts

Melissa
Lizton Indiana
USA
23 Posts

Posted - Feb 02 2011 :  11:01:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We now save all our dryer lint..put it paper towel cardboard rolls and use for fire starter. My son's gerbil enjoys it too. Another fire starter....all that personal paper or junk mail that needs to be shredded....let the kids shred it and we keep in a paper bag and put in the camper.

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