On Sunday I had to pull out my dryer so that the plumber could get to the wall to repair my shower. I can't believe what a mess there is behind the dryer! Then I find out not only is dryer lint flammable but you may be wasting this valuable household resource. I found 5 good ways for you to reuse your dryer lint.

  • 1

    To Start Fire

    Dryer lint is highly flammable. So use it in a fireplace or a campfire instead of buying lighter fluid.

    Zsolt Nyulaszi
  • 2

    As a Cage Liner

    As a cage liner for hamster and guinea pigs. They love it because it's great for building beds and nests. Just don't use it near a cage heater or electric lamp.

  • 3

    Garden Mulch

    It's great for potted plants or outdoor flowerbeds. It breaks down naturally and enriches the soil.

    srqpix/Kabacchi/Dendroica cerulea, Flickr
  • 4

    Papermaking

    If you make your own paper for crafts or stationery, use dryer lint in the slurry. Supposedly it adds interesting textures and colors, and is also great in paper mache.

    Robyn Mackenzie - Thinkstock
  • 5

    Nesting Material for Birds

    If you have any trees nearby, birds are probably already raiding your dryer vent for lint. Might as well collect it and leave it out for them.

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