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(Mother Nature Network)   Seven different ways to make you feel bad about throwing away your old dryer lint   (mnn.com) divider line 65
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2014-03-14 09:30:28 AM  
We don't. My girlfriend started making us save it a couple years ago and. Ow she uses it to stuff little creepy stuffed animals she makes for kids. It is kind of awesome.
 
2014-03-14 10:17:02 AM  
If you save it, you can make a matching sock to makeup for the missing sock...
 
2014-03-14 10:17:35 AM  
I clean out the lint in my navel once a month, and use the old dryer lint for new "stufffing".
 
2014-03-14 10:18:48 AM  
Nope. I don't feel bad about throwing it out.

There's a fine line between hoarding, and being thrifty. Saving dryer lint is probably crossing that line.
 
2014-03-14 10:19:13 AM  
Makes great tinder.
 
2014-03-14 10:19:52 AM  
i rent and our washer and dryer are kept outside.  I use the dryer lint to clean the outside of the appliances.
 
2014-03-14 10:21:32 AM  
So far, this thread is golden - just the laughs I needed to start my Friday Pi Day National Potato Chip Day payday the Eve of Ides....
 
2014-03-14 10:21:57 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Nope. I don't feel bad about throwing it out.

There's a fine line between hoarding, and being thrifty. Saving dryer lint is probably crossing that line.


I think the idea of using it as kindling is a good idea. But packing material, Really? If you send me a present, stuffed in dryer lint, I probably would take it that you hate me.
 
2014-03-14 10:22:16 AM  
Since most clothes contain synthetic materials, pretty much all of those are bad ideas, unless you only saved lint from cotton towel loads.
 
2014-03-14 10:22:23 AM  
Use it for fire starters for the fire place or camping.  I can pack a year's worth in a couple of hours, and saves a ton of money over those "fire logs".

Also good for shoving into politician's mouths to plug up the stream of garbage.
 
2014-03-14 10:23:02 AM  
Culture it and harvest the pathogens?
 
2014-03-14 10:23:06 AM  
I only throw out the new dryer lint.  The old stuff is put away in my safe deposit box.
 
2014-03-14 10:23:24 AM  
8. Accumulate a big pile of hyper flammable material in your home.
 
2014-03-14 10:24:15 AM  

unlikely: We don't. My girlfriend started making us save it a couple years ago and. Ow she uses it to stuff little creepy stuffed animals she makes for kids. It is kind of awesome.


I'm sure that every time the kid hugs their doll and they get enveloped in a grey cloud of fine lint particles that shoot of from between the doll's cloth fibers, this won't lead a few years later to severe breathing issues. Nope.
 
2014-03-14 10:25:14 AM  

MindStalker: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Nope. I don't feel bad about throwing it out.

There's a fine line between hoarding, and being thrifty. Saving dryer lint is probably crossing that line.

I think the idea of using it as kindling is a good idea. But packing material, Really? If you send me a present, stuffed in dryer lint, I probably would take it that you hate me.


Really. Here's some glittery, dog hairy lint. I saved 30 cents.
 
2014-03-14 10:26:42 AM  
We've got a fireplace in our new home, and have also been putting in new hardwood floors.  I've got sawdust and lint stockpiled for making fire starters over the spring and summer for next winter, using the methods they've described.  We've also got a compost bin, but I worry about the synthetic fibers and the old lady's excessive use of dryer sheets :/
 
2014-03-14 10:27:19 AM  
Compost.
 
2014-03-14 10:27:26 AM  
Waiting for the Farker thats stores a pile next to the toilet.
 
2014-03-14 10:27:41 AM  
9. Throw it away.
 
2014-03-14 10:28:59 AM  
1. Mix it with butter, crisco or some other type of fat.
2. Flatten out two large pieces about the size of your hand.
3. Mash them together, crimping the edges and making a pocket
4. Warm in the microwave for about 5 seconds.
5. Insert lonely cheeto encrusted Fark member
6. Go to town in your mom's basement.
 
2014-03-14 10:30:35 AM  
I thought our parents would breathe it during the day, when we went to school, cause they are aliens?

/Dr. Stupid, you lied to me.
 
2014-03-14 10:30:55 AM  
It goes great in breakfast cereal
 
2014-03-14 10:31:49 AM  
None of those are relevant to me.  I guess I'll keep throwing my lint out, like a non-crazy person.
 
2014-03-14 10:32:20 AM  

walkerhound: and have also been putting in new hardwood floors


I'm not sure what's worse.  Having the staple hit a subfloor nail and bend into a paperclip or hitting the stapler with the airline unhooked.
 
2014-03-14 10:32:40 AM  
Instant packing material
Need to mail something fragile? Dryer lint makes a great cushion.


That's kind of gross. I don't want to receive someone elses dryer lint.
 
2014-03-14 10:33:16 AM  

offacue: I only throw out the new dryer lint.  The old stuff is put away in my safe deposit box.


That's what I thought, old VS new?
 
2014-03-14 10:33:41 AM  
A spoonful a day will keep you regular.
 
2014-03-14 10:34:45 AM  
Just sorta an odd article coming from MNN or Treehugger.  I guess it's nice that you can think of things to do with the lint.  Or, you could, y'know use a clothesline.

/ owns a dryer
// uses it about 4 months of the year
/// not a hyper-environmentalist
//// but a cheapskate
 
2014-03-14 10:35:11 AM  
Do they pick the pubic hair out of it first?
 
2014-03-14 10:36:26 AM  
I throw away my old dryer lint to make room for the new.
 
2014-03-14 10:44:19 AM  

ChipNASA: 1. Mix it with butter, crisco or some other type of fat.
2. Flatten out two large pieces about the size of your hand.
3. Mash them together, crimping the edges and making a pocket
4. Warm in the microwave for about 5 seconds.
5. Insert lonely cheeto encrusted Fark member
6. Go to town in your mom's basement.


I have never regretted favoriting you.
 
2014-03-14 10:46:06 AM  
8. Just keep piling it up on top of the dryer until the mountain falls in the space next to the wall and you don't have to think about it anymore.
 
2014-03-14 10:49:36 AM  
+1 for starting fires.
 
2014-03-14 10:49:58 AM  
This is just a list meant to taunt people who deal with hoarders.  Go on, picture 10 or 15 plastic grocery bags filled with dryer lint that will never get used.  Picture it on top of a stack of old dish towels from the 1970's.
 
2014-03-14 10:50:15 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: There's a fine line between hoarding, and being thrifty. Saving dryer lint is probably crossing that line.


I would call it a classic "red flag".
 
2014-03-14 10:51:20 AM  
Homemade tampons!
 
2014-03-14 10:56:10 AM  
You mean as opposed to my old neighbors, who would remove it from the dryers only to throw it behind said machines?
 
2014-03-14 11:00:00 AM  
Cody Lundin cries for the thrown away lint.
 
2014-03-14 11:00:09 AM  
horror story:
a friend of mine told me when doing the laundry she could not get the lint to pile up and come out of the lint trap. so she licked her fingers to get them moist and get the lint to stick....that is when she found out the lint was sticking to her fingers already...yuk
 
2014-03-14 11:05:13 AM  
just FYI

http://www.abevigoda.com/

current status ALIVE!
 
2014-03-14 11:06:22 AM  
Fire starter
     I live in Phoenix, what's a fire?

Pet bedding
    Hamster? Buy a real pet.

Use it as mulch
    I live in Phoenix, what's "keeping plants warm"?

Soak up messes
    I don't change my own oil. And besides, what do you do with a ball of oil-soaked lint?

Get crafty
    Nope, don't do crafts.

Instant packing material
    ...aaannnnnddd now my friends and family think I'm really creepy and gross, no thanks.

Compost
    Seems useless given washing/drying chemicals and non-organic material.
 
2014-03-14 11:08:41 AM  
Dryer lint is indeed flammable as hell as I can attest.  A few months ago, my wife called me saying she smelled smoke after turning on the dryer.  My immediate reaction was to tell her to 1. turn the dryer OFF.  and 2.  Open the bottom panel and make sure the flames have gone out.

Fortunately, nothing bad happened.

The burner in the dryer, is like an open flame in a sideways can.  It's not exactly shrouded by much of anything.  As a result, it's very easy for lint to pile up and actually catch fire as the burner swings into action.

So now, about once a month or so, I take off that front plate and vacuum out every last piece of lint I can find.

This story serves as good advice for any homeowner.
 
2014-03-14 11:08:59 AM  

big pig peaches: Since most clothes contain synthetic materials, pretty much all of those are bad ideas, unless you only saved lint from cotton towel loads.


I've put plenty of loads into cotton towels. Maybe I should hold off for Lint.
 
2014-03-14 11:09:46 AM  
I keep mine stored in the convoluted exhaust venting.  Nothing bad can come of that right?
 
2014-03-14 11:15:56 AM  

durbnpoisn: Dryer lint is indeed flammable as hell as I can attest.  A few months ago, my wife called me saying she smelled smoke after turning on the dryer.  My immediate reaction was to tell her to 1. turn the dryer OFF.  and 2.  Open the bottom panel and make sure the flames have gone out.

Fortunately, nothing bad happened.

The burner in the dryer, is like an open flame in a sideways can.  It's not exactly shrouded by much of anything.  As a result, it's very easy for lint to pile up and actually catch fire as the burner swings into action.

So now, about once a month or so, I take off that front plate and vacuum out every last piece of lint I can find.

This story serves as good advice for any homeowner.


Sounds like you're using gas? It's somewhat less of a risk in electrics, but still good advice.
 
2014-03-14 11:16:59 AM  

Onkel Buck: Do they pick the pubic hair out of it first?


Nah, it's like rebar for concrete.
 
2014-03-14 11:18:00 AM  

offacue: walkerhound: and have also been putting in new hardwood floors

I'm not sure what's worse.  Having the staple hit a subfloor nail and bend into a paperclip or hitting the stapler with the airline unhooked.


Face nailing.  That's the worst.
 
2014-03-14 11:19:45 AM  
9. Use it to suffocate field mice
10. Use it for attic insulation
11. CreatE a homunculus to thwart your foes
 
2014-03-14 11:24:04 AM  
I use it as exfoliator. The pubes give it a great abrasiveness.
 
2014-03-14 11:32:09 AM  
Since my girlfriend doesn't bother to clean out the lint trap when I go to check it there is a doll sized quilt in there.
So I suppose I could use it as doll accessories.

/and then she wonders why it takes so long to dry clothes.
 
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