Home & Garden Home 7 Creative Uses for Dryer Lint By Laura Moss Writer University of South Carolina Laura Moss is a journalist with more than 15 years of experience writing about science, nature, culture, and the environment. our editorial process Laura Moss Updated February 24, 2021 Photo: außerirdische sind gesund/flickr. Share Twitter Pinterest Email Home Thrift & Minimalism Pest Control Natural Cleaning DIY Family Green Living Sustainable Eating If you use a dryer, then you know that dryer lint is never in short supply. Instead of tossing that fluff into the trash, here are some innovative ways you can put it to good use in your home, your yard or your next outdoor adventure. Fire starter There’s a reason dryer lint is responsible for 2,900 fires in the U.S. each year: It’s incredibly flammable. Start collecting lint to use as a fire starter on your next camping trip. You can even create a fire-starting block by mixing lint with melted wax from candle stubs and pouring it into an empty cardboard egg carton. Pet bedding If you have small mammals like mice, hamsters or guinea pigs, add lint to the cage for nesting purposes. However, if you use a cage heater, forego the lint to avoid a fire hazard. Use it as mulch Apply dryer lint to indoor or outdoor plants to help them stay warm in winter months and retain water. Over time, the lint will break down in the soil. Soak up messes If you spill motor oil or other liquids in the driveway, grab a handful of lint to sop up the mess. Get crafty Use leftover lint as stuffing for pillows or quilts, or use it to make paper or mix up some clay. Instant packing material Need to mail something fragile? Dryer lint makes a great cushion. Compost You can always toss that lint into the compost pile, but be wary of doing this too often if you use dryer sheets — they may add unwanted chemicals to your compost. What other ways have you found to repurpose dryer lint? Let us know in the comments.