We’ve all been told to clean out the lint trays in our dryers to avoid a house fire. And for good reason- dryer lint burns like crazy! And when we clean out that tray, we throw the lint out, right?
Not anymore! With Winter Storm Pax coming my way, I decided to work on this quick, nearly-free DIY project. I had first heard about this from a colleague of mine who takes regular hunting/camping tricks…and then I was reminded of this by one of the Bad Pennies. Dryer lint makes a fabulous fire starter (i.e., tinder) for those of us with wood-burning fireplaces in our homes.
There are literally dozens of ways to make these- the internet is full of ideas, from the simple to the complicated. My method? Super easy- three materials: Dryer lint, Empty toilet paper tubes, and wax paper. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
I’ve been saving dryer lint and cardboard tubes for a while now, so I had a plenty of each to work with.
Then, I just crammed some dryer lint into one of my cardboard tubes. And yes, my dryer lint looks gross…but I’m working under the assumption that everyone’s does.
I had read that wax paper worked really well as a fire starter so I decided to wrap up my stuffed tubes with it to finish the job. Full disclosure, though- I’ve had the same box of wax paper for more than a decade and was really excited to finally have a reason to use it up.
And there you have it! Fireplace is all ready to go when the snow starts falling.
Ridiculously easy AND a great way to “recycle” materials you already have. And now…bring on the snow!