If you use a clothes dryer, you have dryer lint. The most important thing you can do with dryer lint is to remove it from your dryer after every load. This will help prevent a devastating home fire and make your dryer more efficient.

But did you know that you don’t have to throw all that lint away? If you want to recycle lint, place a container in your laundry room to save the lint. A milk jug with the top cut off or a plastic grocery bag hung on a hook will work nicely. Add the lint you find each time you clean the dryer’s lint trap. It will add up surprisingly quickly.

Make Pet Bedding

If you have guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils or rats, lint makes some great bedding. It is clean, soft, and easy to replenish after it becomes soiled. (Plus, it’s cheaper than other bedding.)

If you plan to use dryer lint for pet bedding, skip the use of scented laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and dryer sheets. Some pets are sensitive to the chemicals and can even develop skin irritations.

Stuff Small Crafts

If you just need a bit of filling for a craft project, ornament or toy, use lint. Again, it is clean and free!

Dryer lint is not a good choice for any project that will later be washed. The lint will compact, and the stuffed item will lose its shape.

Prevent Soil Erosion and Weed Growth

A thick layer of lint is not a great mulch for plants that you want to thrive, but it can prevent weed growth and erosion in areas that need extra help.

Lint from natural fibers like cotton, linen, and flax can be added directly to your compost pile. Evenly drop handfuls evenly over the top of the compost pile, moisten with water, and mix it in with a rake or shovel.