As parents of many, we do a lot of laundry each day. A lot.
As much as we strive to live off the grid and in a sustainable way, there are some areas of our lives where modern conveniences are simply too practical and prudent to ignore.
A washer and dryer fall into that category. Try as we might, we simply produce too many dirty clothes for handwashing and a clothes line to be an options.
Our kids help with chores around the homestead, and get their clothes dirty. They play outside rather than sitting in front of the television, and get their clothes dirty. They go camping and ride horses, and get their clothes dirty. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Lint: A Useful Byproduct
Despite using a washer and dryer, we don’t check our prepping mindset at the laundry room door. Instead we look for ways to make the best use of the modern conveniences. One way we have done this is to turn the byproduct of drying clothes into a new resource for us. Dryer lint.
As recommended, Laura cleans the dryer’s lint trap before each use. This helps the dryer to operate more efficiently, shortens the drying time, and prolongs the life of the heating element. So, it’s good for the dryer.
Rather than simply throwing the lint away, we repurpose it. Each time she cleans the lint trap, she saves the lint for use as a fire starter.
Turning Lint into a Fire Starter
Making fire starters out of dryer lint takes less than one minute. Here’s are the step-by-step instructions.
Step 1. Place the lint in a used dryer sheet.
Step 2. Roll the dryer sheet.
Step 3. Tie an overhand knot with the two ends of the roll.
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Turning a disposable item like dryer lint takes almost no time and is a great way to save money on fire starters. The lint balls are easily portable and can be used in your fireplace or on camping trips.