What can you do with dryer lint, toilet paper rolls, school glue and dish soap?

As a family on a #zerowaste journey, we are always trying to put less things in the garbage and reuse before recycling.

lint and rolls

Here are two ways our family reuses dryer lint:

  1. Fire starters. We like camping, reusing and being frugal with our money. Buying firewood and fire starters for a week can be expensive, so to cut costs we use our homemade fire starters:
  • Stuff toilet paper rolls with dryer lint. You can also use egg cartons stuffed with dryer lint and add a bit of wax on top to keep in place.
  1. Dryer Lint Clay is a fun craft for kids and adults! We made a pack of wolves!

You will need:

  • 2 cups of dryer lint firmly packed
  • 1/3 cups of warm water
  • 6 tbsp of school glue
  • 1 tbsp of clear dish soap

Mix all ingredients in a bowl with spoon or hands. My kids really loved the soft feeling of the mixture. Use cookie cutters to form shapes or shape freely. It takes time to dry them depending on their thickness.


  1. Homemade Paper: From the kids’ creative projects to school paper consumption, we end up with a lot of paper in the recycling bin. And since we like to reuse before recycling, we do several things with our used paper: we make notepads for lists and keep the cleanest ones for making new handmade paper.

Paper making fun

And as a stay at home artist/mom I am always looking for ways to turn kitchen waste into something of use artistically. So I started to use vegetable scraps(onion, cabbage and beet peels) to make dyes to give color to my handmade paper. Paper making is such a wonderful, creative activity for all. If you want to make paper you can make a screen out of old window screens and an old frame. This will texture your final sheet of paper. For more information on how to make your own paper, click here.

Have fun and stay positive!

By Martine Marie-Anne Chartrand

More about sustainable art practice tips on my blog: https://lamachinesimpleamama.blogspot.ca

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