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What to do with dryer sheets and lint?

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Ahh, the warm, lightly scented experience of a freshly laundered sweater is nice, yes? But if you used a dryer sheet, what do you do with the left over fabric sheet once it has lost its imbued characteristics? And what about the lint? Here’s a list of ideas to let you green your static-free lifestyle!
1. First off, to extend the “essence” (aka, chemicals), store your box of dryer sheets in a plastic bag or box. They reason they work in the dryer is that they off-gas (expedited by the heat and the air flow) onto your clothes. If you’ve ever opened the cabinet that stores your brand new dryer sheets, you’ll get a whiff of chemical mountain-spring (or whatever scent you purchased) as the chemicals saturate the airspace. Preserve the sheets for their meant properties by bagging or boxing them.
2. If you hang a bag in your laundry area, you can easily stockpile, over the course of a few weeks plenty of materials for your project. Examples would be a magnet with a lite bag stuck between that and your washer machine, or one on a hook on the wall. Recommendation is one bag for lint, 1 bag for used sheets.
3. Run it a second time through the dryer. Most don’t use all of their “essence” in the first use. Think it’s not enough to handle your load? 2 or more that have gone through a single time may up the ante for you.
4. When you are a little kid, you can’t always use a sewing machine. But, your little hands can usually safely handle one of those school-sized mini-staplers. Take two of the flatter used dryer sheets and lay them on a counter. Staple around 3 of the sides to form a pouch.
5. Flip it inside out, fill with dried flowers or other used up dryer sheets. Staple the final open edge, and TA-DA! Your own scented pouch.
6. Use your scented pouches In drawers, tennis shoes, closets, boxes that aren’t opened frequently, etc.
7. To poof out pillows that have flattened some of their stuffing simply unzip the pillow or cushion and stuff in the used dryer sheets when you have a handful. You can make corners sharp again, and make old pillows have new (slightly scented) life.
8. Clean with them. Dryer sheets open weave actually makes used dryers sheets a pretty good scrubber for light grime , blinds, pots and pans and chrome on cars. Dusting works great because of anti-static properties, especially for electronics.
9. If you’ve used green laundry detergent and dryers sheets, you would also feel safe putting the lint and used sheets into your compost pile for degradation(don’t try it with your worm bin- they won’t like you for it- we have tried it). You can also leave the lint outside for the birds for nesting.
10. Be the light of the (camping) party. One of the great things (or maybe not so great once you finish this sentence) about fabric softeners and the lint is that they are highly flammable (think about the implications for your fabrics you just put in the dryer with it now). Yes, you too can be like an expert Boy Scout in starting fires by using used dryer sheets and lint. Place a little under the twigs, touch with a match, and shazam! Fast inferno.
Enjoy these ideas to green up your dryer habits (Other than the ol’ standby of line drying your clothes).



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