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Old 10-17-2016, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Windham County, VT
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I buy a lot of rags for sopping up squeezed out glue when doing woodwork. I just "discovered" that the balled up lint does just as well as a rag or even a paper towel. And since I was going to throw it away anyway, this is a zero cost gain.

^I realized, through happenstance, that the accumulated lint (from a laundry load), compressed into a wad, is useful for wiping down outside/edges
of the washer (where liquid detergent has spilled and dried) and the dryer (where dust has collected from the lint trap being emptied out atop machine).
I live in apt. building w/shared laundry facility & this is easy way to clean up mess folks have left behind, without my having to make a special effort.
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Old 10-19-2016, 07:51 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Default Lint As Art

Some get rather creative with it:

https://www.pinterest.com/leahvirsik/lint-as-art
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Old 10-20-2016, 04:47 AM
 
Location: zippidy doo dah
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Some get rather creative with it:

https://www.pinterest.com/leahvirsik/lint-as-art
ahh thank you ! I have added piles of pins to my new folder: Projects I will Never Do but I will BUy everything to do them with......................

and I will love to look through the pictures and add more..took me a while to find the lint bunnies but I found them and many more fantastic rabbit sculptures .............. a wonderous beginning to a new day. Thank you for pointing me there - i do so love rabbit trails............................................ ........
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Old 10-21-2016, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast
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Oh my gosh. I'm as frugal as the next person, but there is a limit! Lint looks very special in my wastebasket right next to the dryer... however I'm still very very frugal because I get very little lint. I use the solar clothes dryer...otherwise known as the drying rack, hangers, and clothesline!
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Old 10-21-2016, 07:54 PM
 
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I heard that it is good to throw it outside because birds use it for nests.....
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Old 10-23-2016, 03:27 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I heard that it is good to throw it outside because birds use it for nests.....
Squirrels will, too. A few years ago, my neighbors left their patio chair cushions outside until late fall, and the little rodents tore into them to get to the polyester filling.
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Old 10-23-2016, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Sector 001
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I just realized I don't think I'm frugal.. some of the suggestions I see here I would consider downright loony.. I'm cheap because I'm a boring person who doesn't have expensive hobbies... I still overspend on foodstuff because I can.
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Old 10-24-2016, 12:15 AM
 
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My secret creepy pleasure is cleaning dryer lint off the filter. It is so satisfying to do, and the lint is so lovely and soft!

Has anyone else read historical accounts of ladies "scraping lint" to be used for bandaging wounds during the Civil War period? I've always wondered how one scraped lint in the pre-dryer era.

I throw it in a cardboard box, and the cats sleep in it. It's mostly full of their fur, anyway.
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Old 10-25-2016, 12:40 PM
 
Location: God's Country
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Has anyone else read historical accounts of ladies "scraping lint" to be used for bandaging wounds during the Civil War period? I've always wondered how one scraped lint in the pre-dryer era.

Belly buttons.
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Old 10-25-2016, 03:59 PM
 
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I think women can use them for padded bras.
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