Thursday, May 26, 2011

Friendly Lint

I went to a friend's house the other day and we were talking about lint (among other things). She said she'd washed and dried a white cotton blanket that really had a lot of lint on it when it came out of the dryer. And it left a lot of lint in the lint filter.

See? That's the lint in her trash can. The brownish lint was already in the lint filter she said then she added the blanket. The white was all from the white blanket. I think it's interesting how different fabrics throw off more lint than others. It makes sense that natural fibers like cotton would offer up more lint. Because have you ever seen a  polyester lint wad? Me neither.

Have any lint stories to share? If so, please do!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Lint Dough

This is a new one to me. Have you ever made modeling dough using dryer lint? Me neither, but this cute feller was crafted from a lint (and a few more ingredients)! Yes sir, this cute elephant was made using dryer lint, water, flour, and vegetable oil.

To get the exact recipe, because if you're going to make a lint elephant, you really should get it right, go to RealSimple's page explaining the easy enough process.

When you think about it, elephants are gray, and dryer lint is gray, unless you just dried your son's orange Denver Broncos fleece blanket (then it is orange, very orange). Elephants are cute animals with nice features (trunk and big ears) that would lend themselves to be crafted out of a sticky lint mess.

So, the next time you have a wad of dryer lint in your hands, what are you going to do? Throw it in the trash? Toss it in the compost pile? Or maybe make a fun elephant?

Please share any stories of dryer lint dough. We'd also love to see pictures!

Photo credit:  Aimee Herring from RealSimple


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