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If you own a clothes dryer, than you may be concerned about making your appliance as green as possible. Of course, you could just dry your clothes on a line. I'm not judging. I'm just saying. One of the best ways to keep your dryer running efficiently is to clean the lint trap after every use.

But what do you do with that leftover lint? Do you just chuck it in the garbage and forget about it? Or can you fashion it into something useable?

5 Reuses for Dryer Lint

1. Guinea Pig Bedding

You can give your old dryer lint to bedding your guinea pig? Worried that it might hurt your cuddly pal. Luckily, this dryer-lint reuser has already tested it out on her own guinea pig. It should be safe.

2. Mulch

As long as you are wearing organic and natural clothing, you can mulch with your lint. Don't let the lint touch the base of the plant. It will cause fungus growth. Lint isn't a great mulch, but it could, at the very least, cover bare spots to prevent weed growth and erosion. You can also compost lint if you wear only organic clothing. Now you finally have a reason to! ;)

3. Kindling

Lint is very flammable. That's another good reason to clean it out of your dryer. You can finally use lint's flammability to your advantage. Use it in your fireplace. You might save on matches and you can use your newspapers to mulch with instead.

4. Draft Snake Filling Do you have a problem with drafty doors and windows? You can make a draft snake and stop those drafts from spiking your energy bill. Don?t to forget to fill those snakes with dryer lint. Here's a recipe for a clay you can make out of dryer lint. From Thrifty Fun: 1/2 cup flour 2 drops wintergreen mint flavoring Old newspaper Paint Place the lint in a saucepan and cover it with the water. When the lint is saturated, add the flour and stir until it is smooth. Add the drops of wintergreen oil flavoring. Cook the mixture, stirring constantly, until it forms peaks and holds together. Pour it onto newspaper to cool. Shape and model figures, or cover a form with it, such as a balloon. Allow to dry for 3 to 5 days, then paint and decorate as required.