Thursday, October 30, 2008

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Lint.

Times are tough, people.

The economy is hittin' the skids faster than a Big Wheel-drivin' 3-year-old on a downhill driveway. 

So it's time to get creative and look at things in a new way.

Today's topic: Lint!

The next time your husband yells that you're going to start a dryer fire you remove the lint, save it! There are many uses for lint around the house:

Bookmark.


Tea Cozy.


Golf Club Cover.


BG blanket.


and just in time for Halloween:
Hamster Costume!

Trick or treat. I'm lint.

61 comments:

Mr Lady said...

You are delicious warped, you know that?

Tenakim said...

your hamster scared the crap out of me! I thought you were capturing squirrels and wrapping them in lint. And how is your lint such a perfect sheet? you could collect them and make a nice wuilt out of them. Mine come out all lumpy and crumpled.

Mrs de Miranda said...

Hahaha very resourceful!! And how is your lint a perfect sheet? Mine always comes off and fall apart!

Threeboys1mommy said...

BG looks so cozy in his fire starter.

KD @ A Bit Squirrelly said...

BG could totally get a little tweed-style suit made out of that. Just sayin'

HappyHourSue said...

Tena & Mrs. de Miranda: It's a perfect, thick rectangle if you NEVER REMEMBER TO REMOVE IT.

Jen said...

where do you come up with this stuff? you crack me up every single time.

Cocotte said...

I actually saw Lint as the ingredient in a kid's craft book for making some kind of clay.

Damn alpha moms again.

Prefers Her Fantasy Life said...

I will never look at lint the same way again!

Allison said...

Excuse me, why is your lint perfect?

scargosun said...

I agree, all very good uses but you know you can do something really crafty with it...
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-Paper-Out-Of-Lint/

I know an art teacher who does this and it looks really cool.

Mandy said...

Good God! That's funny!!

ali said...

We are all enamored with your perfect sheet of lint! I love your readers--my kind of people!

The Mom said...

I'm LMAO at Tenakim's comment!! Trapping squirrels!

Rachel said...

Great idea if I can keep mine together like that LOL

Wendy said...

the stuff you come up with...too funny!

Heinous said...

I tried the 'lint napkin' with my waffles and syrup, but it seemed to have made things much, much worse. Put that on the 'don't' list.

Leslie said...

Do I need to write PETA about your hamster picture??? Would that be considered animal cruelty?? Too funny!!

Mrs. Newlywed said...

ohhh hmm...I've been known to use the dryer sheets to wipe my skirts so they don't get static.

you crack me up!

Wayne John said...

Lint??? Lint?!?!?! Really now Sue, you have stooped to a new low. I don't know how you come up with this shit, but I love it!

Mama2hre said...

OMG! How does your dryer dry clothes with all that lint! I'm impressed! As soon as my dryer gets a little layer of lint it turns into a diva and won't dry! I'm so jealous!

HappyHourSue said...

Wayne John: True story: i woke up in the middle of the night and scribbled "LINT" next to my bed. Apparently I thought it was a brilliant post idea. Since then I've just been trying to believe myself.

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

Oh man, you know times are tough when we wrap a gangsta in lint ;)

Aleta said...

That was too cute. Never would I have thought to do something with Lint... of all thing.. Where DO you come up with ideas?

Jess said...

That is extremely funny!! My lint doesn't do that!! :(

MammaDucky said...

My Girl Scout troop never did cool things like THAT with lint. They did however make us eat hamburgers cooked on an overturned giant nacho cheese can, heated by an empty tuna can filled with lint and covered in wax. Yeah, put that in your pipe and smoke it!

McMommy said...

I'm so happy that lint came out of your dryer...

And not your belly button.

Lump said...

hahaha! I love it. :) You should collect all your lint and make a scarf!

Swirl Girl said...

how about a trick or treat goodie bag?

you are a riot once again!

Jarrard said...

OMG! I am so glad I am on mute on this conference call. I just started laughing hysterically! The hamster was the best.
I thought you were being serious because I have read stories where lint CAN be used for other things. The one that I read and haven't done yet is to put lint (not dryer sheets) in to an empty TP roll to use as kindling in your fireplace. :)
I am a encyclopedia of useless information thankyouverymuch.

Mrs. G said...

Just the thought of you carrying a sheet of lint around the house trying to find photo-ops for this entry gives me the giggles.

nikkicrumpet said...

LOLOLOL trick or treat I'm lint????? Why that is freaking hysterical I have no idea...but it is!!!!

Aubrey said...

I have no words. Ok, maybe one. Genius! LOL

sassy stephanie said...

BG, need someone to help keep you warm unda dat blankie? I'll be right ovah.

Jamie said...

I LOVE your sense of humor! Warped but in a good way!

Caroline said...

Makes good toilet paper for those times when you run out...

Gettysburg Mom said...

Thank you!

Lipstick said...

I love it!!! The BG blanket is my favorite!

Hey I think I am on the Metabolic Typing Diet too!

Tiffany said...

LMAO At the hampster. He looks freaking creepy!

Orion said...

Great idea...

maybe i can get a donation box going at work. All that lint and the possibility will open to finally patch together some carpet for my living room!!

Linda S said...

I'm thinking there was more than tea in the pot for you to come up with this one...

Red Cup Mom said...

Awesome! Yeah, how come your lint is in a perfect sheet? Mine don't come out that way.

The hamster reuse was downright scary!

Why is it even called lint? What does that word mean really? And dryer-lint. Is that a compound word? We need a wiki on lint.

Lisa-licious said...

I woke the kids up AGAIN from laughing/coughing so hard (I have a bit of a cold)...you are again worthy of being my blogger idol...in more ways than many know!

Janah said...

Ugh! You are so smart! I kept wondering what I was supposed to use that for. I was trying it as a brillo pad - because I rarely clean it out and it's as thick as a down comforter - but now I know better. I just wish I had a hamster...he would be sooo happy!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I literally blew coffee all over my desk when I saw the last picture.
Flipping hilarious!

Deb said...

I'm thinking along Caroline's lines...what about a eco friendly female sanitary product?

Anna Lefler said...

Oh, geez, LOL!!!

My husband would never yell at me about starting a dryer fire because that would entail him knowing where the dryer was...

Thanks for keeping our nation's beautiful textile tradition alive...and Happy Halloween!

XO

Anna

jaime said...

"i'm lint" LMAO!! save enough up and you can make yourself a lint gown...like the people who make their wedding dresses outta toilet paper. now THAT'S goin green.

Happy Halloween!

suburban psychosis said...

Love your blog.

I tagged you, so go to my blog for directions.

Sorry, lol

Just Stephanie said...

Your hamster does NOT look pleased with you. I bet he wanted to be something else for Halloween. But then again...you are a Beta mom.

Bar-b said...

funny shit. My mother tried this (not lying) a few years ago the whole "what can I do with lint" bit and you know that crazy lady started making (not shitting you) bird nests and putting them up randomly up in trees. Do you know what? Birds were USING them. She was so proud and has pictures and all. Anyhow, thanks for making me laugh.

jill jill bo bill said...

I am embarrassed to admit this, but my very frugal great grandmother used to stuff her pillows with dryer lint. No wonder I always got sick sleeping at her house.

Shelley said...

See, my lint looks exactly like that. That's because the only time I remember to clean the lint-catcher thingy is when my clothes aren't getting dry. Then I think, "Hmmm, must be time to remove the lint blanket." How come my clothes are all different colors, but the lint is always that same shade of gray?

Auds at Barking Mad! said...

Your lint comes out looking far better than mine does. Mine is kind of blobby and has tons of trapped pieces of wrappers and tissues in it...no doubt because someone forgot to clean their pockets out.

Once I even found a $5 disintegrated into the lint. Joy!

I guess if worse comes to worse, I could always save the lint and keep it in my jacket pockets so that I have something to start a fire with if I'm ever lost in the woods. Or maybe not.

The Hussy Housewife said...

What is the deal? My hunny is on me like shot on shot about the lint too! Always asking me if I cleaned it out because I am gonna start a fire. Is there some secret mens cult that preaches about the dangers of lint?

Love BG and his blanket..I think you should sew him a duvet cover and stick the lint inside it!

Smart A$$ Mom said...

okay? You? Hysterical.

Noob Mommy said...

Wow...I can't believe I've just been throwing away my lint all these years. Thanks for the eye-opener!

Jess said...

That is hilarious!!!

Gabby said...

"Trick or treat. I'm lint." literally made me LOL!

Henley on the Horn said...

I wish I had found you sooner! YOu are HILARIOUS!!! I am lint... that is too much. Can't wait to start following your cute blog! I'm adding you to my blogroll!

BusyDad said...

I know this is an old post and it does no good for me to comment but I couldn't remain silent. I think you might just be the funniest person I know. And I know a lot of people. Who are funny.