How To Make Fire Starters With Dryer Lint?

Starting a fire can be tricky when the weather surprises you and when you don’t have the right material. Do you want to know an easy way to start a fire in any condition?

I remember how I struggled to start a fire when it was raining on my camping trip. You don’t have to go through the same as I will show you how to make fire starters with dryer lint that anyone can make.

These are great when being outdoors and want to warm yourself and cook a meal. Follow the next step by step procedure to start a fire in no time.

homemade fire starter

Homemade fire starters with lint

Most people get rid of the lint as a way of maintaining their dryers in the best condition but did you know that lint is great for starting a fire?

It is the fabric that sheds off from your clothes when you dry them in a dryer. Clothes made of natural fibers such as wool and cotton generate a lot of lint so look in your dryer machine.

Combined with other household items it makes a waterproof fire starter that will serve you well when you are in the great outdoors and want to start a fire. It is a multipurpose material to use.

You probably use dry grass and barks for starting a campfire. However, it could get difficult to use them when the material is wet due to rain or snow.

The fire starters made of lint are waterproof and this way, you can use them to start a campfire even when it’s raining. Let’s get started.

Things that you will need

Here is what you will need to make dryer lint fire starters:

  1.    Dryer lint
  2.    An empty carton of eggs
  3.    Old candle stubs
  4.    Dental floss or a string
  5.    A pair of scissors

The Procedure

Follow this procedure to make homemade fire starters with dryer lint.

Step 1: Cut the wax into small pieces

You will have to slice the wax in small pieces to easily melt it later on.

Step 2: Put dryer lint into the egg carton

The next thing that you will have to do is to fill the egg cartons with the dryer lint. Fill the cups to the top to prolong the burning time when you light them. You can also use this material to make homemade fire starters using toilet paper rolls.

egg carton fire starter

Step 3: Cut the cup sections and fold them up

Now that the cups are full, you will have to cut them up and fold them. Use the pair of scissors to cut the cups and then fold the ends of each cup at the top.

Step 4: Tie the cups with the dental floss

Tie the cup sections with dental floss or any other piece of thread to secure the cup and to provide additional length to hold on to.

Step 5: Melt the wax

After tying the cups, the next thing that you will have to do is melt the candles that you had cut into smaller pieces. The wax, in this case, seals the fire starter and makes it waterproof. You should make sure that you have enough wax for all your cup sections.

Place the wax into a jar or aluminum can and put it in a pot of boiling water. Make sure that the water in the pot is not too high so that the jar with the candle pieces won’t tip over.

When the water boils, the candle will melt.

Step 6: Lower the cups with the dryer lint into the melted wax

With the wax still hot, lower the cups with dryer lint into the jar with the wax. Hold the cups by the string you had tied them with and make sure that they are fully submerged so as to seal them properly.

You may have to use a utensil such as a fork to submerge the cups into the wax jar effectively.

Step 7: Let them dry

Place the fire starters dipped in wax on a paper towel to allow them to dry. You can pour the remaining wax on them so as to coat them properly. They will dry effectively in about two hours.


Dry grass and twigs are typical material for starting a fire and usually work well but it will be difficult to get them to light up when they are wet. Fire is crucial when being outdoors for some time so make sure you have waterproof fire starters.

Use my step by step procedure to make a fire starter with dryer lint and other household items that won’t disappoint you even if it rains. It is an easy and non-expensive way to successfully start a fire when you need it.

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