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?

fire starters with dryer lint 101

I remember how I struggled to start it 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 and others 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 procedures to start a fire in no time.

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.

homemade fire starter

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 it. 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 them:

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

How to make fire starters with dryer lint and egg cartons?

Follow this procedure to make DIY 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 the 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.

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.

cut eggs carton to make fire starters

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.

egg carton fire starter

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 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 to coat them properly. They will dry effectively in about two hours.

How do you make fire starters with toilet paper rolls and dryer lint?

This is another simple way to make DIY fire starters with dryer lint. This is how to make them.

Step #1

Take some toilet paper rolls or rolls from paper hand towels. Grab some lint from the drying machine and get some wax.

Step #2

Fill the rolls with dryer lint and melt the wax in the old pot.

dryer lint paper rolls

Step #3

When you have wax melted, go ahead and pour it slowly in the rolls. Make sure that the lint is soaked with wax.

Step #4

Leave the rolls to dry.

Step #5

Flip the rolls to the other side and repeat the procedure so the lint will be soaked with wax from the both sides. The rolls made like these will burn around 25-30 minutes.

Step #6

Place them in the plastic bags or somewhere where the humidity won’t get them so they will be ready for usage.

Is it safe to use dryer lint as fire starter?

Dryer lint is a material that is highly flammable and will help you to set your fire safely.

dryer lint as fire starter

With the combination of an egg carton and wax, it will be a perfect starter for fire, especially in the wet weather when twigs and other wood aren’t so flammable because of moisture.

How do you make them without wax?

There is a very simple way to make them even if you don’t have wax at home. What do you need to have to make them? Get dryer lint, used cooking oil and glass jar.

Step #1

Fill the jars with the lint in layers.

Step #2

Pour the oil into the jar so it will soak all the lint in the jar. Grab a stick or use a finger and press the lint so it will soak with oil effectively.

Pro tip: Keep it closed in a jar when taking it to the campsite and use a small piece of the oiled lint to make the fire going.

Don’t forget that the lint will start to burn fast but you need to have other wood prepared so it won’t just burn out.

How do you start a fire with lint?

This is how to set a campfire successfully with dryer lint that you have prepared at home.

campfire techniques with lint

Step #1

First, find a place that is appropriate and safe to set up a fire. Don’t start it too close to materials that are flammable (tent for example).

Step #2

Go ahead and make a walk to the woods to gather some twigs, sticks and branches that will serve as one layer of the fire.

Pro tip: If you find the material wet due to the rain, go to the areas that are dry inside (cave, covered areas, etc.) and try to find some dry material there.

Step #3

It’s time to get that fire going. Place some of the lint where you want to set the fire. Tear the ball over the area so it will look like a nest.

Put twigs on it, and then branches and logs on. Make sure that you do it slowly, so the structure won’t demolish.

Step #4

Take a lighter, matches, or another lighting starter and light the lint.

Can you use Vaseline to start a fire?

Vaseline is a good fire starter and will help you to start your fire quickly. How to use it? Get a jar of Vaseline (petroleum jelly) and cotton balls. Put some Vaseline on your hands, grab a cotton ball and roll it in your hands.

vaseline fire starters 101

You can also use a dryer lint if you want and make a dryer lint and vaseline fire starter. When they have entirely soaked up close them in a jar or container so they will be ready for usage.

The ball will burn for about 4 minutes, enough time that you put some twigs and other wood on.

Is sawdust good for starting fires?

Yes, dry sawdust is an okay material for starting a fire. These wood peels will fire up easily and quickly so I recommend them when you want to set a fire outdoors.

Sawdust fire starters recipe

If you don’t have a dryer machine at home but you still want to make homemade fire starters you can use sawdust. This is the recipe on how to make fire starters with sawdust.

Step #1

First, gather some sawdust and prepare some paper muffin cups with tray or old cardboard egg cartons and paraffin wax.

Step #2

Put some of the sawdust into the cups. Melt the wax in a broiler and pour it over the sawdust till the top of the cups.

Step #3

Leave the wax to harden. Your fire starters are ready to use.


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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