Recycled Fire Starters

Now that school is over for most, I bet your laundry room is a bit more hectic load, after load, after load. We all try to ignore the growing piles at times don’t you agree? Speaking of piles, is it just me or does our junk mail increase during the summer months?? Goodness, after two weeks my junk mail pile is thick and high (what a waste of paper and trees!).

Let’s look on the bright side…your laundry routine and mail trashing can be turned into a sustainable act of recycling your leftover lint and paper into fire starters! If your family loves spending time outdoors camping, or you spend time around your backyard fire pit, you’re going to want to make a few of these starters to have on hand for a quick and easy light to your fire. Not only will these be compact and easy to carry around on your next adventure, you will be proactively reducing your trash footprint for the betterment of all s’more creations — ladies, what better way to get you’re your family excited about cleaning their rooms of dirty clothes? 😉

Sometimes you just can’t predict the weather when you’re out camping either. Rain, condensation, humidity, and wind gusts all get in the way of a good match strike or flint scratch to wood. Using a fire starter will help your fire ignite sooner than later. So let’s dive in to how you’ll make the most stylish fire starters in the South!

IMG_7461Step 1: Gather lint from your dryer.
I highly recommend always trying to use lint from a load of cotton towels or blue jeans. The lint from these will light faster and longer. Synthetic materials when ignited can release toxins and an unpleasant smell that not only affects your lungs, but also what you’re cooking over the fire. If you don’t have lint on hand when you need it, reach for cotton balls, they work just as well.

IMG_7458Step 2: Gather toilet paper and paper towel rolls.
Cut any rolls you want to make smaller in half. Make sure to remove leftover toilet paper from the outsides of the rolls.

IMG_7462Step 3: Take two pinches of lint and stuff inside the roll.
Don’t use too much lint in the rolls, or else not enough oxygen will make its way inside to give the fire the energy it needs to start.

IMG_7468Step 4: Fold over the ends of the rolls and tape down with one piece of masking tape.
Leave a little air hole between the ends to encourage oxygen to get inside. I recommend not using candles, scented or unscented, to coat lint as a sealer in this process if you’re looking for another way to complete this step. It can give off toxic fumes and also affect your lungs and the quality of the food you’re cooking.

IMG_7473Step 5: Wrap the roll in newspaper, construction paper, or old scrapbooking paper. Twist the ends to close.
I recommend staying away from wrapping paper, especially the shiny kind, even though it’s hard to resist the colors and designs, again, due to the toxic fumes that can affect your lungs and the quality of the food you’re cooking.

IMG_7475Step 6: Tie off each end with jute string.

That’s all there is to it! You can now arguably make some of the most stylish fire starters in the South by sunset.



Enjoy your sustainability journey and helping Texas reduce waste!

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