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Made Drier Lint Clay

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This was definitely the ickiest ‘I Never’ to date, and I don’t recommend trying this at home.  Lately I’ve been reading (and loving) the book The Zero Waste Home.  It’s all about simplifying your life while being good to the planet by reducing the amount of waste your produce.  It is truly an inspirational book, and it has inspired me to get even more diligent about purging and de-cluttering, composting, and making my own mustard, but I have to say, there are a few things in the book that just might go a little bit too far.  Making drier lint clay is one of them.

Nadine is into making “experiments” these days, and so I told her that this might be a good experiment.  So we gathered up what we thought was 3 cups of drier lint, put it in a pan, covered it with water, heated it up, stirred it up, and added some flour until it thickened into the consistency we thought looked right.

I’m not sure what kind of drier lint the Zero Waste author is producing, but as I was stirring it up, it became apparent that our drier lint is made up mostly of human hair, cat hair, and the wood-chips from our school’s playground.  Gross!  I tried picking out some hairs and wood-chips, but it was futile.  We let the mixture cool down, poked at it a bit, decided it was incredibly disgusting, and threw it in the garbage.  So instead of a “No Waste” project, we created a huge blob of waste.  And since I couldn’t decide if it was compostable or not, I threw it in our trash bin.  Oh dear…