If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, winter is just five weeks away. Within three months of that, we’ll be enjoying spring.Time is wasting!
I save our laundry lint year round, but if you are just getting started you’ll have a few months to amass your collection. I keep a bag in a cupboard above the dryer. After each load of laundry, I sweep the lint trap and add it to the bag. It’s a great way to re-purpose what you might otherwise throw in the trash, and a fun way to attract birds to your garden.
As spring approaches, I fluff up the collection and fill the mesh bags I’ve saved from apples or onions. My boys loved this activity when they were young, but now I’m on my own!
Once you fill the bags with laundry fluff, secure them high in a tree. You can also wedge the bags near the top of the eaves. One year I tied one to an empty swing frame. You lint bag should be sheltered from the elements and away from predators. Locating them near feeders or water sources helps too. Whatever you can do to make it easy for birds to find the laundry lint, the better.
A bright red bag of laundry lint, tied with a bow, also makes a fun and funny gift topper for your nature-loving friends. They’ll think you’re crazy, then they’ll laugh and come spring they’ll be smiling and thanking you as they hang the lint in a nearby tree.
Laundry lint: it’s for the birds!