Monday, February 18, 2013

Crikey!


This is the amount of lint I get out of the lint filter every single time I dry our king-sized navy blue flannel sheets in the dryer.


How long will it be before there are no sheets left?  I mean how much more fabric (matter? material? substance?) can the sheets lose before they are no more?

23 comments:

Jane @ Hard Work Homestead said...

Ha, I have the same sheets and a similar problem. I never use a dryer, so it seems that the friction of my hairy and rough skinned husband causes balls of fuzz to come off the sheets and litter the floor next to his side of the bed. Perhaps this would not happen if I used a dryer.

Kelly said...

That's alot of lint! I bet they will get thinner over time, but they look comfy!

lisa said...

When I first looked at it I thought you were holding a bat,... That is a lot of lint and I wonder how much is on the outside where your dryer is vented out...We get a collection of lint on the outside to...

I agree with the comment above I bet they are comfy now... nice and soft...

Have a great day...Lisa

Sparkless said...

We have flannel sheets that do the same thing. And one of my woven cotton blankets does the same thing. Maybe you should save the lint and make something with it. I know some people make fire starters with it. Seems such a waste to throw out all that flannel every time you dry them.

Mama Pea said...

Jane - It's a wonder the Ice Man doesn't get out of bed covered in navy blue fuzz balls!

Mama Pea said...

Kelly - Since we got flannel sheets several years ago, my husband has become to attached to them that he won't even let me go back to plain old cotton sheets in the summer time! He says they feel too cold and clammy compared to the soft, comfy flannel.

Mama Pea said...

Lisa - A bat? Eeeeek!

We do get a collection of lint on the outside dryer vent screen and have to clean that off regularly. That's a must 'cause I've heard of the lint build-up causing fires! Don't want that, thank you very much.

Mama Pea said...

Sparkless - I've also heard of people putting the lint out for birds to use in building their nests.

Susan said...

Zowie, that's a lotta lint! I got fleece sheets from Sylvie for my birthday/Christmas and I am so in love with them, I will cry when summer comes. It's like instant warm! Even faster than flannel. I'll have to see how they come out of the dryer - or, if I'm lucky, I'll get Minnie-soda weather (30s) and can hang them up in the sun!

Leigh said...

LOL. That's a very good question!

Mama Pea said...

Susan - I've never experienced the fleece sheets myself but Chicken Mama has a set. She says they're so warm . . . almost TOO warm most nights. But I do think about them some nights when even the flannel sheets seem cold!

Mama Pea said...

Leigh - These were not inexpensive sheets so I'm kinda disappointed that they seem to "shed" so much. I had a set before these that were cheaper (and light in color) and although I never noticed their lint in the dryer vent, they DID get thin after so many washings!

Michelle said...

Ours did the same thing. The higher the thread count the faster they fall a part. I did find a way to use the lint from the sheets ( and other clothing from the dryer).
I take the lint from my dryer and put it in a egg container. Then pour cheap melted wax over them. They make the best firer starters I have ever used.

Mama Pea said...

Michelle - Ingenious idea for making fire starter!

Erin said...

I always collect the lint and stuff it into suet cages for the birds, they love it! Hubs makes little lint ball firestarters too, his are little marble pocket sized ones and he keeps some in the car, backpack, all over LOL

Katidids said...

Wowzer! That is a lot of lint! Being king size it would look like more. Well, on the positive side thats a bit of compost fodder! I agree with the others, I toss it out (along with serger scraps) for the birds, make fire starters or compost it. But I will say I like Erin's idea of the emergency fire starters

FoxyLady said...

Yes, I too have always wondered how long it takes to wash and dry your clothes and sheets away to nothing....given the amounts of lint. Every spring tho, I take the accumulated wastebasket full outside and scatter it in a few places for the birds to pick up to line their nests. It always disappears.....so, some babies are having soft, fluffy nests instead of scratchy sticks. :)

Mama Pea said...

Erin - I'm passing along your hubby's little lint ball firestarter trick to Papa Pea. Such a good idea to have them stashed in with other emergency packs. Thanks.

Mama Pea said...

Katidids - I've seen pictures of some very colorful nests birds have built . . . probably using your serger scraps! ;o}

Mama Pea said...

Foxy Lady - Instead of mine going in the compost or for starting fires, I may just start saving it in a bag for this spring when the birds can use it in nests. The thought of those eggs and then little hatchlings in the fluffy, soft nests is enticing!

I've heard that we don't wear our clothes out, but rather they get worn out from the washing (and drying)!

2 Tramps said...

Been saving lint here for years. First for the birds when we lived in town but out here in the ountry there is plenty of nesting material for them. Now I make the egg carton firestarters mentioned earlier. They work great to start charcoal for BBQ's and for outdoor Dutch oven cooking.

Mama Pea said...

2 Tramps - You all have me thinking I really need to use my lint to make some nifty firestarters. Such clever people you all are!

judy said...

I get that from towels but I wash at least 30 towels