DIY Fire Starter: Dryer Lint

In a survival situation, fire is one of the most important necessities. Carrying a pocket lighter, flint & steel, or matches at all times is ideal.

In the event you need fire, you have it right in your pocket. In every household there are flammable materials that we overlook. These flammable materials can save our lives, if you know how to get them up in flames.

In my last article, I showed you how to properly start a fire with a cotton ball. In this article, I will show you how to light dryer lint and fabric softeners with flint & steel.

Dryer Lint

Take some dryer lint and roll it into a ball.


Take your flint & steel and hold it up to the dryer lint and strike. It should only take one strike. Using matches or a lighter will work too.


The dryer lint burns up really fast, so you must build on to your fire quickly. Dipping your dryer lint in Vaseline will make it burn longer.

Fabric Softener

Take a piece of fabric softener that has been used and dried out, and place it in your desired burning location.


Then roll the softener into a ball, that way it burns longer.


Take flint & steel and hold it up to the fabric softener and strike. It may take more than one strike to light. Using matches or a lighter will work too.



Fabric Softener takes a fair amount of time to burn, so building on your fire should be easier. Place flammable tender such as dry leaves or plants to build the fire up. Then use thin twigs and build your way up to build up that fire.

In the next article, I will talk about using duct tape and office trash to start a fire.

Check out our previous article DIY Fire Starter: The Cotton Ball

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