11 Handy Uses for a Lint Roller

The modest lint roller may seem like a uni-tasker, but it's actually a pretty versatile tool that can make many daily chores a little easier. Check out our list of handy alternative uses for that lint roller stashed in your bedroom drawer.

  1. Clean Up Crafts

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    Clean Up Crafts

    Picking up tiny bits of paper, thread, or glitter can be a headache after a big craft project. A lint roller can make cleanup a lot easier.

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  2. Prep Paint Rollers

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    Prep Paint Rollers

    To make sure you don’t get lint or hair in your painting project, give your paint rollers a once-over with a lint roller first to catch and remove any loose fibers.

    Related: 7 Painting Tools You Never Knew You Needed

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  3. Dust Stuffed Animals

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    Dust Stuffed Animals

    All that synthetic fur can collect a serious amount of dust, but most stuffed animals and other soft children’s toys can't go through a washing machine. Keep plush toys from getting too dirty by running a lint roller over them once a month.

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  4. Clean Textured Ceilings

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    Clean Textured Ceilings

    Textured ceilings, with their three-dimensional surface, can hide a lot of flaws. But they can also trap dust and dirt, and they're difficult to clean. Use a lint roller to grab that grime off those textured surfaces and keep those ceilings looking pristine.

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  5. Freshen Up Drapes

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    Freshen Up Drapes

    Cleaning drapes can be expensive and logistically challenging. To avoid having to take them down and bring them to the cleaners, regularly roll over drapes with a lint roller to remove dust and dirt.

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  6. Pick Up Glass Shards

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    Pick Up Glass Shards  Uses for the Lint Roller

    Sometimes when a glass or a piece of china breaks, it explodes into tiny shards that can be difficult to pick up. Use a lint roller for good measure to grab any tiny pieces that may have eluded the rag, broom, or vacuum. 

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  7. Clean Lamp Shades

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    Clean Lamp Shades

    Fabric lamp shades are awkward to clean and can be surprisingly delicate. Use a lint roller to dust them, and you won't even have to take them off the lamp. Easy.

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  8. Quickly Clean Up Pet Hair

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    Quickly Clean Up Pet Hair

    If guests are coming over at the last minute and you don’t have time to drag out the vacuum, a lint roller can lift off all that pet hair from the furniture in no time.

    Related: 20 Common Household Items That May Be Harming Your Pet

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  9. Tidy Up Under the Tree

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    Tidy Up Under the Tree

    Once the packages are under the Christmas tree, fallen needles are tricky to clean up. Go over everything lightly with a lint roller each day, and you’ll keep the festive display looking neat and tidy.

    Related: 12 Christmas Tree Decorating Fails

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  10. Keep Track of Tiny Pieces

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    Keep Track of Tiny Pieces

    Small screws and other parts can be a challenge to keep track of when you’re working on the finer details of a project or repair job. Snag those little bits and pieces onto a lint roller to keep them from skittering away.

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  11. Paint Your Walls Creatively

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    Paint Your Walls Creatively

    The action of a lint roller makes it ideal for serving as a customized paint roller. Cover one with bubble wrap or another material to paint a textured surface on your walls.

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