Making your own DIY lint roller is an easy, eco-friendly, and cheap way to keep your clothes and upholstery lint-free. With just a few common household items like toilet paper tubes, double-sided tape, and plastic wrap, you can create a reusable lint roller that works just as well as the store-bought versions.
In this comprehensive guide, I will walk you through the entire lint roller making process step-by-step. I’ll also provide tips for customizing and using your homemade lint remover. So if you’re ready to save money and stop throwing away plastic lint roller refills, let’s get started!
What You’ll Need
To make a lint roller from a toilet paper tube, you’ll need to gather these basic craft supplies:
- Empty toilet paper tubes – these form the base of the lint roller. You’ll need 1-2 tubes.
- Double-sided tape – look for wider tape, at least 1 inch. The sticky adhesive lifts lint and fuzz.
- Plastic wrap or wax paper – to cover the tape.
- Scissors – for cutting the materials.
- Ruler or tape measure – to measure the tube.
Customize your homemade lint roller with:
- Decorative duct tape or patterned paper to wrap the outside.
- Essential oils – add drops to the cardboard tube for fragrance.
- Stickers and washi tape – to decorate the lint roller.
Follow these steps to make a toilet paper tube lint roller:
Prepare the Toilet Paper Tube
1. Take 1-2 empty toilet paper tubes. Make sure they are completely dry.
2. Cut the tubes to the desired length using scissors. Standard size is 5-7 inches long.
3. Optional: Wrap decorative duct tape or patterned paper around the outside of the tubes.
4. Add fragrance if desired by placing a few drops of essential oils on the inside cardboard.
Add the Double-Sided Tape
5. Measure the width of the tube. You’ll want the double-sided tape to be slightly wider to overlap the edges.
6. Cut a piece of double-sided tape that is longer than your tube. Unpeel the backing from one side of the tape.
7. Adhere the sticky side of the tape onto the toilet paper tube, pressing it down firmly.
8. Trim off any excess tape hanging over the ends.
Finish the Lint Roller
9. Peel off the backing from the outer side of the double-sided tape.
10. Wrap a layer of plastic wrap or wax paper tightly around the tube, covering the adhesive.
11. Smooth it out to remove any air bubbles or wrinkles.
12. Decorate the outside by adding stickers, washi tape, or designs with permanent markers.
And that’s it – your homemade lint roller is ready to remove lint, dust, and pet hair!
How to Use Your Toilet Paper Tube Lint Roller
Using your DIY lint roller is easy. Here are some tips:
Lightly press the plastic covered tape onto the surface you want to clean. Apply pressure as you roll but don’t push too hard.
Roll slowly over clothing, furniture, and more to pick up lint, dust, and hair.
Check the tape as you go and reposition the plastic covering if needed.
Replace the plastic wrap once it gets too covered in lint. Peel it off and add new plastic covering to refresh the sticky tape.
When not in use, store your lint roller in a sealed bag or container to keep the adhesive clean.
Make multiple lint rollers so you can conveniently place them around the house and in your car.
Customizing and Troubleshooting Your Homemade Lint Roller
Little tweaks and adjustments can help improve your toilet paper tube lint roller.
Choosing the Best Tape
Look for a wide double-sided tape approximately 1-2 inches wide. Wider tape picks up more lint in fewer rolls. Mounting tape and carpet tape work especially well.
If the plastic keeps sliding off, secure it with small pieces of tape at each end. Or place rubber bands around the ends to hold the plastic wrap in place.
If the roller slides instead of rolling, add tread by wrapping a layer of non-skid shelf liner around the tube. You can also wrap wider rubber bands around the tube to create grip lines.
Extending Roller Life
Your homemade lint roller will last longer if you store it properly in a sealed bag or container. Only set it sticky side down on a protected surface, never directly on the table or counter.
By following this tutorial and the usage tips, your toilet paper tube lint roller will provide an economical, eco-friendly way to keep lint and pet hair under control. Have fun making this easy DIY craft!