Do you use wool dryer balls when you dry your clothes in your drying machine?
If you don’t, you should give them a try… they are FABULOUS!!
– They speed your drying time which can relate to a big saving on your monthly gas or electricity bill.
– They are reusable and last for many years.
– They are totally natural and don’t add toxic chemicals to your clothes… (do you know how many harmful toxins are in dryer sheets?)
– They decrease static in your clothes.
– They can make your clothes smell heavenly with all-natural essential oils.
– They are biodegradable and won’t clog landfills for generations to come.
Long story short… you’ll feel GOOD about using them!
And, they are fun, cheap and easy to make at home.
Here is what you’ll need :
– 100% wool yarn
– a recycled pair of nylon or lycra tights
– essential oil of your choice (optional)
It’s important to use 100% wool yarn when you make your dryer balls as we need the wool to felt slightly into a firm ball. Synthetic wool blends do not felt and will not work for this purpose.
Begin by wrapping the yarn into a tight ball.
When your ball is about 3 inches in diameter, cut the yarn and tuck the end neatly under the rolled strands.
Put the balls into lycra or nylon tights. Tie a knot between them and a knot in the end.
Pop them in the washing machine on the HOT cycle with a little detergent. It helps to have other items in the wash to help agitate the balls and felt them. I add my bathmats to the cycle as they do well in the hot water and are heavy enough to agitate the wool dryer balls perfectly.
When the cycle is complete put them into the dryer for a cycle.
Now that they are dry, they are ready to add to your dryer with your clothes.
You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the dryer balls before setting them in with your clothes – your laundry will smell so wonderful.
Easy, reusable and good for your family… wool dryer balls are the best.
I bet you’ll never go back to those toxic dryer sheets ever again!
If you’ve enjoyed this tutorial, please have a look at my other felting tutorials.
Blessings and magic,