Have you heard of wool dryer balls? They are fabulous! Put a bunch of these wooly wonders in your dryer and reap all the benefits. Wool dryer balls will take the static out of your clothes, taking the place of dryer sheets, and decrease the time it takes for your laundry to dry. If you like for your laundry to be scented you can put a few drops of your favorite essential oil right on the ball and toss it in with your drying clothes.
Some of my favorite essential oils scents are:
DIY Felted Wool Dryer Balls
You can easily make your own wool dryer balls for around $2.50 a piece using these simple instructions for DIY Felted Wool Dryer Balls. These wool dryer balls would make a lovely gift for the women in your life!
You will need:
Loosely wind the yarn into large balls. It is very important to wind the balls loosely because that allows the fibers to felt more easily in the fourth step. The exact size of the ball is not important but you want to err on the large size because small wool balls can get lost in laundry much more easily than larger ones.
Once your yarn ball has reached a proper size cut the yarn leaving a tail that is a few inches long. Thread that tail onto your yarn needle and weave the tail back through the ball several times to lock the end in place. Cut any remaining tail yarn flush with the ball.
Slide the yarn ball all the way to the toe of the nylon stocking. Knot the stocking so that the first yarn ball is completely surrounded by stocking. Slide the next yarn ball in as far as it will go and tie another knot. Continue in this fashion until all yarn balls are in stocking cocoons.
Wash the worm of wool balls in very hot water with your regular laundry soap. You can wash the balls with your regular laundry so you’re not wasting water or electricity. Send the balls through several wash and dry cycles with your regular laundry for best results. The hot water and the soap will cause the wool to felt onto itself meaning that the yarn ball will not unravel.
Cut the stocking away from the balls. If the wool doesn’t look completely felted simply tie the balls back into another stocking as in step 3 and repeat step 4. Once the wool balls are completely felted you can start using them in your dryer.
Have you ever used Wool Dryer Balls? Let me know in the comments below!
P.S. For $15.95 you can purchase a set of three wool dryer balls from Grove Collaborative. Use my referral link and you’ll receive $10.00 credit toward your first order!