How to Make Wool Dryer Balls

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Wool dryer balls offer a non-toxic, natural solution for softening and drying clothes. They are cost efficient as they can be used up to 1000 times!

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How to make wool dryer balls

Wool dryer balls are balls made of 100% wool that are used, as a replacement to dryer sheets, to soften and reduce static when drying clothes.

Why use wool dryer balls?

Dryer sheets are chemical-laden. They are toxic to us and to the environment. Dryer sheets contain carcinogens, hazardous pollutants and endocrine disruptors (source).

Dryer balls offer a natural, safe alternative to dryer sheets. They are very cost-efficient as they can last up to 1000 loads of laundry. Wow!

What do I need to make my own dryer balls?

Dryer balls are super easy to make. You’ll need 3 skeins of 100% roving wool to make up to 6 baseball size dryer balls, a pair of panty hose, scissors and 6 pieces of string about 3 inches long (each). Do not buy washable wool as it will not felt.

How to make wool dryer balls:

Step 1

  • Begin by wrapping a piece of yarn around your index and middle fingers about a dozen times.
  • Slip the yarn off your fingers, then wrap the yarn around itself about a dozen times the other way to secure it.
  • Squish the ball a bit and keep wrapping the yarn until you end up with a ball the size of a baseball.
  • Cut the yarn.
  • Weave the end piece of the yarn in and out of the ball until it is secure and well hidden.
  • Continue with the above steps until you have made as many balls as you like.
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Step 2

  • Take a pair of pantyhose and cut the legs off.
  • Place a ball inside one leg of the pantyhose. Twist it a couple of times and tie the top with a piece of string.
  • Add another ball on top of the first one. Again, twist and tie.
  • Add a third ball on top of the second ball. Twist and tie.
  • If you have more balls, complete the above steps with the other leg of pantyhose.

Step 3

  • You’ll now have to ‘felt’ the balls so they’ll stay intact. You can do this by washing the balls with a load of towels in hot water. Repeat wash.
  • Dry the balls once on a hot setting.
  • The dryer balls are now ready to be used…yay!
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*I usually add a few drops of my favorite essential oils to the balls each load.

*If you like, you can wash the balls (without wrapping them) after using them for a while. This helps to secure the balls even more.

*Use two balls for small loads, four for medium loads and six for large loads.

Where can I get dryer balls?

If you are not up for making dryer balls yourself, you can purchase them here. Either way, you will save yourself a lot of money, detox your home and help sustain the environment.

Please share if you know someone who might find this helpful. Thanks! 🙂

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Do you have a favorite non-toxic clothes softener? Do you use wool dryer balls? Share your comments below.

Be happy, stay healthy. 🙂





  1. Wow!!! I really like this article. Thanks doll.

    1. Author

      You’re welcome. Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

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