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 you need to make your own dryer balls?

These DIY dryer balls are super easy to make. You’ll need three skeins of 100% roving wool to make up to six baseball size dryer balls, a pair of pantyhose, scissors and six 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.

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!


*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 you 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! 🙂

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

I wish you health and happiness! 🙂


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

    1. Author

      You’re welcome. Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

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