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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 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
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