Today I have another post for you that is from my quest to complete projects that have been on my to-do list for a really long time. I recently made wool dryer balls.
It has been over a year that I have been wanting to make wool dryer balls. Yay for another thing off my to-do list!
Of course I’ve got you covered as well. I’ve got a full tutorial so you can make your own wool dryer balls.
First, let me tell you a little bit about wool dryer balls and why you might want some as well.
Wool dryer balls are supposed to reduce your drying time. Saving you money by saving energy. They are said to reduce drying time by up to 50%. They will eliminate static, eliminating the need for dryer sheets or sprays with chemicals or perfumes. You can also eliminate the cost of buying those sheets and sprays. They will often help soften your clothes and reduce wrinkles naturally. By using wool dryer balls, you are doing one easy thing to help the earth in multiple ways. Sounds good, right?
They are also easy to make and if you prefer, you can add a few drops of essential oilsto your wool dryer balls to add a natural fragrance to your clothing, sheets and towels. That way you don’t have to sacrifice fragrance if that is really important to you. Make sure if you add essential oils that they are good quality, 100% pure oils or they may stain your dryer balls.
- 100% Pure Wool Yarn– Do not get any yarn that says it is washable. Make sure it is 100% Wool.
- Old tights or pantyhose
- Washable yarn or twine
Start with your 100% wool yarn. Wrap the yarn around your fingers until you have a small bunch. Pull the bunch off your fingers and pinch it together in the middle.
Start wrapping yarn around your pinched together bundle. Trying to go completely around your bunch. As you wind, a ball will begin to form.
This is a fantastic project to do while watching TV. It is not hard in the slightest, but it will take some time to wind 5 to 6 dryer balls. You will want 5 to 6 total.
If you are midway through winding a ball when you run out of yarn, just tie a knot with the first yarn to the second skein of yarn and keep winding.
Make your dryer balls about the size of a baseball. They can be slightly larger or slightly smaller. No need to be a perfectionist with this.
With my two skeins of yarn, I was able to make 5 wool dryer balls.
When you have a dryer ball the size you want, clip your yarn. Tuck the yarn under a piece of yarn that is wound tightly in the ball. Twist that piece of yarn in and out of other tightly woven pieces of yarn. Finally tuck the end completely under.
Your dryer balls should look something like this.
Place the dryer balls into the leg of your old pair of tights or pantyhose. Tie each ball off with twine or yarn. Make sure that this yarn is not 100% wool. If you use 100% wool yarn here, you will felt it as well and won’t be able to get your balls out without cutting them out of the pantyhose.
Wash your wool dryer ball snake 4 to 5 times in your hottest water cycle and dry them on your hottest dryer setting 4 to 5 times as well.
I did this while doing normal sheets and towels laundry so as to not waste water. It worked perfectly.
After washing and drying 4 to 5 times, you have now felted your wool dryer ball. Can you see the difference? With the felted dryer ball there are not the distinct marks of the yarn wound around, it is more flat and smashed together.
Place 2 to 3 dryer balls in your dryer per load.
I made my dryer balls just a few days before we left on our cross-country trip. Thus far I am loving them. I did notice that a couple of my loads took a lot less time to dry then they would have in the past. I have not noticed any static when using the dryer balls. Then we left and I haven’t been able to use them more.
I plan to try out some essential oilswhen we get back. I think that will be really nice. I plan to use different oils during different seasons. Oils that will help ward off mosquitos during the summer and oils that help keep us healthy during the winter. Doesn’t that sound fantastic? Can’t wait!
Have you ever heard of wool dryer balls before? Any other benefits you have noticed if you currently use them?
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