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Make Your Own Wool Dryer Balls

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.

How to make your own wool dryer balls. Full tutorial. #DryerBalls #RealCoake #Wool

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.

How to make your own wool dryer balls. Full tutorial. #DryerBalls #RealCoake #Wool

Supplies:

  • 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

How to make your own wool dryer balls. Full tutorial. #DryerBalls #RealCoake #Wool

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.

How to make your own wool dryer balls. Full tutorial. #DryerBalls #RealCoake #Wool

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.

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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.

How to make your own wool dryer balls. Full tutorial. #DryerBalls #RealCoake #Wool

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.

How to make your own wool dryer balls. Full tutorial. #DryerBalls #RealCoake #Wool

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.

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Your dryer balls should look something like this.

How to make your own wool dryer balls. Full tutorial. #DryerBalls #RealCoake #Wool

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.

How to make your own wool dryer balls. Full tutorial. #DryerBalls #RealCoake #Wool

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.

How to make your own wool dryer balls. Full tutorial. #DryerBalls #RealCoake #Wool

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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  • Tina Ernspiker - July 22, 2014 - 3:30 pm

    I have heard of tennis balls and dryer balls but not these! Very cool! You will have to let us know if you still like them after using them for a few months ;-)ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - July 22, 2014 - 11:30 pm

      I will try to remember to do that. I’m pretty sure I’m still going to be loving them. It will be interesting to see how long they last for and when I need to make new wool dryer balls.ReplyCancel

  • Kim @ Sand & Sisal - July 24, 2014 - 10:44 am

    I have never heard of these before! What a neat idea. Thanks for linking them up to Inspire Me Monday! Pinning them today!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - July 24, 2014 - 11:02 pm

      They are a great idea(which of course is not my original idea at all, but probably goes back a really long time)….glad you like them. :-)ReplyCancel

  • suzy - July 26, 2014 - 6:31 am

    Thanks for this tutorial. I actually bought some dryer balls on amazon a few months ago, but I think I have already lost one. I love the idea of adding essential oil to them too. I need to find one that both me and my hubby will like.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - July 29, 2014 - 12:33 am

      Glad you liked it! Let me know what essential oil you decide to give a try. I need to try some when I get home. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Suzy Supnet - July 26, 2014 - 11:28 am

    Thanks for this tutorial. I actually bought some dryer balls on amazon a few months ago, but I think I have already lost one. I love the idea of adding essential oil to them too. I need to find one that both me and my hubby will like. ReplyCancel

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  • Pamela - July 29, 2014 - 6:30 pm

    I love dryer balls but have not made any yet. I buy them on Etsy and always give them as baby shower gifts. The dryer sheets are seriously bad for us because we essentially rub chemicals on ourselves when using towels dried with dryer sheets. But static-free and softness are important and so I give new moms wool dryer balls. I find the best ones are Austalian virgin wool. My daughter loves them as she lives in a cold climate and it does decrease drying time quite a bit. I SSTILL have to buy some for myself! So maybe I’ll make some!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - July 29, 2014 - 11:25 pm

      Sounds like a great baby shower gift! I never really thought about all the chemicals in them until the last year or two. I’m slowly greening myself over the last 10-11 years. You definitely should make some for yourself. A gift for you!ReplyCancel

  • Jayne - July 30, 2014 - 2:00 pm

    I have never heard of wool dryer balls. Interesting! I’ve heard of tennis balls for fluffing and a ball of aluminium foil for static, but not wool balls. I will have to give these a try! Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - July 30, 2014 - 11:50 pm

      Yes, they are great! I am really glad I finally got around to making some. Hope you love them if you give them a try.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - July 31, 2014 - 6:05 pm

    I’ve been doing this for years. I can’t imagine the amount of money I’ve saved on dryer sheets, not to mention keeping the chemicals out of our lives. I did it exactly as you did..and yes I do use essential oils. I also have been making my own laundry soap..another huge savings and you know what’s in it.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - July 31, 2014 - 10:44 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that it has saved you money! I was assuming that it would, but I am glad to hear that it will from someone who has been using them. I’ve been making my own laundry soap for years as well(there is even a blog post here with my ‘recipe’). You are right it is a huge savings! Love that! and I love knowing exactly what is in my detergent.ReplyCancel

  • Aimee Lane - August 6, 2014 - 2:27 am

    These have been on my ‘to do’ list FOREVER. Love it!!! Featuring you tomorrow. XO, AimeeReplyCancel

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