DIY Wool Dryer Balls

 

 

Benefits Of Wool Dryer Balls

SAVES TIME

It dries your laundry faster, which saves time and energy. Plus they will last for 1000+ loads of laundry, unlike dryer sheets, youll have to keep purchasing.

SOFTENS AND FLUFFS WITHOUT TOXIC CHEMICALS

Unlike commercial fabric softeners, these wool dryer balls are chemical/toxin free. Dryer balls softens clothes naturally as the felted wool gently rubs against garment fibers, and they fluff by separating clothes that would otherwise clump together.

EQUIPMENT

  • 2 – 3 skeins of 100% Wool Yarn – dark gray, light gray and low tide.  Make sure not to get “superwash” or washable yarn because it won’t felt. (**I waited for a yarn sale at my local craft store and purchased 1 skein for $3)
  • crochet hook or felting needle
  • pantyhose
  • Scissors

Begin by winding the end of the wool yarn around your two fingers.

Fold yarn over and begin wrapping into a ball.
Alternating sides as you go, so you don’t end up with an oblong shape.

Continue rolling & balling the yarn until you have reached desired size. I was able to get two out of each skein. Use your Crochet tool to tuck excess yarn into the ball carefully

Cut the full leg off your pantyhose.
Carefully place the Dryer Ball into the stocking.
Push it all the way to the bottom so that  the stocking is tightly wrapped around the ball. Pull the stocking around the ball tightly and tie remaining stocking in a knot.

Throw the balls into your wash machine with like colors if you are using dark yarn colors.  Towels & Jeans make great agitators & help with the felting process, but be sure the items are ok to be washed in hot water.

Run your wash machine on the Hot water cycle. Then throw the balls into the dryer with the clothes & dry on the hottest setting.

You may need to repeat the process 2-3 more times until you achieve a ‘felted’ ball.

If the ball appears fuzzy, but felted after 2 or 3 washings, just use your scissors to trim off any extra wool ‘hairs’ that might be sticking out.  But the yarn strands should not separate & be ‘fused’ together.

 

I personally just use them as is, but if you like your clothes to come out smelling even better, use a couple drops of your favorite essential oil.

How Many Do I Need?

Wool dryer balls work by separating clothes so that warm air circulates better. The more you have the more pronounced the effects – faster drying time, softer clothes, less static cling, and lower energy usage. Some people use just two, while others use up to twelve for large loads. I use six, but how many you use is really up to you.

 

**money saving tip- if you have old wool sweaters or thrift old wool sweaters, you can cut down on yarn cost. Just cut a piece of sweater, wad it into a ball and wrap it with the yard 10x’s to secure it.

 

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