Do you love your eco-friendly and all-natural laundry room? But are you still using chemical-laden dryer sheets? Making your own homemade wool dryer balls may seem like an arduous process. Fear not, it’s not as difficult as it looks. We’ve broken it down step by step in an easy to follow process. Get the DIY…
Greening our home has been a step-by-step process. It definitely hasn’t happened overnight. One of the first DIYs I tried was making my own laundry detergent. I just couldn’t take the chemical-filled detergent on our clothes. It was time to make our own wool dryer balls. The benefits are many.
They are all-natural and no chemicals.
You save money – they last forever.
They help to reduce static cling in the dryer.
They save time and electricity by cutting down on drying time.
A Few Thoughts Before You Begin
Be sure to use worsted yarn and not superwash yarn.
I recommend using 4 balls in the dryer at once.
Your balls should last you approximately 1,000 loads. I don’t bother to count. I change mine once a year.
2 standard skeins of wool for 4 tennis-sized dryer balls
1 pair pantyhose (used is awesome!)
Begin by wrapping the yarn around 2 fingers 10-20 times.
Pull the yarn off your fingers and wrap the yarn around the middle another 15 times.
Continue wrapping the yarn until it’s about the size of a baseball or tennis ball.
When you have your ball, cut the end, and tuck the end piece under several pieces.
Repeat for the remaining balls.
Place one ball into your pantyhose.
Repeat for the remaining balls, knotting in between each one.
Make sure there is a knot on the end.
To felt the balls, wash them in your washing machine on the hottest setting. You can add in some towels to help muffle the “banging.”
Dry the balls in the dryer on the hottest setting.
Repeat the wash and dry 3 more times.
Remove from the pantyhose and you’re ready to go!
If all of this sounds great, but you are not interested in the DIY, you can easily purchase homemade organic wool dryer balls.
Another favorite brand is Molly Suds Dryer Balls.
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