I have been dying to make these DIY dryer balls for a long time now. I literally bought the yarn a few months ago and have procrastinated more than I want to admit. But, hey, I finished them, and I’m quite excited to share my accomplishment with you.
I’ve been attempting to eliminate pollutants from our home as much as possible since I began utilizing essential oils. Switching from dryer sheets to wool balls will significantly reduce the amount of pollutants absorbed into our skin on a regular basis.
Do you know how bad dryer sheets are for you? I didn’t!! Until I read an article about the toxicity of dryer sheets and it is quite scary the amount of ick they put in those things. So I tossed them finally and got to work making these wool balls.
Benefits of Wool Dryer Balls
Saves time and money – You would never have to buy fabric softener or dryer sheets again, leaving the harmful chemicals out of your house for life.
Softens and fluffs- without harmful chemicals of dryer sheets! Dryer balls help separate clothing helping air flow through the center of the laundry and allowing even drying.
Does not reduce towel absorbency – score!
Reduces Static – If you notice that the static is not being eliminated throw them in another set of pantyhose and run them through the felting process one time (how to felt the dryer balls is the last step below)
Safe for cloth diapers! – need I say more?
How Many Do I need?
This is a matter of preference. The larger your loads of laundry the more you are probably going to need. Some people use two and some use 12.
Using Essential Oils On Wool Dryer Balls
Wool is a great material for oils. Add 2-3 drops on each ball. The wool allows the oils to absorb and then when warmed the scent and therapeutic benefits of the oil will carry through your laundry. I love using the cleansing blend because it kills germs and smells lemony fresh or the protective blend which kills germs and has a clove scent.
Both of them are constantly taking turns in my dryer, but there are so many other oils that not only smell great on your clothes but have amazing benefits. (click on them to learn about those specific oils. On Guard has a whole line made to helping eliminate toxins in your home!)
**(I am addicted to essential oils, but I am going to warn you. There are only certain brands that are meant to be ingested. Not every oil is PURE like the labels say so please make sure you read the fine print on the back of the bottles before you ingest anything. I found this out the hard way.
Now I only use doTERRA and so many of my friends wanted to get oils that it turned into a little side business, so if you are interested in getting oils you can go to www. mydoterra .com/jessicabures (remove spaces) id# 2063015 and pick some up…most people start with the Natural solutions package and sign up for a wholesale membership (not preferred..preferred members only get 20% off purchases, wholesale gets 25%!! plus there are more perks with the wholesale account).
If you have questions about what to get please reach out to me so I can walk you through the steps and answer any of your oil questions. I have done a lot of research and love sharing my knowledge with anyone interested in learning!)**
How to make Wool Dryer Balls
- 2-4 Skeins 100% Pure Wool Yarn (not machine washable wool or it will not felt)
- Crochet hook or something pointy to push the end into the ball
- Start by wrapping the yarn around your fingers 10-15 times. Slide it off of your fingers and start
- When you slide it off of your fingers, start wrapping the center and continuing until you make a tiny ball…
- After you wrap the yard for a few minutes you will start to see a ball forming. This is where the real fun begins and why I called it “kinda easy”! This tiny ball fell out of my clumsy fingers about 20 times at this stage unwrapping itself over and over and over..you get the point.
- But you just keep going and going and going…until you have a bigger ball that still kept falling out of my hands and unwrapping some. It was easier when it got bigger but I was having 100 problems keeping it from slipping out of my hands. Maybe I was having a bad day, but if it happens to you know you were not alone!
- Make sure when you wrap it you go in all different directions. If you wrap it the same way a bunch of times before you switch you will end up with a lopsided ball.
You will use the whole skein of yarn making one ball. That is why if you buy a 3 pack HERE on Amazon its a tad cheaper than in the stores unless you have a good coupon for the yard.
When you get to the end its time to grab a crochet hook or a paint can opener, or even your car key..anything pointy that you can use to push the end of the yarn inside of the ball. Again, most posts I have read on making these made this part sound easy too…but for me, well lets just say I had my own set of issues. I ended up having to shove the hook the whole way through the ball to get the end to stay inside of it. So if you are using anything else, make sure you have a glass of wine ready!
Now for the super easy fail proof step. Stick your balls inside of the pantyhose. Bet you didn’t see that sentence coming! Bahahaha.
Tie it tight around each wool ball or use an extra piece of yarn or string to tie it shut. You can put more than one ball in a stocking, just tie in between them keeping it as tight as you can so that the ball keeps its shape during the felting process.
Now it is time to felt them. Toss them in the washer with a load of towels or by themselves on the hottest water cycle you can do. Then dry them on the hottest setting. I had to do this step twice to get it to felt enough. You may have to do 3 or 4 depending on the settings of your machines.
Now you are ready to use your dryer balls! Just add a few drops of essential oils or use them plain. Just toss them in the dryer and let them do their thing!
Do you use these gems already? How many do you use? Any tips you want to offer? Leave ideas in the comment section!