Wool dryer balls are not a new concept. You can buy them online, and in many stores…but why not make your own since it is so easy to do?
You may be thinking, what are the benefits to dryer balls? I love to use dryer sheets!
There are many! Some of the benefits include: reducing the chemicals you use on your clothes, reduce the drying time in your dryer, reduces static in your laundry and prevents wrinkles! For me, that was enough to try them out…and now that I have, I can add another benefit to the list, they are pretty sitting in this cute little basket on top of your dryer. 🙂
I have to admit, it’s only been in the past year that I have truly paid attention to the chemicals that are in the products we use for skincare, cleaning, laundry, etc. It’s been eyeopening to realize the chemicals that are in the things we use every single day without thinking about it (and how bad they are for your!) These wool dryer balls are just another of the many ways that I can put my essential oils to good use.
How to Make Wool Dryer Balls
- 100% wool yarn (1 skein makes about 2 dryer balls slightly larger than tennis balls)
- Crochet hook
- Essential Oils (click here to learn more about the essential oils I use)
1. Start by wrapping the yarn around your index and middle finger approximately 10 times.
2. Slide the looped yarn off your fingers and wrap yarn around the center of the loops to start to form the ball.
3. Continue to evenly create the ball.
4. Once the ball is the size you desire, use the crochet hook to pull the end of yarn through the ball to secure.
I prefer a dryer ball to be slightly larger than a tennis ball, but it is completely personal preference.
5. Slide the yarn balls into your pantyhose and tie them very securely into a “caterpillar shape.”
Note it is very important that you tie it securely. I did not do this on one of my sets, and it came completely unwound in the washer. I definitely learned my lesson the hard way!
6. Wash your dryer balls in the hot water setting, and dry them in the hottest dry cycle to “felt them.” Take them out of the pantyhose. You only need to use the pantyhose the first time to fuse them.
7. Add a drop of essential oil to each dryer ball before you use it. I love to use lavender! Just toss them in the dryer with your clothes.
A little more info on these wood dryer balls.
- They last for years! You can reuse them over and over and they only become more felted, which is good!
- You need 2-4 for small loads and 4-6 for large heavy loads (such as jeans or towels). Generally speaking, the more you use, the more it will speed up the drying process.
Enjoy! Let me know if you have any questions about these in the comments. I hope that you love these wool dryer balls as much as I do!