Dryer balls help freshen and fluff clothing without using dryer sheets that cover clothing with toxic chemicals and synthetic fragrances. Over time, dryer balls save time, energy, and money.
Not only do dryer balls promote toxin-free living, they are also incredibly easy to make! The key material here is 100% wool yarn. A wool yarn blend will not felt properly to form a finished dryer ball.
Once you have your 100% wool yarn, you will also need an old nylon stocking, string, scissors, and your favorite essential oils (I use these oils for everything
). Now that you have all of your supplies, let's get started!
DIY Wool Dryer Balls
2 skeins 100% wool yarn
(Must be 100% wool to felt properly. No wool blends)
Essential oils (doTERRA Purify or Wild Orange work well) - where to buy
Directions: Wrap yarn 20-30 times around two fingers. Slide fingers out from yarn loop and wrap 20-30 times again around the newly formed yarn loop. Continue tightly wrapping the yarn in different directions until a solid yarn ball forms about the size of a tennis ball (this will take about 1/2 skein of yarn). Once desired size is achieved, cut yarn and securely tuck yarn tail under several pieces of wrapped yarn. Tuck final piece of yarn tail deep inside the yarn ball using a pencil, crochet hook, or chop stick. Complete the same process above until you have 4 balls.
Place balls inside nylon stocking and separate each ball by tightly tying a string between each ball. Don’t use wool yarn for this because it will “felt” in the dryer. Dryer balls are now ready for the felting process. Place dryer balls inside the nylon in a deep bowl and cover with boiling water. Let set for 20 minutes. Carefully remove balls from water and place on a large towel. Soak up as much water as possible using the towel. Place the wet towel and the yarn balls (still in the nylon stocking) into the dryer. Dry on the hottest setting for 1-3 cycles until the balls are completely dry to complete the felting process.
Once completely dry, cut the nylon stocking and remove the dryer balls. Individual yarn strands should now be felted together and not be able to be unraveled. If so, they are ready to be used!
To use dryer balls, add a couple drops of your favorite essential oils like doTERRA Purify or Wild Orange essential oils to your dryer balls and add all 4 balls (or more) to your dryer every time you dry a load of laundry. Enjoy!
Want a video tutorial? Watch me make DIY dryer balls here
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