Look, I’m only part crunchy. I like natural goods, homemade stuff, cloth diapers and all, but I’m also kind of lazy. So, I can’t fully commit to the crunchy lifestyle. But there are some things that I won’t let go, like essential oils and super easy DIY’s, like this one.
I’ve been using these DIY wool dryer balls for a couple years now, and I’ve completely replaced those funky chemical ridden dryer sheets. What I love about these wool dryer balls is that they don’t just replace dryer sheets, they beat them. So I’m gonna show you how to make wool dryer balls.
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Have you ever looked into what’s in a dryer sheet? Just go ahead and google it. Look, I’ll save you some time and share this article from Natural Living Ideas called Here’s Why You Should Never Use Dryer Sheets & What To Use Instead– just give that a quick read.
So if I’m gonna convince you to use wool dryer balls, then when need to talk about the benefits of using them. We already know that wool dryer balls are a better option because they are all natural, safe, and non toxic, but what else is there?
Wool dryer balls act as a reflector, helping to separate the clothes as they tumble and reducing dry time. As they turn, the balls continue to release some amount of moisture, keeping the air inside the dryer slightly humid, reducing static cling.
The durable wool fabric makes these dryer balls last forever. Not literally forever, but close. If you’re struggling with static cling, add a small safety pin to the wool dryer balls. Clothing contacting with the metal will help reduce the cling. For scent, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (like Purification).
Now that I’m done jabbering, I can finally get to the ‘how to make wool dryer balls’ part. It’s absolutely simple to make and takes a minimal amount of time. I made this short video for you to easily follow along, or you can read below for step by step instructions.
- 100% wool yarn; 1 spool of wool yarn makes two dryer balls, I use about 4 wool dryer balls per load.
- nylon stocking
How To Make Wool Dryer Balls:
- Twist the wool into a very tight ball, about tennis ball size
- Weave the end of the string thru the outer layer of the wool ball
- Place the ball inside of a nylon stocking, stretch very tight and knot above
- Place next ball into the stocking above the previous, and repeat knotting
- Wash the string of dryer balls on HOT and then dry on HOT
- Repeat wash/dry
- Remove from stocking
- Use your DIY wool dryer balls just as you would dryer sheets
The twisting of the wool is probably the most tedious part. More aggravating than tedious. But look, you can do it! Just put on your favorite Netflix show and bingewatch while you twist. You’ll be done in no time and you’ll feel a lot better knowing that you helped rid your family of a little toxicity.
Do you use wool dryer balls? Did you make them yourself, or purchase them? Let us know below and be sure to share!