Have you ever heard of wool dryer balls? The first time I saw them was at Luckett’s Antique Fall Market several years ago. I loved the idea of them then and I do now. Dryer balls can be tossed into the dryer with your wet clothes and they save dryer time, gets rid of static cling, are more! I didn’t buy them at Lucketts because they were $35.00 a piece! Not a bad price for one, but dryer balls work best when three are used. So I tucked this idea in the back of my mind and finally years later made them! This is such an easy diy and it has wonderful benefits for our health and pocketbooks! Let’s make these easy dryer balls!
Here are just some of the benefits of dryer balls…
- saves energy by drying clothes faster
- cuts down on static cling
- drys clothes faster
- reduces wrinkles
- softens clothes
- no chemicals
- each ball last about 5 years
That’s a pretty big list of why you should make them! Each dryer ball took less than 5 minutes to roll into a ball! Easy- peasy!
You will need:
- about 2 skeins of yarn for 3 balls- It is important to only use 100% wool yarn. I use Parsons yarn. You can find it HERE and HERE
- old pantyhose
- Begin making a wool yarn ball. Wrap the yarn around your four fingers 10 times.
- Slip the yarn off your fingers, turn 90 degrees and wrap the yarn around the middle of the yarn loops.
- Turn the yarn another 90 degrees and wrap the yarn around the ball another 6 times. Continuing turning the ball at 45 degree angles and wrapping it 6 times with the yarn.
4. Make balls a little larger than the size of a tennis ball. I made mine the size of a baseball.
5. To secure the end of the yarn, use scissors to pull up a section of the yarn and secure the end under it.
6. Put the wool balls in one leg of a pantyhose and tie a length of string (I used yarn, although it felted too) between each ball. I made 9 yarn balls so I used both legs of the pantyhose.
Wash the dry balls in the pantyhose along with white towels if you are using light colored yarn and jeans if using dark colored yarn. Add just a little laundry soap in the first wash. Use the hottest water. Dry with your laundry on the hottest setting.
You may have to wash and dry the dryer balls 2-3 times to get them to “felt”. They are felted when you cannot pull up the yarn when you run your fingernail over them. I have a heavy duty setting on my washer and used extra hot water. I washed and dried them once and they felted.
Now pop them into the dryer with your wet clothes and reap the benefits! I keep them in a little basket in my laundry room, ready to be used over and over!
You might like to add a few drops of essential oil to your dryer balls and your laundry will smell fabulous too! You can get my favorite essential oils, Purification, HERE.
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