Placing balls of wool in the dryer with your load of clothes or towels is a great way to save money on electricity and fabric softener. Not to mention avoiding the nasty stuff found in a lot of fabric softeners. I will show you an easy, cost effective way to make dryer balls so you can make your everyday a bit more efficient and healthy. Let’s go!
- 2 new or old purchased dryer balls (mine were used up and ready to toss away)
- 1 skein 100% wool yarn (I didn’t have any problems with colorfastness)
- Old nylon stocking or sock
One note about the original plastic dryer balls: they were a famous name brand I purchased at a discount retailer. The plastic dryer balls can be used for several months. Mine were old and the little spikes were falling off and ready for the trash but I thought they would be a good core for my wool project and save me a little money on wool. Look for sales or coupons for your wool. Mine was in the clearance section at a hobby store.
1)Start by tightly wrapping yarn randomly around dryer ball, changing up directions frequently. Continue wrapping until ball is the size you want. Since I had two balls and didn’t want to buy more than one skein of yarn, I just estimated the yarn amount until I thought about half was gone. Leave about a 10″ tail and stuff the tail into the ball as far in as you can. Repeat for other ball.
2)Insert completely wrapped ball in a cut portion of pantyhose. Tie tightly.
3)To felt or condense the wool itself, place entire pantyhose-wrapped ball in a load of hot water laundry and run through the cycle as normal.
4)Leaving the ball wrapped in the pantyhose, place it in the dryer on a hot cycle and run through as normal.
5)Cut off pantyhose. The wool is now compacted and the dryer ball is ready to use.
I have used my dryer balls countless times and have since never needed liquid fabric softener or dryer sheets. The drying time of my loads has been reduced significantly. Wool dryer balls can make your everyday a little bit easier. I hope you give these a try!