Recently, I got together with my mom for a fun little date and we made wool dryer balls! The dryer balls replace your need for a fabric softener AND dryer sheets. Not only do they soften your clothing, BUT when you add essential oils, they leave a lovely fragrance, that is entirely chemical free! Sounds good to me!
SO, how do you make them?
-one or two rolls of 100% wool yarn. (It must be 100% wool, or the yarn will not felt together and you will have a stringy mess.)
-tights, pantyhose, or nylons. If you have an old pair with runs in them, it’s preferable because you can reuse it!
-your favorite bottle of essential oil (we have been using Elevation for our Laundry!)
-pair of scissors
Ok, once you have all your necessary items it’s time to get started!
1. Take the end of the yarn and wrap it around your middle and index finger 10 times. Remove it from the fingers and wrap 2-3 times around the middle. (It should look like a bow) This will be the start of your ball.
2. Continue tightly wrapping the yarn around the start, working toward making a round shape. Once your ball is roughly the size of a tennis ball, cut the yarn and tuck the end into the sides of the ball. Repeat this process until you have created four or more balls of yarn.
3. Cut one leg off the pantyhose. Place one ball into the bottom of the leg and tie a knot right above the ball to secure it into place. Repeat until all the balls have been added and secured.
4. Once the balls are tightly secured in the panty hose, put them in the washer (can be with a load of dirty laundry) and wash on the hottest setting. This will allow the yarn to felt. Felting will make the yarn fuse together, resulting in a solid ball. Once washed, dry the balls thoroughly in the dryer at the highest heat setting.
5. After the balls are completely dry, remove them from the pantyhose and they are ready for use! Before drying your next load of laundry, add your favorite essential oil to 4-6 dryer balls, toss them in the dryer, and enjoy the soft, fluffy, wonderful-smelling fruits of your labor. (2-3 drops per ball should last a few loads. Add more for a stronger scent)
And that’s how you do it! How did it work for you? Let me know!