Dryer balls are a really great way to eliminate toxins from your laundry, save money, and save energy. I’ve personally been using dryer balls in my laundry for two years, and I’ve never looked back.
And trust me, my husband and I used to be very into our Bounce sheets! But I can honestly say that I don’t miss them, and am quite happy when I skip the laundry isle all together!
So you might be wondering how a wool ball can do all these wonderful things? Let me fill you in.
Are Dryer Balls Really Worth It?
Yes. They are. It might be hard at first to end your love affair with Bounce, but trust me, it’s worth it. Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself.
Reduce Drying Time = Money Savings
With all the bouncing around in your dryer, they actually reduce drying time which saves you in energy costs. And you’re also saving each time you don’t have to buy those dryer sheets from the grocery store because these babies last over a thousand loads! And, as a bonus, you’re becoming more energy efficient in the process, so the planet is thanking you.
Softens and Fluffs –With No Chemicals
Traditional dryer sheets use a boat-load of chemicals to soften clothing in the dryer, and in the process, leave a thin layer of chemical residue on your laundry! Yuck. And this is especially bad news for your towels and cloth diapers because it impedes on their potential absorbency.
Wool dryer balls are different because there are no chemicals used in making them, and no chemicals used in softening and fluffing your clothes. Just good ‘ol wool doin what it do. When the felted wool gently rubs against the laundry as it tumbles, it naturally softens them and fluffs by separating what would normally clump together.
Look at that, you’re saving money again by not having to replace your towels and diapers as often, and you’re saving your skin from rubbing up against chemical lined clothing all day.
Reduces Static without Coating the Laundry
Bounce sheets aren’t the only way to reduce static in the dryer. These little wool balls work pretty good too. Here’s how: the wool balls absorb moisture from the wet clothes, and maintain a humid environment in the dryer which cuts down on the static.
For the best results, I would recommend using at least four at a time, but you could always use more if you feel necessary.
Ready To Make Your Own?
If all of these reasons haven’t convinced you to make the switch, I have one more thing up my sleeve, and that’s how easy and cheap they are to make! Check it out.
**Find recipe card at the end of the post**
You Will Need:
Pair of Pantyhose (an old worn out pair in the bottom of your closet works great)
Essential Oils (optional)
1. Roll the yarn into a ball. This is literally most of the tutorial. The size of the ball is completely up to you, I made mine about the size of a tennis ball (which I think is pretty standard for dryer balls), so if you already know how to make a yarn ball, you can skip to step 2. If not, I attempted to explain and took a few photos to help you get the gist.
Start by spinning the yarn around a few of your fingers. Then slip it off and fold it in half and start spinning the yarn around itself.
Then eventually you’ll end up with a perfect tennis-sized ball of yarn. Snip the yarn with scissors once you’re satisfied with the size and grab your yarn needle.
2. Use the yarn needle to secure the end. To make sure your ball of yarn isn’t going to unravel in the dryer, feed your yarn through the end of a yarn needle and poke it through the ball of yarn. You will probably have to do this more than once, until the end of yarn is left somewhere in the middle of the ball.
3. Place the balls in the pantyhose and secure with knots. One piece of advice on this is to scrunch the pantyhose until you’re at the end before putting the ball in. If you put the ball in and slide it all the way down, it could start to unravel your ball. Tie a knot in between each ball to secure.
4. Toss it in the wash. Yes the wash, we’re not done yet. You’ll want to put the balls through several loads in the washer to felt the wool. I put mine though about 5-6 loads before taking them out of the pantyhose.
5. Add your favorite essential oil. Once you’ve washed your dryer balls in the pantyhose several times, you can take them out and add a few drops of your favorite essential oils. I like to use Lavender, Grapefruit, or Lemon for a fresh scent!
Just a side note, more isn’t necessarily more when it comes to essential oils on your wool dryer balls. The scent will only last one or two loads regardless of if you use 2 drops per ball or 6.
Essential oils can be pricey, so if you want your dryer balls to have a fresh scent all the time, I would suggest buying a cheaper brand of essential oils like Now, which you can buy on amazon.
That’s all there is to this tutorial, once your dryer balls have been through the wash several times you can throw them in the dryer where they will live for many, many loads!
Dryer Ball Maintenance
There isn’t much in the way of maintenance with these balls, but if you find they aren’t reducing the static as much over time, feel free to put them back in those pantyhose and through the wash a few times. This should help bring them back to life.
I would love to hear how this works for you! Are you ready to make the switch, or are you a dryer ball fanatic already?!
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- 1 ball of 100% Wool Yarn
- Pair of Pantyhose
- Yarn Needle
- 2-3 drops of Essential Oil per ball
- Roll the yarn into 4 tennis sized balls
- Poke the yarn needle through the ball to secure the end of the yarn
- Place the yarn balls into a leg of the pantyhose and tie a knot between each of them
- Wash with clothes in the washing machine about 5-6 times until the yarn becomes felted
- Add 2-3 drops of essential oils per ball to give the laundry a faint scent
- If you find the dryer balls start to become less effective on static, you can toss them back into the pantyhose and though the wash a few times, and that should help.
- The essential oils on the dryer balls will only be good for one or two loads of laundry, and only gives them a faint scent. I would recommend buying cheaper essential oils if you would like to maintain the smell as it could get a bit pricey.