Dryer balls are a great eco-friendly swap for traditional disposable dryer sheets. But they can run a tad bit expensive. Making your own is not only less expensive but also a lot easier than you may think!
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DIY Dryer Balls:
What you’ll need:
- 100% wool
- A sock
- Some time
- Start by wrapping the yarn around three fingers about 10 times.
- Slip your fingers out and wrap the yarn around the middle another 10 times.
- Once the middle is secure, just keep wrapping the yarn around and around each way until you start to form a ball. This can take a bit of time so put on your favourite show or music and settle in.
- Once your ball is at the size you want, you’ll need to tuck the loose end in under a few different layers. You can use a crochet hook if you have one to make sure it’s in deep.
- When they’re done, place each ball into a separate sock (or pantyhose) and tie it off. You’ll then need to wash them in your washing machine and dry them in your dryer a few times in order to “felt” them. Make sure to do this with some actual loads of laundry so you don’t waste water/energy. I put mine through the wash and dryer three times.
- The balls will shrink a little but that’s totally normal. After they look “felted” (see pictures) they’re done!
- Now they can be used to reduce waste in the laundry room!
These are meant to be used in the dryer to reduce static and to replace traditional dryer sheets. For a scent boost, you can add a few drops of essential oil to each ball. I have found that two of the balls are enough for an average-sized load.
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