Do you have a less than amazingly efficient dryer system?
Me me!! Sadly, I fall into this camp. My husband and i have a stacking system as this is all our tiny space will fit. Well, do yourself and the environment a favor by making some dryer balls! Believe it or not, they actually REDUCE dry time! Plus you can spray them with essential oils and infuse your clothes with a lovely sent!
They decrease drying time! As they bounce around, the separate your clothes and allow air to circulate.
They’re chemical free alternatives to putting tennis balls in your dryer! (Yes, people actually do that haha)
They increase fluffiness & reduce static in your clothes
They can infuse your clothes with smell good essential oils- a GREAT alternative to single use, chemical infused dryer sheets!
You can make dryer balls with nothing but wool yarn. However, to make my wool yarn go farther and to get more bang for my buck, my directions involve cutting up an old, thrift store wool sweater. This allowed me to spend $12 on 3 large dryer balls vs $30 on 3 small.
skien of 100% wool yarn (choose one not labeled “super wash” or “machine washable”
a 100% wool sweater from a thrift store. (Preferably an ugly one so you don’t feel bad cutting it up! haha!)
pieces of yarn or twine
Cut your wool sweater into long, thin rectangles. Mine are about 3x8.
Create a ball with the wool strips.
Bind the wool ball with the wool yarn. Twist it around tightly to completely cover the ball several times. Tie it off on itself.
To felt the ball, put it in a pantyhose leg. Tie it off the ends with the piece of yarn.
Wash the balls(s) with a load of laundry on HOT. Then dry them on the highest setting you have. Do this twice- or until the ball is completely felted.
Now, they’re ready to roll!! (literally) Add a few drops of essential oils on them before drying your clothes to add fragrance to your clothes.
These babies will last your for years! 100+ loads!