How to make Eco-friendly 100% wool dryer balls

eco friendly wool dryer balls

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If you’re a Mom, you’re probably exceptionally good at laundry by now. You know what products to use and when. You’ve figured out stain removal techniques. You’ve mastered the art of exactly how much time you can let the wet laundry sit in the washer before it starts to smell.

You’re pretty confident in your laundry doing abilities. However, there’s a secret tool you may not have heard about:

A ball.

Okay, I’m kidding a bit here. Yes, a dryer ball is a ball, but it is so much more than that. Dryer balls can be made of rubber, too, but how much nicer looking is wool? Plus, with wool you can find local, organic, felted, scented dryer balls. Rubber can’t give you those things!

There are lots of great things about wool dryer balls:

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eco-friendly wool dryer balls

Are you convinced that you need these yet?

How to make 100% wool dryer balls

What you’ll need:

  • 16 oz. wool roving. Hit up your local wool store or find what you need on Etsy. Don’t worry about buying super expensive wool-merino is not necessary.
  • old stockings. Find these at the thrift store. Don’t use a nice pair-they will not survive
  • washing machine and dryer
  • scissors. Where did those kids put them?!

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Split the roving into 4 piles roughly the same size. You don’t need to be absolutely perfect on this. An approximate will do just fine.
  2. Wind the roving fairly tightly around 2 fingers a couple of times. Take wound wool off your fingers and continue to tightly wind the wool into a ball. It should be about 7” around.
  3. Grab your stocking and pack the ball in all the way to the end. Tie a knot nice and close to the ball, so as to create a casing.
  4. Repeat 3 more times.
  5. Put a couple towels in your washing machine and throw your unfelted dryer balls in with them. Put your machine settings to “Hot” and add detergent. You’ll want to run this cycle 2-3 times.
  6. Throw them in the dryer to dry along with the towels. Once they’re dry, cut them out of the stockings.
  7. If you like, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil onto the ball before you put them into the dryer. It’ll make your clothes smell lovely! Be careful with materials like satin or linen-essential oils may stain the fabric.

Voila! There you have it!

Now you have something to admire while you hide in the laundry room sneaking your chocolate ice cream. Nice job, Mom!!

 

 

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