We have been wanting to make wool dryer balls for several months since we know we can use our Young Living Essential Oils with them. These are very inexpensive and easy to make. These wool dryer balls rank as high as our Bedtime Rub or our Lavender Sugar Hand Scrub. Check out all of our essential oil make & take items. I had done much research online about them, and they cut drying time by 30-50% which means a decrease in your electrical bill as well. Also, you eliminate the chemicals from dryer sheets and liquid softener from coming into contact with your skin (not to mention the fact that you no longer have to purchase those items as well). They also reduce static electricity, and they are fragrance-free. If you have to use one, check our out DIY Liquid Softener.
In our local area we have make & take classes for our essential oils twice a month, and this is going to be our next make & take, so I thought I would blog the process for our readers as well. These cost me approximately $11 to make, and this made me (4) small softball size balls.
How to Make Your Own Wool Dryer Balls
The first step is to purchase your wool yarn. It is very important that you use 100% wool that does not say “machine washable” or “super wash” because it will not felt. I purchased two skeins of this Patrons 100% wool yarn on sale at a local sewing store for about $5.50 each. Two skeins made me a total of four baseball sized balls.
Once I got home I gathered my supplies and nestled into my recliner with my comfy robe and blankets while the baby took a nap. You start by wrapping the yarn around your two fingers as shown below.
Once you’ve completed this step, pull them off your fingers and pinch in the middle, and wrap the yarn around the middle of where you pinched. It looks similar to a bow. I just crumpled the bow together as best as possible into a ball shape and started wrapping around the yarn over and over, and I started forming it into a ball.
It took me approximately twenty minutes to wrap each ball, for a total of one hour and twenty minutes for all four of the balls. Once the balls are finished, it is essential that you use a crochet hook or a large, blunt end plastic needle to secure the wool tail several layers through the ball and in several directions. This prevents the balls from unraveling once they are felted.
The next step is the wrap the balls in an old pair of nylons and wash with several large towels. The cycle must be a hot then cold cycle to complete the felting process. You can see that I created a train of balls below. You must also make sure that the wool balls are not touching each other in the nylons so that they do not felt to each other.
Once the dryer balls have felted in the hot (then cold) wash cycle, they are ready for use. Place 1-2 drops of essential oils on each ball and toss in with your wet clothes in the dryer. I personally love to use lavender or orange on my dryer balls.
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