Is it possible to reduce wrinkles, make laundry softer AND save electricity by cutting down on clothes drying time … without using a liquid fabric softener or dryer sheet?
Yes. And it all comes down to simple handmade balls made of felted wool.
Instead of plastic dryer balls that leave a residue and odor, wool dyer balls are all natural. And they are very easy to make. As a woman’s who is pretty devoid of crafting talent, even I could make them in about a half an hour.
All you need is wool yarn, wool roving (only if you choose), some socks, a washer and a dryer. Here’s the step-by-step process:
Wind 100 percent wool yarn around your pointer finger and thumb about twenty times. Slip the yarn off your fingers and continue to wind yarn around this to make a yarn ball that’s a little smaller than a golf ball.
If you only have wool yarn, continue to wind the wool yarn around the ball until it’s the size of a tennis ball. If you have wool roving, tightly wrap it around the yarn ball until it’s the size of a tennis ball or softball.
Wondering what in the heck wool roving is? It’s wool that’s been washed, combed, and carded and is ready to be spun into yarn.
Once you’ve got several wool balls wound and packed tightly, put them in an old sock. I used old, stretched out pantyhose for mine, but by the time I finished the felting process, the wool fibers fused to the pantyhose and I now have felted wool/pantyhose dryer balls. I warned you I was devoid of crafting talent!
Anyway. Tuck your wool dryer balls into socks or pantyhose. Tie a knot tightly in the sock so your wool ball stays in the shape of a ball.
Stick your socks/pantyhose full of dryer balls into your washing machine. To conserve electricity and water, put a load of laundry in with the balls. Wash with HOT water. After the wash cycle is over, put the dryer balls in the dryer and dry on high. Repeat the hot washing and drying process.
Untie the knotted sock or pantyhose. Or, if the knot’s too tight and your socks and pantyhose are old, cut the dryer balls out. Voila! Felted wool dryer balls.
Whenever you’re drying clothes, pop your wool dryer balls in with your wash. They’ll bounce around and soften your fabric while cutting down on drying time.
Do you already use wool dryer balls? Are you pleased with how they work? If you choose to make your own, please leave a comment telling me how your process worked. (Am I the only one to have pantyhose fuse onto their dryer balls?)
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