Eliminate chemicals, speed up drying time and keep your laundry smelling fresh with these DIY Dryer Balls. Easy to make Wool Dryer Balls with Essential Oils are an effective alternative to harsh chemicals.
We do our best to eat natural and organic, but sometimes keeping a green home feels overwhelming.
With tween boys who love to be outside, keeping our laundry soft and fresh minus the chemicals can be a big challenge.
Great smelling laundry is important to me, but I just can’t get there when it comes to using conventional fabric softener and dryer sheets.
These days I skip both altogether, in favor of these DIY Dryer Balls.
They are a great natural alternative to fabric softener and dryer sheets. These DIY Dryer Balls with essential oils were so easy to make and can be reused over and over.
How Do the Dryer Balls Work?
- By creating space between clothing and preventing them from sticking together, DIY Dryer Balls help clothes to dry faster.
- They soften clothes without synthetic chemicals.
- When you add essential oils to your dryer balls, they help to keep your laundry smelling fresh.
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How Do You Make Wool Dryer Balls?
Here is what you will need!
DIY Dryer Balls with Essential Oils
- 100% Wool Yarn
- Essential Oils (I like Lavender Essential Oil or Orange Essential Oil. Seasonal Oils, like these Fall Blends are also nice.)
- Wrap the yarn around two fingers 15 times. Pinch the bundle in the center and pull it off of your fingers.
- Working in the other direction, wrap the yarn around the center of the bundle 15 times.
- Continue wrapping, alternating directions, until you have a ball the size of a tennis ball. Cut the end of the yarn and tuck the end under several layers of yarn.
- You may make multiple balls at the same time if you want.
- Place balls in a sock or old pair of pantyhose. Wash with other laundry on high heat and dry on the hottest setting. You want the balls to felt, to the point you can no longer separate individual
strings of yarn. You may need to wash and dry a second time. Or a third.
- To use, add 5 drops of essential oil to the ball and toss into the dry with wet laundry.
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Why Do You Use Wool Dryer Balls
You may be wondering what is the point of dryer balls. Here are the reasons why you should consider using them.
- Dryer balls offer the same benefits as commercial dryer sheets and fabric softeners, without the toxins.
- Most dryer sheets coat clothes with chemicals like acetone (also found in nail polish remover) and quaternary ammonium compounds.
- These toxins are not only harmful to your health, but they can also negatively impact fabrics. Towels and work-out clothing will be more absorbent without a chemical covering.
- Commercial laundry products may contain xenoestrogens which are endocrine disrupters. These synthetic chemical compounds mimic the hormone estrogen and can lead to estrogen dominance.
How Many Wool Dryer Balls Do You Need?
I have used up to six in a very large dryer. For most sized dryers I recommend using three DIY Dryer Balls.
If You Like These DIY Dryer Balls, You May Also Like:
- DIY Lavender Laundry Detergent
- Lemon Dryer Sheets
- DIY Lavender Fabric Softener Spray
- Produce Cleaning Spray