Written by Renee Reiter
A few years ago I was given a set of plastic dryer balls with little spikes all over them to put in the dryer. Admittedly, I knew nothing about them and just started throwing them in the dryer along with the normal process which included a fabric freshener sheet; which I now know is not needed. I eventually lost one of the balls and worrying about it was pretty low on my priority list.
That is until one night when I sat down with a glass of wine (problem number one) and settled into Pinterest to pin some fun aroma oil uses when I stumbled upon a post by One Good Thing Blog on how to make your own scented wool dryer balls. I was excited to see that using 4+ balls cuts the dryer time almost in half and you don’t need to buy or add any softeners.
I am not certain if the kind of wool that is used matters; I think the important part is that it’s 100% wool but I have seen some posts that say different. I can tell you mine came out fine.
To start the ball I wrapped the string around my fingers 20 times and then slipped it off my hand and wrapped the string around the middle of that (it kind of looked like a bow). Then I pinched those two ends together and wrapped around the middle of that to start creating the ball.
I just kept wrapping until I had used about half of the skein and I got two balls out of each skein. I wrapped them tight and when I was done I tucked the loose edge under some other pieces. My fingers were already killing me by the second one and did I mention I made 6! Ouch! I decided to make 6 total since “the internet” told me I would need at least 4 for a small load and 6 for a large load. I felt like I went pretty fast yet it still took me about 45 min to make each ball. I just did it in front of the TV and I actually found it really great for my anxiety and nervous energy…when I wasn’t busy cursing my fingers that is 🙂
Next was something completely new and foreign to me called the “felting” process. It meant I got to make this cool pantyhose snake so I was down haha.
I used one knee high pantyhose and put the first ball into the toe of the pantyhose and secure it there with a piece of yarn. The post I used warned to NOT use wool yarn, as you don’t want this to felt. I just do what I am told so I used yarn 🙂 Then toss the pantyhose “snake” into the washer on the hottest water temp setting and then into the dryer on the highest heat setting. Apparently the more heat you use the faster the felting process will go.
All but one of them came out of the process okay. This little guy had a pretty big chunk that was loose so I just wrapped it some more and did the felting process again.
ps I am already seeing a HUGE difference in the time it takes for my clothes to dry!
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– Sincerely Renee & Jessica