I have seen these Felted Wool Dryer Balls on Pintrest a number of times. They seem to be tried and tested enough to know that they really do work in place of buying dryer sheets.
I have a confession to make…
I have never actually purchased dryer sheets.
At least I don’t remember buying any, perhaps I did way back when.
Before I realized how bad they are for you.
Part of our quest to live an organic and chemical free lifestyle is to review each and every item that comes into our home.
Is it really necessary?
Is it full of chemicals?
Why do we need it?
Is there another alternative?
You would be amazed how your perspective changes after a while.
There are many things that most families purchase that are considered “essentials” , that we simple don’t buy. One of them is dryer sheets.
The skin is the largest organ in the body, so they say.
Why do we perfume and chemically dose our laundry that goes next to our skin?
It doesn’t make sense to me.
We absorb so much of what we come in contact with in our environment, we don’t even realize it.
When our son was young and struggling with ADD, ADHD, allergies and learning disorders and a bunch of other things, I remember reading about how many environmental chemicals are absorbed by small children.
Children are so much more sensitive to things than adults. If chemicals in our environment bother us, just think so much more it must bother them.
I immediately began seeking chemical free alternatives, and have never looked back.
That’s my soap box for today: the less chemicals you have in your home the better.
If you absolutely love these organic, beautiful Felted Wool Dryer Balls, then read on!
To make the balls you will need:
one skein of 100% wool roving yarn
essential oil of your choice
a couple of old socks and rubber bands
(Note: You must use 100% wool for this project or it won’t work. Also beware of light colored roving, it may be bleached and will not felt properly.)
Wind the yarn into balls of desired size. Use a large needle to thread the loose end of yarn back through the ball to secure it and cut off any excess.
The balls don’t need to be all that huge, I would say the maximum size should be that of a tennis ball.
I used one skein to make 4 balls, one is a bit smaller than the others, but I like the variety in size.
After you make the balls, tie them up in an old sock and secure the end closed with a rubber band.
(I knew that big basket of single socks would come in handy some day!)
The balls are then ready to be felted.
Throw the sock into the laundry with your regular wash on the hot water cycle.
It is helpful to have a full load, more agitation is better for felting.
Don’t forget the soap! It helps in the felting process as well.
When the wash is finished, throw them into the dryer on the hot setting along with your wash, until dry.
When the load is finished, remove the balls from the sock and admire your felted balls.
Isn’t this the easiest thing ever?
All that is left is to add essential oil to your balls for fragrance.
I chose lavender oil, but you could use lemon, cinnamon, orange or grapefruit oils.
To use, place the balls in the dryer with your damp laundry.
The heat of the dryer during the dry cycle will release the oils into your clothes and they will smell wonderful. You may add more essential oils to the balls if needed as time goes on.
Wool is an anti-static and is excellent for absorbing extra moisture and odors inside the dryer.
It is priceless organic alternative to the chemically laden dryer sheets.
I am going to make a bunch of them to give as Christmas presents.
What sort of organic things do you use in your home?