It’s time to ditch those dryer sheets!
Did you know? Of the 3-10 gallons of toxic household cleaning products found in the average home, the chemicals in dryer sheets and fabric softeners are considered to be among the worst for our health! And since we do a lot of laundry ( a LOT) there is no place for those synthetic fragrances and chemicals in my home. We have been dryer sheet free for almost 5 years.
I have to be honest. When we first tossed the dryer sheets I missed them. I missed the “clean” smell that they added to the freshly done laundry. I also missed how these chemicals made our clothing softer. We tossed the dryer sheets and fabric softener at the same time we added natural laundry detergent. Our clothes went from soft with a floral scent to stiff and, well, blah!
That was, until we started using wool dryer balls. Felted wool dryer balls replace dryer sheets and fabric softener all at once. By now you probably know my love for oils, so of course they have a place here too! By placing a drop or two of Lavender EO on the dryer ball, you gently infused your laundry with a beautiful, natural, scent.
So Why Use Wool Dryer Balls?
- They can cut your drying time in half.
- The more you use them, the more money you save.
- They are chemical-free, unlike dryer sheets.
- When infused with Essential Oils, they scent your laundry
- One set of dryer balls can last years
- They soften your clothes with the gentle friction of the felted wool fibers against your clothing
- They are safe to use with baby clothes and cloth diapers.
How To Make Wool Dryer Balls
What you Need
100% wool yarn ( I bought this, but when on sale from a local craft shop)
an old pair of nylon tights ( I didn’t own any so I got a pair for $1.25 from the dollar store)
lavender essential oil (I buy here)
* One pack of yarn will make approx. 2 medium-large dryer balls
1. Take your yarn and wrap it around your index finger about 10 times.
2. Carefully slide it off your finger and wrap the yard around your initial “clump”, making a knot or dog bone.
3. Continue wrapping your yarn into a tight ball.
4. Keep going! It’s worth it! Take a break if you need to 😉
So far it should look like….
5. Once your ball is about the size of a tennis ball you are done. Simply tuck the end of the yarn into the ball and set aside. Make three, to five more! Why? Because it’s best to have 4-6 dryer balls in your dryer. You can do it! 🙂
6. When you have all 4-6 dryer balls (I had 4), cut the leg off of one of your old pairs of nylons.
7. Shove a wool dryer ball to the toe of the nylon and tie a knot, tightly, right above it.
8. Place the next dryer ball up against the last and tie another knot.
9. Continue until all of your dryer balls are in the nylon and cut the remaining nylon after the last knot.
10. You are ready to felt that wool. Place the wool balls and nylon into the wash and run for a full cycle on the hottest session. Include soap. I ran the cycle with two towels in the wash as well.
11. Move the dryer balls (still in the nylon) into the dryer. Run the dryer on the highest heat until the wool balls are dry. Cut the nylon to remove and you are set!
12. Keep 4-6 balls in your dryer for every dry cycle and watch your dry time decrease!
**Want scented laundry?! Add a drop of pure lavender essential oil to half of the dryer balls. The scent usually lasts 2 or three loads of laundry. Adjust the number of drops based on your personal preference! Find out more about quality essential oils here and start buying your oils at 24% off retail!
Here are my boys, yet again “helping” their mama with work <3