homemade dryer balls

When I was about 10 years old my mom refused to do my laundry anymore because I was always leaving my clothes inside out when I put them in the dirty laundry basket.  She asked me to leave them right side out multiple times and then started saying she would stop doing my laundry if I didn’t.  I must have thought it was an empty threat because I kept leaving my clothes inside out. But then she took me to the laundry room, showed me how to use the machine and said I was on my own now.   At first I hated washing my own clothes.  But eventually I learned to like it, especially when I was able to buy my own laundry soap and dryer sheets.

While I was in college I learned about some of the dangers of dryer sheets.  Since then I have been dryer sheet (and fabric softener) free!  Yeah, my clothes get static cling.  Sometimes when I take them out of the dryer I get a little shock…but it’s okay.  We hang our laundry on the clothes line from April-September, so that gets rid of static naturally.  But now that it is colder out I have to use the dryer for most of our clothes, which means they get static-y.  My mother-in-law got me a dryer ball made of wool that is supposed to help reduce static cling, but honestly, it doesn’t work very well.  I came across this pin for making wool dryer balls at home, so I thought it was worth a try, especially since I have a ton of extra wool!

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Making the balls is really easy and quick.  All you need to make them is some wool (pure wool is recommended and can be found at craft or local yarn stores).  Start by simply wrapping a strand of wool around your fingers about 10 times.  Then slide it off and continue to wrap the wool around the center of the bundle, about 10 more times.

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Continue to wrap the wool in different directions, about 10 times before changing direction.

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There is no art to it and it will take a bit before it starts to look like a ball.

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Once you are satisfied with the shape and size of your wool ball you can snip the wool and tie the loose end up.

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Then you will want to place the wool ball in an old pair of pantyhose or a thin sock.  Tie it up tightly and wash the wool ball (in the sock) with a load of laundry.  Then put it in the dryer with the clothes so the wool felts together (which just means it gets matted down and kind of smooth).  Repeat the washing and drying a few times to ensure the ball gets felted thoroughly.  DO NOT just throw the ball in the washer without putting it in a sock.  I’m telling you now, it will unravel and you will be left with a big mess…but it’s not like I did that or something.  I’m just, uh…guessing that’s what will happen!

On the left is the store bought dryer ball and mine is on the right.  I have yet to use my DIY version, but I will tonight and will post an update on Facebook. 

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If these dryer balls work well, you can bet I’ll be making a ton more!  Would you try this easy DIY project?

About Christina

20-something; rural dwelling; wife to David; homeowner; pretty good cook; wearer of skirts; friend to all cats.

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