March 22, 2014
My Zumba instructor was holding an event to make dryer balls and I already had plans. Curious, I looked them up and decided to make some of my own. I have sensitive skin and was using Mrs. Meyers lavender dryer sheets before, but not I'm going to be using dryer balls that I made. It takes about an hour and a half to make 6 medium sized wool dryer balls, without adding in the time to add them to the wash and dry cycles so they are felted.
What you need:
Large skein of 100% wool yarn. (No synthetics or blends) Roving yarn works best if you can find it.
Old or new nylon hosiery. (I bought some knee highs at a discount store)
Thread or yarn that won't felt or melt
First, start making a ball in your hands with your wool yarn. Keep going until you get a ball thats about 3.5-4" wide, about the size of a tennis ball.
Put your balls inside the hosiery and knot in between balls or tie with the yarn/thread.
Place your balls in with laundry on the hot wash/cold rinse cycle and then dry on regular heat with your laundry to felt them. (eave them in the hosiery during the wash and dry cycle.)
If your wool balls are still damp, let them dry and then use scissors to cut the knots or thread and they will be slightly larger and fluffier. You can add a quality essential oil (I bought doTerra oils) to use for fragrance. Only use a high-quality oil or it will stain your clothes.
I split my dryer balls up with my mother, but you can keep them all to get your laundry to dry more quickly. The balls should last about 6 months and add oil to fragrance as needed.
If you lack the skills or time to make these, you can buy some on Etsy. http://www.etsy.com/search?q=dryer%20balls&ship_to=US