Unfortunately laundry is a necessary evil. When I first saw dryer balls and realized I could possibly never buy a dryer sheet again I thought I’d give them a try! The key to DIY dryer balls is the wool. You cannot skimp out on wool if you really want these to work. I tried!
What you need for dryer balls
- Wool yarn (must be 100% wool!)
- Crochet hook (optional)
You’ll start by rolling the yarn into a ball. If you have never done this, start by wrapping the yarn around your fingers about 10 times.
Pull the yarn off your fingers and wrap the yarn perpendicularly across the previously wrapped yarn.
Then continue around wrapping the yarn routinely tuning the ball so it doesn’t turn into an egg shape.
Once it’s about the size of a tennis ball, pull the end through the ball.
Ok it is at this point you will see the yarn change. This yarn pictured above claimed it was 100% wool. It was not. I panicked because I took all these beautiful pictures and the wool WOULD NOT felt! When I met the wonderful people from Wool and the Gang I had to ask if their wool would really felt. I wanted those dang dryer balls! Well keep reading to see what I learned…
How gorgeous is this wool? It’s ok you can pause here to gaze at how soft it looks. (It feels just as soft. It’s like clouds.)
Put each ball in the nylon tying them off. Place it in the dryer about 3-4 loads. I just left them in the dryer while I was doing my other laundry for about a week.
Because I used quality wool, it turned out exactly like I dreamed. I use these on every load of laundry. They speed up your drying time, thus saving you a ton of money. I used to put my clothes through the dry cycle twice to get them dry, now I don’t have to do that. I also don’t need dryer sheets anymore, so even more money saved! Plus it was a fun little project while I watched a movie!
I received free product from Wool and the Gang to complete this tutorial. All opinions are 100% my own.
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