DIY Lavender Scented Wool Dryer Balls

I’ve wanted to make myself some wool dryer balls for some time now, and with the baby on the way, I thought this would be the perfect time to start using them in our home.  What are wool dryer balls you ask?  Dryer balls are an eco-friendly, non-toxic alternative to dryer sheets.  They leave your clothes soft and static-free while cutting down on drying time, which saves time and energy.  What’s not to love?!  We have some pretty sensitive skin in our house as well, and I hoped this would reduce the amount of chemicals we are putting our skin in contact with.

These wool dryer balls were so easy to make and they only took about 1 1/2 hours from start to finish – about 20 minutes to roll and another hour and a half to wash and dry the balls.  Here’s how I did it.

SUPPLIES

  • 100% wool yarn (I used 1 skein and it made 4 tennis ball sized balls)
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Nylons or stockings
  • Washer and dryer

STEP-BY-STEP

  • Wrap yarn around three fingers 15 to 20 times and slip off your fingers.  Continue wrapping the yarn around itself until your ball is about 1/2 the size of a tennis ball (appx. 2 inches diameter).  Do NOT cut the yarn.
  • Drop 6 to 8 drops of oil on the ball.
  • Continue wrapping yarn around the ball until it is about the size of a tennis ball.  Tuck in the end of yarn.
  • Stick the balls into a nylon stocking, tying in between the balls and at the end of the stocking.
  • Wash in hot water (I washed them with a load of towels) and dry on high setting (again with the towels).
  • Cut balls out of the stocking and you’re finished!

We’ve only just started using these in place of our dryer sheets, so I can’t tell quite yet how they compare. But I will say the smell coming from my laundry room is heavenly.  
Will you give it a try or have you already made the switch?  If you use dryer balls, let me know what you think.