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