Would you like to never have to purchase dryer sheets again?? We stopped using them quite a while ago because of the chemicals & artificial ingredients they contain. Occasionally I put white vinegar in the rinse bin of the washer as a softener, but I've even cut back on that, since we started using these dryer balls.
These cute little woolies are a natural fabric softener, wrinkle reducer, static eliminator, AND drying time cutter! Also, if you add a few drops of essential oil (100% pure therapeutic EO) to 1 or 2 of the balls, it adds a beautiful fresh scent. The nice thing is, you can switch between various scents & have each batch coming out smelling different, if you like! And if you have germs (or mold) on towels/sheets, etc that need sanitizing... you can use an antibacterial, antiviral, or anti-fungal essential oil to kill it!
You can make as many as you want. I made 4, & I usually use 2-3 balls at a time depending on the size of the load. Make a few extra if you like, for cute gifts or to save for future use! From what I understand, these will last up to 5 years - Talk about cheap!
If you look at the last photo on the right, you can see all of the little fibers sticking out everywhere from the static it picked up!
So here's what you do:
1 - Either cut up a 100% wool sweater or blanket... OR get yourself some 100% wool felt, yarn, or roving from a craft store like Michaels or Hobby Lobby. ((The nice thing about the roving, is that it's already in those cute little wound up colorful strips as in the first photo. And it's already somewhat felted. So you can either unwind it & roll it into your own ball, or you can leave it as is & see the multi-colors in the middle! I did both!))
2 - Cut into strips & roll into a tight ball about the size of a tennis ball (big enough to fit in your whole hand like the 2nd photo above).
3 - Slide each ball down into a panty "hoe" & tie a knot in between each ball to keep it separate from the other balls. (Think sausage!) - Once you're done, tie a final knot at the top to secure.
4 - Throw them in with a load of laundry (or by themselves... it doesn't matter which). Make sure you wash in HOT water.
5 - Then dry on HOT heat (with or without a load of clothes).
6 - When they feel completely dry, pull them out & cut them from the panty hose.
Voila! Adorable soft little wool dryer balls, ready to use!!!
A friend of mine made some a few years ago & said they didn't work very well for her. But I have had GREAT success with them. The only thing I haven't liked so far is a load of fuzzy blankets that I washed just yesterday. There was so much static in them that it didn't make a difference to use the balls. BUT, I only used 2. If I had used all 4, it might have worked great. All of our other loads have been perfect. Even my husband said he was noticing a difference in the static of his work clothes. He works for UPS, & that brown uniform fabric is the static-iest stuff I've ever seen in my life!
I'm going to get more roving in all the different colors, so that I can make a bunch of them for myself, my relatives, & my friends. I LOVE these things!!! (I may post a video tutorial when I make the new ones)