What are these silly little balls so many people keep referring to? Wool dryer balls are a great alternative to dryer sheets and will reduce your drying time. Go green and start using wool dryer balls. Wool dryer balls have the advantage of reducing static and absorbing excess moisture. This reduces the need for dryer sheets, and if essential oils are used in the crafting process, clothing will come out of the laundry smelling pleasantly. The process of felting, or fulling, is taking non-machine-washable fiber and using hot, soapy water, as well as agitation, to make the fibers lock together. Unlike other fibers, wool can absorb up to 30 percent of its own weight in water, making it a viable choice to use for a dryer ball.
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Things You’ll Need:
- Wool Yarn and/or Wool Roving
- Panty Hose
Instructions for 3-6 Wool Dryer Balls
- Separate the roving into sections. Take one section and loop it around your fingertips. Tie the loop into a loose knot, being careful not to pull the fibers too much.
- Wrap the tail ends of the roving around your loop and knot base, so it loosely resembles a sphere.
- Continue wrapping until the ball is about the size of a tennis ball.
- Place the ball into the nylon stocking. Tie the top of the nylon stocking just above the ball with a piece of cotton or synthetic string.
- Use hot water and plenty of laundry detergent, and wash the nylon stocking that contains the roving ball. If using a washing machine, throw apair of jeans into the machine as well, to help agitate the stocking. If washing by hand in a sink, vigorously knead the ball for approximately 1 hour. Take frequent breaks if felting by hand instead of machine.
- Remove the pantyhose from the water, and place into the dryer. Use a high heat setting. Dry your pair of jeans at the same time. The ball inside of the stockings will shrink considerably.
- Wrap more roving around the now-felted ball, and repeat the felting process until the finished felted object is the size of a tennis ball or larger. 8 – Rub a few drops of essential oil onto the finished dryer ball to eliminate the need for scented dryer sheets when doing laundry.
Tips & Tricks:
- Add at least 3 wool dryer balls to your dryer to reduce drying time, soften clothes, reduce wrinkles, and eliminate the need for dryer sheets.
- The more dryer balls you use the better results you will see.
- During winter months when air static is high because of low air pressure you may need to add more balls or use vinegar to soften clothes. Likewise for larger or heavy loads, you will need to use more balls to see results.
- Over time dryer balls may accumulate extra fuzz and lint. Use a sweater shave or scissors to remove the excess fuzz.
- Dryer balls will last indefinitely and may be washed and dried to preserve freshness.
- If you would like to add scent to your dryer balls, simply rub your favorite essential oil into your ball. Over time you may need to repeat the process.
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