Updated: Apr 13
Introduction: Are you looking for an economical, natural, and eco-friendly solution to your laundry needs? If so, consider making your own dryer balls. DIY dryer balls are a great way to reduce your environmental impact and save money on costly laundry aids. In this blog post, you’ll learn about the benefits of using dryer balls and how to make them yourself. Get ready to start your journey to a more economical, natural, and eco-friendly laundry routine!
1) What are Dryer Balls and What Are Their Benefits?
Naturally softens clothing
No chemicals like dryer sheets
Shortens drying time: therfore saves money
If you want a fragrance--sprinkle a couple of drops of essential oil onto the ball
Use them over and over.
2) Essential Materials for DIY Dryer Balls
Wool Yarn is an ideal choice for felting, but not just any yarn will do. Before purchasing, keep in mind that Superwash wool, while convenient and safe to wash, won't felt. This is because Superwash yarns have been specially treated to resist felting. So, when selecting wool for your felting project, always double check to make sure it won't have been treated with the Superwash process. Doing so guarantees a successful felting result that meets your expectations!
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The picture shown above is two of these adorable fingerling weight wool using a ball winder.
If you prefer no color or want to dye up your own these are some great options.
Bare Alla Prima--chuncky will roll up fast into a ball--Link here
Bare Alpaca-Merino Boucle might be fun to try. Link here
Bare Wool of the Andes it's the one I use--felts beautifully--Link here
A yarn swift and ball winder are must-have tools, revolutionizing the winding of your yarn into tidy balls. With the swift and winder, you can quickly and easily wind your yarn into balls of the exact size you desire - typically 8"” in diameter, though you can make the balls as large or small as you wish.
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A yarn swift is a must when working with hanks. It will make your life easier.
3) How to Make Your Own Dryer Balls
After some trial and error, I figured out the perfect way to craft my own dryer balls. Using a cake ball winder, I created small, tightly wound balls.
To keep them from unraveling, I used 5" x 7 " organza bag secured them with a piece of twine. You can reuse the organza bag for next time.