So it is a new year and with that brings a lot of new beginnings. If you read my post on 5 Steps To Setting Goals you will have heard me talk about my goal to reduce my sugar intake this year. This is a step in the direction of better health for me. I have always had a sugar problem and hope that by reducing my sugar I will increase my energy and just feel overall healthier. Of course I know that there is more involved than just reducing my sugar but this is the first step.
With this idea of a healthier attitude I have also been doing a lot of research over the last few months regarding chemicals in our environment. Specifically our homes.
It is kind of gross and scary what is allowed in so many of our basic household products. I’m not saying that I was naive to this my whole life or anything. It is just over the last year I have had some things happen that have really made me want to look into healthier options.
With that I have started with my laundry. The chemicals used in your laundry are ones that come in direct contact with your skin on a daily basis and are absorbed into your system. Blech!!
My first step, since I ran out of fabric softener anyway, is to not buy any more and find an alternative that works.
Homemade Wool Dryer Balls
Since I love to make things and I have heard great reviews on wool dryer balls I decided that this would be my first experiment in removing fabric softener from our lives.
These turned out to be so easy to make and the fun part is that you can scent them any way you want using essential oils.
I have seen that a lot of people like to use lavender oil for their balls (dryer that is) but I’m not sure my family would like it so I am using grapefruit essential oil. Mmm.
I have been doing a lot of research into essential oils and have been starting to slowly use them around the house. You can get so many kinds and blends that you are sure to find one that you like.
Why Homemade Dryer Balls?
- They are eco friendly – good for the enviroment
- They are natural with no chemicals – good news for your health
- They shorten your drying time – saves on energy
- They soften and fluff your fabric – excellent, because who wants crappy, crunchy clothes!
How To Make Homemade Dryer Balls
I will give you a quick run down of how I made my homemade dryer balls and then once you have yours done be sure to scent them with the oil of your choosing.
- Start with a skein of 100% wool – That way it will felt nicely.
- Wrap it around your fingers approx. 15-20 times.
- Remove it and wrap it around the middle about 15 – 20 times.
- Fold the ends together and start to roll.
- Keep rolling until you have a good size ball.
- Grab an old pair of nylons and drop them down to the toe and tie them off.
- Be sure to tie tightly between each one and don’t use the wool that you used for the balls as it will felt together and you will need to cut them out.
- Throw them into your laundry on the hottest wash possible. (I happened to be doing some sheets at the time so I popped them in with that load.)
- Once they are done throw them into the dryer on the hottest setting possible.
Once you pull them out of the dryer you will notice that they are felted together. You can run it through again or just leave them for your next load of laundry. They should not unravel at this point.
I only have three pictured here but you will more than likely want about 6 of them.
Tips for using homemade Dryer Balls
- These do last a long time – depending on how often you do laundry they should give you up to 1000 loads or 3 – 5 years!
- You may need about six on hand. Depending on the size of your load will depend on how many you need in there. I throw them all in all the time.
- Also they do like to have room to move around. Don’t cram your dryer full and expect them to work their magic. Just like us they like their space to move freely.
- Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to the balls and let it soak in for a while. They will add a subtle scent to your laundry.
- If you feel like you are still getting some static even using them you can add a little vinegar to your wash rinse cycle or pin a small safety pin to a couple of the balls.
If you have gone through the tutorial and feel like… hey, you know what? I really love those but don’t want to make my own… fair enough.
I have included some affiliate links to both wool dryer balls and some essential oils you may like to try with them.
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And seriously just check out these super cute dryer balls with sheep on them.
Eek they are so stinkin’ cute! Even though I made my own I may need to get these also. You can never have too many balls… right? And what a great hostess or house warming gift!
Hint, hint to all my friends for when I move.
I hope you enjoy your balls as much as I enjoy mine whether you made them or bought them.
Let me know in the comments below if you have tried them and what you think.
Until next time!