DIY Wool Dryer Balls – So Easy Being Green

DIY Wool Dryer Balls - So Easy Being Green

With the blessing of long lives, you have come to realize lessening the number of chemicals used in your household may make for higher quality senior years. At the least, it will keep your children healthy and less toxic. Household chores remain repetitive, so chemicals can build up over time. A trend of finding natural ways to accomplish the same goal has appeared when cleaning clothes called wool dryer balls. You take organic wool balls and toss in the dryer.

Using Organic Wool Balls

Dryer sheets have become popular but when you take a closer look at the chemical list something bothers you. You buy some wool balls to pop into the dryer the next load. Your wool balls have no chemicals added. You can add drops of essential natural oils like lemon, cinnamon, or mint to the wool ball. Organic wool balls bounce around in between clothes separating the garments. The bouncing action removes wrinkles, makes clothes soft to touch, and has the bonus of saving a bit on your utility bill. Organic wool balls pull moisture from the garments, so the dryer does not run as long.

Other Benefits

An array of benefits happens when you trade dryer sheets for wool balls. Your household budget gets a bit of breathing room as well.

  • Wool balls have antimicrobial and antibacterial properties
  • Wool balls inhibit mold and mildew growth alone but adding essential oils increases this trait
  • Wool balls last for years saving money and time
  • Wool balls reduce static cling
  • Wool balls remain eco-friendly and fire retardant


DIY Wool Dryer Balls - So Easy Being Green

Make Your Own Wool Dryer Balls

Several ways exist to make wool dryer balls. If you believe in reduce, reuse, and recycle then go through your closet or look at a local second-hand clothing store for a wool sweater. Unravel the thread of it and wind into a ball that fits well into the palm of your hand. You will need four to six wool dryer balls for large loads of clothes.

Go to a local store that sells yarn or purchase online. Find yarn labeled 100% wool but does not have a label of “super-wash” or “machine washable”. You might consider choosing a colorful yarn, so the balls become easy to find among the clothes. Wrap the wool yarn to start with around two fingers. Pull off the fingers then wrap the bundle of yarn just made with the wool yarn cross-ways creating a bow-tie effect. After some rounds of yarn wrapping cross-ways, begin to wrap the yarn around in the diagonal directions over and over again until you have a small ball.

Most people prefer softball sized. To finish take a yarn needle or crochet hook and tuck the loose thread deep into the ball. Some people prefer to sew a stitch or two, so the ball will not unravel. Others string several balls together into animal shapes such as caterpillars, dogs, and cats. It’s your ball secure it any way you like. Now blissful non-toxic drying becomes the norm in your household.