Wool dryer balls are the perfect eco-friendly alternative to dryer sheets and liquid softeners. Did you know that you can make them yourself at home in a few simple steps, too? If you’re wondering if wool dryer balls really work, they do and they have many benefits: they decrease drying time, there are no chemicals in them, you’ll never have to buy dryer sheets again and they will significantly reduce static. Get ready to make them in a few simple steps…
- 100% wool roving
- Wool yarn in different colours
- Nylon tights
- Wool needle or crochet hook
Step One: Make the Base of Your Balls
Using the wool roving as the base, create a few mini balls (the size of a golf ball or bigger).
Step Two: Wrap the Wool Roving With Yarn
After you have a few balls of wool roving ready, you can wrap each of them with wool yarn until you form a big ball. Wrap tightly until the ball is the desired size.
Step Three: Secure the Balls
Using a crochet hook, tuck the end of the thread under several layers of yarn and cut the end.
Step Four: Put the Wool Balls Into an Old Nylon
You’ll need an old pair of nylon tights for this step. Grab your wool balls and put them into the end of the nylons, then tie tightly with a string and repeat with the next ball.
Step Five: Finish Your Wool Ball Nylon Caterpillar & Wash
You can add as many balls as you need into your nylon, making sure you tie them tightly. As soon as you finish adding all the balls, you can cut the nylon end. Throw your stuffed nylon into your next wash and wash them in a hot water cycle. Dry them in the hottest dryer setting and repeat this process three to four times.
Step Six: Remove the Balls From the Nylon
Remove the wool balls from the nylon and they’ll be ready to use in your next dryer load. Just throw these colourful balls in the dryer with your freshly washed clothes and let them do their magic.
You did it! Your dryer will be so happy to welcome this fantastic eco-friendly idea.
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