How to Make Homemade Wool Dryer Balls DIY

Are you looking to save time and money?

Homemade wool dryer balls can do both.

These little wool balls can save drying time and you will never need to by dryer sheets again. You can DIY wool dryer balls with little or no skill involved. If you haven’t noticed by now, that is my type of project. Make two in the time it takes to watch a 30 minute show on TV.

Homemade Wool Dryer Balls

Homemade wool dryer balls in a bowl

Materials Needed for Homemade Wool Dryer Balls (6)

Yarn for Homemade wood dryer balls

3 skeins of 100% wool yarn (This is what I recommend. affiliate link)
Panty Hose
Essential oils (optional)

Directions How to Make Homemade Wool Dryer Balls DIY

Wrapping yarn for homemade wool dryer balls

1. Start by wrapping some wool yarn around your fingers about 10 times.

Making Ball for Homemade wool dryer balls

Then wrap the yarn in the other direction about 10 times.

Mini homemade wool dryer ball

Keep turning and wrapping and turning and wrapping. You get the idea. Do this until about half the skein of yarn is used or the ball is about the size of a tennis ball. Secure the end of the thread under a few of the threads. Nothing fancy is needed.

Homemade wool dryer balls in panty hose

2. Place each ball in an end of a panty hose and tie  a knot closely to the wool ball. When we went shoe shopping, I grabbed a couple of the trial socks. These will hold about 3 dryer balls. You will only need two.

3. Bring water to a boil in a pot, and place the balls in the hot water for about 10 minutes to soak. This breaks down the wool fiber so it can felt. Basically mat all together to form a solid wool ball.

4. Next wash a load of towels in hot water and throw the water and the balls tied together in the wash. Wash as you normally would a load of towels.

Homemade Wool Dryer Balls Pic

5. Once the wash is complete. Cut and remove the panty hose from the balls. Then throw them in the dryer for the final process. Dry as normal.

Do The Dryer Balls Really Work

Using about six balls per load is ideal. Normally I wash an entire load of blue jeans. In order for them to get completely dry, I have to dry them a full cycle plus 30 more minutes. By using the homemade wool dryer balls, 30 minutes of dry time is cut out.  This not only saves money since it doesn’t take as long to dry, but I can get more loads of laundry done in the day to save time. Wool dryer balls also prevent static cling in the dryer by allowing the clothes to move around and not get too dry to create static.

I love to add a few drops of essential oils to the dryer balls to scent my clothes. I love to use lavender and lemon oil for a clean fresh scent. No additional chemicals or anything else to buy ever. These would make a great house warming gift or Christmas gift idea. Keep your clothes clean with my Liquid Homemade Laundry Detergent or my Homemade Powder Laundry Soap. Also see these easy ways to keep clothes soft with homemade fabric softener or homemade crystal fabric softener.

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