DIY Wool Dryer Balls
Makes about 3 tennis ball size dryer balls
  • Skein of yarn
  • Old pantyhose
  • Knitting needle or some sort of pokey thing (like a cuticle pusher)
  1. Start at the end of a skein of 100% wool yarn. I prefer wool roving yarn, but as long as it's 100% wool, you're cool. They have Fisherman's Wool yarn in a lot of fabric shops and it's 100% wool, but it's pretty tightly wound, so it takes a little longer to create your ball. Works great, though!
  2. Place the end between your forefinger and middle finger. Pull your two fingers a bit apart and wrap the yarn loosely around 10 times.
  3. Pull that loop off your fingers while pinching in the middle to keep it together.
  4. Start spooling the yarn around that loop right next to your finger. Keep spooling it around, tightly now, and start shifting your direction to go around in a clockwise pattern to make a sphere.
  5. Once you've gotten the size you want (a little larger than a golfball is actually fine, but the larger variety---tennis or softball---will dry your clothes more quickly and efficiently), stop rolling and cut the yarn with an inch or so to spare.
  6. Use some sort of skinny implement like a knitting needle. (I used the little key tool for the interior doors of the house instead.) Shove the end of the yarn underneath a few layers of the dryer ball. Strangely, I also discovered a cuticle pusher works really well.
  7. Repeat until you have 3 (or 6 if you get yourself 2 skeins) dryer balls.
  8. Place the balls in the leg of an old pair of pantyhose. Use ACRYLIC yarn or some other string to tie the pantyhouse tightly next to the sides of each dryer ball. DO NOT USE THE WOOL YARN for the ties. It will felt to the pantyhose if you do.
  9. Plunk the whole caterpillar of dryer ball goodness into your washing machine on HOT WASH and COLD RINSE (if your dryer doesn't have a rinse temperature setting, never fear, most default to cold rinse.
  10. Transfer the caterpillar to the dryer and dry on the HOTTEST setting.
  11. At this point you can take a peek, but you may need to go ahead and repeat the washing and drying process to get your wool dryer balls fully felted. So if you don't want to peek, just toss em in again.
  12. Pull those bad boys out of the pantyhose, make sure they're felted together.
  13. Add a couple drops of your favorite essential oils. I buy mine here and usually use Purification blend. Place the wool dryer balls in your dryer with each load and you won't need to add softener or dryer sheets. Win!
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