Felted Wool Dryer Balls
Wool dryer balls work great for anyone who's trying to get away from using dryer sheets to prevent static cling. There are many reasons why dryer sheets are something to avoid including chemicals on your clothes which means chemicals on your skin which means chemicals getting into your bloodstream. That's a good enough reason for me to spend the time to make these little cuties. Plus, they're easy to make.
My method is pretty straightforward. There are other ways as you might expect and if you google "wool dryer balls" you'll find a whole bunch of recipes to choose from.
I use 3 in my dryer, but I generally have pretty small loads. You may want to use 4-6 if you have larger loads.
a skein of wool for making the inside of the ball - make sure this 100% wool that is feltable.
wool roving for the outside of the ball (optional)
nylon hose for felting and drying - if you're using pantyhose, cut off the panty part. Knee-highs work great!
Take the wool and wind it into a ball roughly the size of a tennis ball. You can stop here if you want or continue with the roving. If you use the roving, smooth it around the wound ball. If you have felting needles, give the roving a poke or two or three to secure it. If you don't have felting needles, not to worry, you can skip this part.
Whether you have used the roving or not, take the balls and place them one at a time into a nylon stocking. After getting the first one snug in the toe, tie a knot making sure the ball is really snug. Then put in the next ball and get it nice and snug and tie another knot.
Continue until all your dryer balls are secured in the nylon stockings. I'd show you a picture, but I forgot to take one :(
Washing and Drying
Put the dryer balls into the washing machine and wash with no soap and on the hottest water setting you have. Then put them into the dryer and get them good and dry. I did this twice to get them nice and tight. Actually, I cut them out of the stockings and made any adjustments (such as needle felting a little pattern on them - kind of silly, but fun) and then rewashed and dried them.
Using the Wool Dryer Balls
I just leave mine in the dryer. Or you can have a nice decorative bowl of them in your laundry room.
Dryer balls make great gifts too!
Here's a website that makes them a little differently and has pictures!