8 Simple Steps For Making Your Own Essential Oil Dryer Balls

July 05, 2016

8 Simple Steps For Making Your Own Essential Oil Dryer Balls

Laundry will never be the same...

Despite the convenience of conventional dryer sheets, they can do a number on the environment and the health of our skin.  Though dryer sheets, found at most stores, serve a useful purpose in separating laundry and making them smell beautifully aromatic, the chemicals in store-bought dryer sheets are not very laundry friendly at all.

Have The Best Smelling Laundry In the Neighborhood Using DIY Dryer Balls 

Unlike the natural, medicinal and therapeutic use of essential oils, harmful ingredients are often found in dryer sheets, such as limonene and linalool, many can cause rashes, itching and respiratory problems, especially for those with sensitive skin and children.  Dryer sheets are also often tossed away immediately after use, accumulating as waste, sometimes even clogging up dryer vents, causing the dryer to work inefficiently.

Many of us use electrical dryers at home not thinking twice about h harmful conventional dryer sheets can be.  However, numerous studies have been conducted, proving the toxicity of dryer sheets, which are loaded with toxic chemicals, undoubtedly getting into our clothes and seeping into our skin.  It doesn’t just stop there either.  These dangerous chemicals can also get inside our bodies, creating neurological and respiratory disorders. 

Alternatively, the use of essential oils, highly concentrated oils, extracted from plants, is a great way to keep your home and laundry smelling wonderful, without the caustic chemicals.  Essential oils are not only healing for the mind and body, but also have the capacity to heal your skin and your digestion.  Just a few small drops tossed in your laundry will help to uplift or relax you in a healthful way.

The Safe Way

For these very reasons, wool balls provide the ideal alternative to obtaining great smelling clothes, while being both safe for our planet and our health.  Wool balls serve the mighty purpose of not only saving on utility bills, due to their multiple uses, but can also be sprayed or dabbed with natural essential oils for customizable fragrant blends.  Wool balls are also great for separating clothes in the drying cycle by softly pounding the clothes, which helps them to soften more effectively.  Wool balls also reduce drying time by wicking away moisture.

 

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Wool balls can be purchased online, at a minimal price, or can be made at home, with a few simple tools.  If you plan to make your own wool balls, then it’s important to note that the type of yarn used is very important.  Most “superwash” and “machine washable” wefts are not ideal for creating felt wool dryer balls, as they may unravel.  Instead, lightly spun roving yarn works best.  Or you can use an old wool sweater. 

What you need:

  • 100% wool yarn
  • scissors
  • pantyhose
  • crochet hook
  • String yarn (cotton or acrylic)
  • Essential oils of your choice

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What to do:

  1. Using your first two fingers, wrap the wool yarn around 10 times.

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  1. After wrapping, slide bundle off of your fingers, pinching the middle, then wrap more yarn around that bundle.

 

 

  1. Continue wrapping the yarn around the entire bundle, until a ball forms.

 

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  1. When you’ve reached your desired size, use a crochet needle to pull the end of the yarn through, then cut the end.

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  1. Repeat until you have about 4-6 balls.

 

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  1. After all balls have been complete, use the toe section of an old pair of pantyhose, by placing it over the balls, tying over each one with string, creating a caterpillar effect.

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  1. Wash the balls in hot wash cycle, then a cold rinse cycle to encourage felting. You may need to repeat until the desired felt density occurs.

 

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  1. After your wool balls have felted, remove from pantyhose and run your fingers over the wool to see if it sticks together. The strands should not separate.

 

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You’re Done!

 

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Now that you’ve created your brand new, homemade wool balls, you’ll begin to notice how much fresher your clothes will feel.  A few drops of your favorite essential oils are also a safe way to create a customizable and environmental-friendly fragrance blend. 

Simply toss the wool balls in your laundry load- 4 or less for smaller loads, 6 for larger loads.  You’ll notice that drying time is reduced and you’ll feel much better knowing that your laundry is chemical-free.

When not in use, balls can be left in the dryer or stored in an attractive bowl, sprinkled with essential oils as a scented, decorative display between washes.