Wool Dryer Balls are amazing little products. They help dry your clothes quickly and also soften your clothes without using fabric softener or dryer sheets. They are also supposed to reduce the static electricity of the clothes.
DIY Wool Dryer Balls
To make these balls, you will want to make sure to buy 100% Wool. Do not buy “Superwash” or anything that advertises being safe for the washer – they will not felt properly. I used Patons Classic Wool Roving for mine. Other than the yarn, you also need the cheapest pair or pantyhose you can find. I used a pair that I no longer wear but you probably could find them at the dollar store. A 100% wool sweater could also be unraveled for the yarn, this would be a perfect upcycle for a thrift store sweater.
First, start wrapping the yarn around your fingers then start forming a ball. Keep wrapping until the ball is approximately the size of a tennis ball. Snip the yarn and tuck the loose end into the ball. I was able to get three balls out of my yarn skein.
These balls need to be felted in order to become dryer balls. This is where the pantyhose come in. Put the balls one at a time into the pantyhose and tie a knot on each side of the ball. Wash the balls in hot water and then dried. I just threw them in with my sheets. This wash will tighten up the fibers (as if you shrunk your favorite wool sweater) and felt the wool. If the balls ever start unraveling, simply put them back in the pantyhose and re-felt them in the wash.
I also learned that little chihuahuas named Pip think that they are dog toys. Mine fell on the floor and he immediately started playing with them.
Have you ever tried wool dryer balls? How did you like them?