• Do you use store bought dryer sheets? Please tell me you don’t! They are full of chemicals, namely fragrance that is very harmful to your health. When it is on your clothes your skin absorbs it and you also inhale it all day long. Instead of using that nastiness, why not make some wool dryer balls and give your clothes a fresh scent with essential oils?

    These are quite simple to make and usually come in sets of three. They can be used over and over again in your dryer with your laundry. They make awesome gifts too!

    I have created a DIY tutorial video for you and also put step by step instructions in this post. At the bottom you can also download free dryer ball labels to use when you give a set as a gift.

    Don’t forget to enter my giveaway below!  I will be giving the set of dryer balls I made in the video away!

    Supplies You’ll Need

     

    To make 5 dryer balls you will need:

    • 2 skeins of 100% wool yarn. {I say 5 dryer balls because each skein makes 2.5 dryer balls.}
    • 1 pair of cheap panty hose that it’s ok to cut up {I get mine at the dollar store}
    • 1 pair of scissors
    • 1 blunt object like a popsicle stick or a pen with the tip not out

     

     

    How -To

    Take the end of your yarn and wrap it around your index and middle finger ten times.

    Then, slip the yarn off your fingers.

    Next, tightly wrap the yarn one to three times around the middle of the ten loops of yarn you just made.

     

    Continue wrapping yarn around itself to enclose all loose loops and start forming a ball.

     

    Keep wrapping the yarn while rotating the ball to ensure even coverage and a smooth round sphere.

     

    The size of ball you should end up with will be the size a little smaller than a tennis ball. Wool shrinks so it may feel big at first but after washing and drying the ball will shrink. Be sure to wrap your yarn tightly. Do not let it wrap too loose as in the picture below. That will cause problems in the end.

     

     

    When you have gotten the yarn ball to the size it needs to be then you will use your scissors to cut the end of your yarn. Then, you’ll want to tuck that piece of yarn underneath the strands of yarn wrapped on the ball. Tuck it in tightly and quite deep into the ball if you can. Use your blunt object to help push the end of the yarn into the ball.

     

    Once you have several balls wound and ready to go you’ll want to load them into a panty hose leg. One at a time place each ball into the stocking and tie each end tightly so the ball can’t move around inside the panty hose. Cut the very end of the panty hose off. This panty hose “sausage” will be what you will be placing in the washer and dryer.

     

    At this point place your yarn sausage in the washing machine on hot for a full cycle. You don’t need to add soap. Once the wash cycle is finished then place the sausage in the dryer on the hottest setting for 30 to 40 minutes. This completes the felting process and your dryer balls are ready to use!

    To Use Your Dryer Balls

    Now that your dryer balls are complete you can use them in every load of clothes that need to be dried. Before you dry your clothes place two drops of doTERRA essential oil on each ball. Throw them in your load of laundry in the dryer and start the dryer. Your clothes will come out with a fresh scent of your choosing!

    If you are making a set of dryer balls for a gift then you will probably want a label to tell the recipient what they are and how to use them. I have created a free set of labels for you to download. Get your download below 

    Enter the Giveaway Here!

    Contest starts February 7, 2017 and ends March 7, 2017 at 11:59pm! Good luck!

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    You must be at least 18 years old to enter the giveaway. Only those in the United States are eligible to win. We will randomly draw the winner on March 8, 2017 and the winner will be announced and notified on March via email. *If we haven’t heard from the winner within 24 hours we will pick another winner.

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