Reasons to use wool dryer balls:
1. They cut down on the drying time by 30%. Energy savings! Each time you turn on your dryer it costs about $.50.
2. They soften clothes. This means you save money on dryer sheets AND even better you aren't buying chemical laden, nasty dryer sheets. This is the biggest reason, in my opinion to use dryer balls. The chemicals on the dryer sheets are absolutely horrible for you. They are toxic and cause a lot of the skin irritations and skin allergies that children (and adults) are experiencing today.
3. They last for years. Again, you will be saving money by not having to purchase boxes of dryer sheets. I know some of the name brand dryer sheets with the fantastic scents (these are neuro toxins and you really, really shouldn't buy things that are scented).
4. They look cool.
Wool dryer balls are very easy to make. All you need to do is to go to a fabric store or any place that sells skeins of yarn (some Wal-Marts, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabrics, etc.) and buy one large skein of 100% wool. You will need an old pair of pantyhose, scissors, and about an hour out of your day (or night) to make some yarn balls.
Now, start making balls. Pull the wool yarn very tight as you are winding it around and around. Keep winding until the wool ball is about 1.5-2" in diameter. Tie it off very securely. I did this different ways, but the most effective way was to begin making the dryer ball and leaving a tail out. When I was done winding I just tied my winding piece of wool to the tail and made a few knots to keep it very securely tied.
|This is the beginning of a ball. See the tail? At the end of winding you will tie this to the piece you are winding around the ball. Oh, and this book is pretty much life changing. Its by R. A. Torrey. Its about 1/4" thick, a very short & sweet read.|
They are now ready to use! Keep your wool dryer balls in the dryer and they will effectively dry and soften hundreds upon hundreds of loads of laundry!