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DIY Wool Dryer Balls

I haven’t been feeling the crafty vibe recently. I have about 10 projects on the horizon that I’m wanting to work on but I haven’t been feeling very motivated. Maybe it is the weather. Either it is snowy and I want to veg all day or it is sunny and gorgeous and warm and I just want to be outside. Blarg. I’ll get my motivation back sooner or later!

DIY Wool Dryer Balls

So while I haven’t been feeling crafty I have been feeling the spring cleaning vibe! All the curtains and rugs and blankets in the house have been cleaned! Deep cleaning is being done. I even cleaned my washing machine again! I’ve even been washing all of our pillows! That is where these little DIY Wool Dryer Balls come in.

Almost every pillow I’ve ever owned has said on the instruction label that you need to wash them. I always thought that this was weird. But really, it isn’t. Think of how much your husband drools on his pillow. Or think of how much your kids sweat on their pillows. Eww. Gross. Pillows need to be washed, people! In fact, most manufacturers recommend washing your pillows 4-6 times a year.

Anywho, on to my little DIY Wool Dryer balls… the instructions on almost all pillows also tell you to throw a tennis ball or 2 into the dryer with your pillows to help fluff them. Sounds like a brilliant idea, right!? But what if you are allergic to sports, like me? And what if you don’t have any extra tennis balls lying around and have no intention of playing tennis so you don’t see the point of buying any? Solution: you make your own! I saw an awesome tutorial here and I made them right away.

DIY Wool Dryer Balls

Just be warned, the supplies list for this project is crazy long. You may be deterred just by the sheer quantity of things needed. coughsarcasmcough.

  • 100% Wool Yarn {must be 100% wool!!! Don’t get the kind with acrylic in it!!}
  • Nylons or tights
  • String/twine/embroidery floss
  • Scissors

And you don’t even need the scissors if  you decide to go all animal on it and tear it with your bare teeth or razor sharp claws {I know, I know… you probably aren’t a lion. Psh. You WISH you were a lion!}. Here’s a little pictorial to show you how easy these are to make:

DIY Wool Dryer Balls

DIY Wool Dryer Balls

After all of this, it is time to felt the wool balls. Now that you have your crazy looking, tumorous, nylon snake, toss it in the washing machine with a few towels you know you need to wash.  Make sure the water is as hot as you can make it. I even added several cups of boiling water. The hotter the water, the faster the felting. Then throw it in the dryer. Again, set it as hot as it goes.

DIY Wool Dryer Balls

After they are dry, take your balls out of the nylons/tights and look at the good job felting you did! Yay! All the fibers of the wool will be smoother and more fused together. You can go ahead and felt them again if you would like or use them right away! FYI, they will get smaller over time as the wool fibers get more felted together. The tutorial I followed even suggested putting a few drops of your favorite scent of essential oil on the balls before drying them to help give your clothes an awesome scent boost!

So not only are dryer balls great for fluffing your pillows, but they also can help cut your drying time by more than half! Think about it! Those little balls bouncing around in there separate out your clothes from the clump they normally are in and allow even more air to flow around and through them, drying them even faster. Score! Fluffy pillows and less time spent waiting for the dryer!

Is anyone else in spring cleaning mode? Are you allergic to sports, like me??