I’m just going to come out and say it, I have a thing against dryer sheets. The scented ones smell too overpowering and chemically for me. The unscented ones might smell better, but I know they’re still leaving chemicals on my clothes and I’m pretty much always going to vote against adding chemicals to my life. At some point in the last year or so I decided that I just wasn’t going to use dryer sheets anymore, but I started the search for a replacement because, really, who wants to wear stiff clothes?
I saw some wool dryer balls on The Grommet and they got stuck in my head. According to the description, these magical balls of wool last forever, soften clothes, remove wrinkles and static. Those would be sooo much better than dryer sheets. And then I realized, they’re just felted balls of wool. Felted, like when you accidentally wash a sweater in hot water and it mats together. Felted, like that knitting technique with yarn and your washing machine used to make funky bags and slippers. I think you see where I’m going with this.
I made some wool dryer balls and after using them for months, I can honestly say that they make a difference. Not only does the laundry come out soft, but I would also say it’s less wrinkled. I also notice that when I don’t find all the wool dryer balls to put in the next load, the ball-less load is more static-y, so the static thing seems to be true as well.
Want to make some of your own? It’s really easy. You need some 100% wool yarn–if it’s not wool, it won’t felt. Color doesn’t matter. A non-dyed yarn is more natural, but if you have yarn in your stash to get rid of, like I did, that works great, too.
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Make a ball of yarn. I made my yarn balls 25 grams each (using my handy kitchen scale) and that’s been a really good size. Make sure you tuck the yarn tail under other yarn to secure it.