Make Your Own Nontoxic Dryer Balls

Ditch the dryer sheets and get soft, fresh-smelling clothes with these 100% natural, reusable wool dryer balls.
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Ditch the dryer sheets and get soft, fresh-smelling clothes with these 100% natural, reusable wool dryer balls.

Most conventional dryer sheets contain synthetic fragrances and heat-activated fabric softeners that can irritate the skin and respiratory system. Additionally, dryer sheets are a disposable product usually made with non-recyclable polyester fibers. A fantastic natural alternative is to make your own felted wool dryer balls. Wool dryer balls help clothes dry faster by separating fabrics and helping air to circulate more efficiently. They also prevent static cling and naturally soften clothing. Best of all, wool balls can be reused hundreds of times and will last for up to five years! 

NOTE: If you’re drying extra-large loads, you may need to use 6 to 8 balls per load. 

Mountain Air Dryer Balls

Makes 4 balls.

25 drops each tea tree, lemongrass and peppermint essential oils

15 drops rosemary essential oil

10 drops eucalyptus essential oil

Equipment:

2 skeins 100% wool yarn

1 felting needle or large sewing needle

1 leg from 1 pair of pantyhose (or a long sock)