Thursday, March 6, 2014

Wool Dryer Balls

I have read about wool dryer ball in blogs and on Pinterest. I decided to put some together, since they are suppose to cut down on clothes drying time. I had some variegated wool yarn that I wasn't going to use for anything else. It took them a bit longer to felt than I had expected, but I finally got them to work.

I used them in my dryer and I wish I'd made them long before this. They really cut down on the dryer time. (Save $$$) I went down to throw something else in the dryer after a short period of time and found my load of laundry was almost completely dry. I have been using them for a month and I won't go back to using a dryer without them. The only downfall, is that they get in sleeves and pant legs, so you have to collect them when you fold laundry. If you only put one or two things in the dryer, it sounds like some enormous popcorn machine! I can live with both of those things.

I made six dryer balls with two small skeins of wool yarn. It doesn't matter what color they are, so you could buy a sale yarn. I encourage you to give it a try. There are tutorials on many blogs and Pinterest.

14 comments:

  1. So cool that you would post this! I've been thinking about making these the last few weeks. I had wool dryer balls that I bought on etsy a few years back, but I think maybe they're too light as I really didn't see any difference when using them. I thought maybe I could try making a few heavier ones to see how they work.

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    1. These are almost the size of a tennis ball.

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  2. I've never heard of these...but they sure sound like something worth trying! Thanks!

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  3. I always wondered how they worked. I will have to look into this as it really bugs me how expensive dryer sheets are.
    Have a lovely day.

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  4. Never heard of such a thing! Sounds great!

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  5. I've never heard of this, but will have to give it a try. Something new I've been doing is using white vinegar as my fabric softener. The only downfall is static electricity when the clothes come out of the dryer, so I've been using balled up aluminum foil, which I read helps, and it does. Do the wool balls cut down on static electricity, too?

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    1. They don't seem to do anything about static, but I'm happy that they are saving money.

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  6. I had never heard of this. Love new ideas! Thanks for sharing! ~Terri

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  7. This sounds like a great idea! I love learning new things. Can you buy these?

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    1. I think there are some folks selling them on Etsy. They were simple to make and only took me two thin skeins to make six dryer balls.

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  8. I've never heard of this! I will have to check it out! Sometimes I have to run our dryer twice!

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  9. Patrice, I've used dryer balls for years...wonderful things! I don't use the dryer much but when I do, dryer balls are in the dryer. Mine are plastic because they were on sale for fifty cents for two.

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  10. Does any lint from the felted wool transfer to the clothes in the dryer?

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    1. I haven't noticed any transfer. I think that would have been very noticeable on black dress pants. So, I guess the answer is no.

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