Benefits of using Wool Dryer Balls- unscented (good FAQ)
-saves energy and money by shortening drying time
-naturally softens clothes and replaces dryer sheets
-safe for all clothes
-no chemicals, synthetics or plastic!
-great to use with cloth diapers
Materials- makes at least 8 tennis sized balls with this specific sized yarn skein
-a skein of 100% Wool yarn (I found mine at Joann's)
-nylons (~$2) or if you have old worn out ones you don't mind ruining, then free!
-pot and water
1. Start out with the end of the yarn string and tie it into a knot or bow. I found it was easiest for me to tie it into a bow using the bunny ear method.
2. Start to wind the string along the knot you'd made.
3. Once you have wound a few times around, fold the loop ends in and wind more string around that little ball of yarn. It will start to look like a little wool dryer ball.
If you'd like to get a nice even outside, then I'd suggest winding the string clockwise and turning the ball counterclockwise as you wind. Create a nice flattened surface by not overlapping the strings but rather placing them side by side.
4. Once you've got your wool ball to the desired size (I made mine the size of a tennis ball), cut the string, take the end and make a loop and tuck it under a few near by strands.
5. Cut apart your nylons separating the legs from the body. You can use the body piece if you'd like, it'll just look different.
9. After the time is up, remove the balls, drain, and squish out excess water. This can easily be done with the pot lid or a plate.
10. Now you'll want to dry the wool balls out completely, using high heat in your dryer. I dried mine for quite a bit longer since I don't have high heat. Regular heat was the highest option.... lame. It took forrrreeeverrr. :o) After drying, they will come out looking felted (like a felt board; flattened and fused together.)
Professionally made wool dryer balls are sometimes felted many times. You can repeat the boiling and drying steps multiple times to get a more felted look. This also helps the ball stay fused together longer.* I only felted mine once and they turned out looking great!
It is recommended that for small loads you use 2-4 wool balls, and work up to 8 balls at a time for larger loads.
Have fun with your new dryer balls! :o)