Last week on The Compact, members were discussing living without a clothes dryer for the rest of 2011. I am not particularly committed to completely going without a dryer for 2011 (our house gets musty in the summertime), but I was fascinated when someone mentioned wool dryer balls.
I don’t use any kind of fabric softener right now. I know that some people use plastic dryer balls, which I didn’t really understand. But wool dryer balls! Amazing.
From this product description on Amazon:
“Why use wool dryer balls?
1. Shorten drying time.
These wool dryer balls are made with pure wool yarn to absorb water (to help cut down on drying time). The balls also help to separate the clothes and promote the circulation of warm, dry air in the dryer.
2. Reduce static
3. Soften and fluff your laundry gently
The wool dryer balls speed up the drying time and soften up by gentle friction of the felted wool fibers against your clothing fibers, whereas the rubber or plastic dryer balls can tear at fabric.
The woolen balls help fluff up large items like quilts or comforters to dry evenly.
4. Use in place of dryer sheets and liquid fabric softener”
Shorten drying time? Soften and fluff laundry? Yes please!
However, I’m not going to buy them. I want to make them of course. And so I used the Google to find this tutorial. It looks fun! Plus, a great way to use up some of my stash yarn.
From the same product description:
“How to use Wool dryer balls
1. Place wool dryer balls in the dryer with your clothes.
2. Use at least two dryer balls.
You can use as many as 6 wool balls per load of laundry. The more balls you use, the more you cut your dryer time and reduce static.
3. Store wool dryer balls in open air location so that they will totally dry between sessions in the dryer.
The balls will continue to felt as you use them in the dryer and should last for years.
The dryer balls may develop small pills after many uses, but don’t worry. You can either leave them with the small pills, or take a sweater shaver to remove the pills.”
Also, I think this would make a nice present for someone who is thrifty. I suppose it’s not the sexiest thing in the world to give as a gift, but I know a couple of people who might enjoy them.
I will get some photos up after I make mine!
Have you ever made your own dryer balls? Or do you make your own laundry detergent? How has that worked for you?