Wool Dryer Balls

Here are some of the benefits of Homemade Wool Dryer Balls:

  • Shorten drying time
  • Reduce wrinkles
  • Decrease static
  • Soften laundry
  • Save money
  • Fragrance-free (or naturally scented with a few drops of essential oils)

You can buy wool dryer balls on Amazon or Etsy, but they’re also incredibly easy to make yourself.  All you need to make your own is 20 minutes and four basic supplies: wool yarn, a crochet hook, scissors, and pantyhose.

The dryer balls you have, the more they will bounce around with your laundry and help it to dry quickly.  Six to eight wool dryer balls that are between the size of a tennis ball and soft ball seem to be just right.  The tutorial below shows you how to make two dryer balls from one skein of yarn.

The best yarn is 100% wool.  After wrapping your yarn into balls, you wash them in pantyhose so the yarn “felts” together and becomes a solid ball that won’t unravel.  Thick, wool roving yarn felts perfectly.

The best colors for homemade wool dryer balls are ones that are bright and will be easy to pick out of your laundry.

  • 1 pair knee-high or pair of pantyhose, no need to buy new, use an old pair
  • 1 pair scissors

Instructions

  • Start your first wool dryer ball by wrapping the yarn around a couple of fingers 10 times.
  • Remove the yarn from your fingers and wrap about 10 times around the middle.
  • Continue wrapping around the ball from every angle. Make your way around the ball, wrapping 5-10 times before moving to a new angle. (There’s no exact science to this. Just keep trying to form a round ball.) Wrap the yarn tightly and hang onto your ball so it doesn’t pop out of your hands.
  • When your ball is a little bigger than a tennis ball, cut the yarn and pull the end through the ball with your crochet hook.
  • Repeat Steps 1-4 to make a second wool dryer ball with the remainder of your yarn.
  • Place your wool balls in your pantyhose, knotting the pantyhose between the balls.
  • Run your wool dryer balls through your washer and dryer with separate loads of laundry until they “felt” and become solid balls. (Mine “felt” in 3-4 loads.)
  • Remove balls from pantyhose and use in the dryer in place of dryer sheets.