Two months ago I started using my own felted dryer balls. I wanted to sell them in my Etsy shop, but I wanted to test them out first and see what I thought of them.
What are dryer balls?
For those of you who haven’t heard of these ingenious things before. They are little balls of felted wool that you throw in your dryer when you are drying your clothes.
What are the benefits of using dryer balls?
I’ve heard a lot of claims about dryer balls.
- They reduce the time that laundry is in the dryer
- They reduce static
- They produce less wrinkles in your clothes
- You’ll get less lint in your lint trap
- They are eco-friendly because you can stop using dryer sheets
After my own testing, I have found all of these things to be mostly true.
I have three young children ages 5 and under so I do a lot of laundry and my loads are usually quite large. Because of this, I usually use 6 dryer balls per load. Most people recommend 3-4 for small and medium loads and 4-6 for large and extra large loads.
I have found that my clothes take less time in the dryer. About 5-10 minutes less per load on average, which is a significant amount when you take into consideration how many loads of laundry that I do in a month. So it does save my family hydro costs.
I don’t really find that it reduces static all that much UNLESS I put a little bit of water on each of the dryer balls before running the load in the dryer.
I have found less wrinkles and softer clothing after using the dryer balls. I find that they aerate the laundry as it is drying.
I haven’t found that they produce less lint. I find about the same amount in my dryer tray after each load, but I also don’t think that this is a deal breaker in using them.
I haven’t used dryer sheets since making my own dryer balls and I don’t I will be going back. This saves our family money on buying the dryer sheets. Hooray!
Dryer balls are great eco friendly way of drying your clothes. The best would be to air dry outside, but not all of us are able to do that. I live in an area where we get a lot of snow and rain for most of the year. Therefore, I NEED to use a dryer a lot of the time.
What are the downsides of using dryer balls?
There is one downside to dryer balls that I’ve come up with. They are pretty noisy banging around in the dryer. But, I’m willing to overlook it. It’s never so noisy that it wakes my kids up and we can still watch TV in the next room.
Where to get dryer balls?
I have started selling felted dryer ball in my Etsy shop. If you want to buy them, then you can head over to Calming Stitches to purchase them.
Or you could make them for yourself. They are pretty easy to make.
How to make dryer balls?
What you need:
- 100% Wool yarn. This CANNOT be superwash and must be 100% wool in order to felt properly
- Tapestry needle
- Scrap yarn of cotton/acrylic nature that won’t felt
I have found that about 110 yards of yarn makes a good sized dryer ball. You just wind the yarn into a tight ball. Until it’s about the size of a baseball. Then you take the end of the yarn and put it on a tapestry needle. You’ll pull that end through the ball and trim it when you are done.
You just cut the leg of an old pair of pantyhose and load it up with your dryer balls. It will look like a big caterpillar. Tie pieces of the cotton/acrylic yarn between each dryer ball so that they are separated.
Throw your dryer ball caterpillar into your washing machine. I usually run it through twice in the washing machine and then throw it in the dryer on the hottest setting.
You can add scent to your dryer balls by using pure essential oil. You would just add a few drops to each ball.