Friday, February 15, 2013

Eco Home: DIY Wool Dryer Balls

Hello!!  I've been crafting lately, and made myself some eco-friendly wool dryer balls!  Is that the funniest name or what?  

For about $5, I was able to  this pile of wool yarn
and turn it into four dryer balls!
What's the point of dryer balls?  They cut your drying time in half because they absorb moisture, and they eliminate the need for dryer sheets, which saves the planet just a little bit more!

The process couldn't be simpler.  It only took about 10 minutes to prepare, and then a spin in the washer and dryer.
All you do is wrap yarn around three fingers about 20 times, then slip the yarn off and continue to wrap a tight ball.  Keep going until it's about an inch in diameter!
Next, take some old panty hose or knee highs, and stick the balls inside, knotting each one off with some non wool string.
Wash the yarn balls in hot water and then dry them, and you're done!
Now you can toss the balls into the dryer with every load and you should see the drying time cut down!  I have found that the tend to make my clothes static-y if I restart the load to un-wrinkle items that I leave sitting there for day.  I'm lazy like that!


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