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About three years ago Matt purchased a set of felted wool dryer balls on Etsy. When he opened the package I laughed and asked why he was purchasing balls of yarn for such a ridiculous price! He explained the purpose of the dryer balls and asked if I would experiment with them in our laundry.

Wool dryer balls are not a new concept. I had just never heard of them before this package showed up on our doorstep. People have been making them for years as an eco-friendly alternative to dryer sheets and liquid fabric softener (read about ourhomemade dryer sheets and fabric softener). But wool dryer balls can do so much more than just eliminate chemicals from your laundry.

You should learn how to make wool dryer balls for all of the following reasons:

They decrease drying time, saving you money on utility bills. (Especially helpful in the winter months!)

Commercial fabric softeners and dryer sheets are filled with harmful chemicals and perfumes that coat your clothing, eventually ending up on your skin. These chemicals can be especially harsh on sensitive skin. There are no chemicals in wool dryer balls!

Commercial dryer sheets can be costly, and are thrown away after (normally) one use. Wool dryer balls can be re-used for years, saving you hundreds of dollars.

Commercial fabric softeners shouldnt be used on cloth diapers. Wool dryer balls are perfect for keeping your cloth diapers soft and chemical-free.

Wool dryer balls wont affect the absorbency of your towels, kitchen cloths, or cloth diapers commercial softeners will.

100% wool dryer balls increase fluffiness and reduce static as dryer loads tumble.

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Dryer balls are made from a renewable resource.

Its simple. They bounce around in the dryer separating clothes, allowing more hot air to circulate through all the garments. As they tumble, the wool balls fluff your laundry, reduce wrinkles, and basically pummel the laundry to make it softer. They do so much more than a dryer sheet by pulling moisture out of your clothes so you dont have to run the dryer as long. The more dryer balls you have in a load, the shorter the drying time will be.

Maybe youre using those plastic PVC dryer balls because you dont want the chemical scents from commercial products coating your laundry. We dont recommend these, because plastic releases all kinds of nasty chemicals when its heated. Ditto for tennis balls. Wool dryer balls are a much more natural, chemical-free alternative to all the other options out there.

Dont bother paying someone else to wind yarn into a ball for you; making your own felted wool dryer balls is a simple process you can do while watching a flick, helping kids with homework, or waiting for dinner to cook.

Finding the right yarn is the most critical part of making these wool balls.Look for100% wool yarn. Most hobby stores sell it, or you can purchase itonline.

Note:Stay away from any wool labeled superwash or machine washable. This type will NOT felt.

I have successfully used many types of wool yarn to make felted wool dryer balls, butI prefer the thick, lightly spun roving yarn(pictured in beige below). It felts much better than the Fishermens Wool or the other tightly spun wool yarns.

Be really thrifty and green by unraveling an old 100% wool sweater youre not wearing, or purchase wool sweaters at a second hand store and use the yarn for this project (or other projects). If you use a yarn with even the slightest bit of acrylic or other blend, your balls wont felt correctly, if at all. If they are not felted, they will unravel in the dryer and youll have a stringy mess.

I like to use brightly colored yarn so I can easily separate the dryer balls from my clothes when coming out of the dryer. I havent had trouble with colors from the yarn balls bleeding onto fabrics, but you can choose lighter colors of yarn if youre worried about this.

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string or cotton/acrylic yarn (to secure the wool ball in the pantyhose)

1. Begin wrapping your wool yarn around your first two fingers about 10 times.

2. Pinch the bundle of yarn in the middle and pull off your fingers. Wrap more yarn around the middle of this bundle.

3. Wrap yarn around the entire bundle until you have the beginnings of a ball.

4. Continue wrapping tightly until your ball is the desired size. (I make mine softball-sized to help cut drying time more, but tennis ball or baseball-sized will help save money on yarn. You can also fill your ball with an old, wadded up sock or piece of fabric if you dont want to use so much yarn.)

5. Use a blunt-tipped yarn needle or crochet hook to tuck the end of the thread under several layers of yarn. Pull it through and cut the end.

Repeat these steps with more yarn until you have 4-6 balls.

6. Cut the leg off an old pair of nylons, or use knee-high stockings. Put balls into the toe of the nylons, tying tightly in between each one with string, or cotton/acrylic yarn. (Just dont use wool yarn or it will felt around the nylons.) Tie off the end. Take a few minutes to play with your yarn ball caterpillar if you like.

7. Throw the entire yarn caterpillar into the wash with towels (or a load of jeans if you used brightly colored yarn).

8. Wash in ahotwash cycle with acoldwater rinse cycle. Dry your yarn caterpillar with your laundry usingthe hottest dryer setting.

Remove balls from nylons and check for felting. Some types of wool yarn will not felt well on the first try. You may need to repeat the washing and drying cycles up to 3 or 4 times. Youll know felting has occurred when you can gently scrape your fingernail over the ball and strands do not separate.

Just throw these babies in the dryer with your freshly washed clothes, and let them do their work! For regular loads, use at least 4-6 balls to notice a decrease in drying time. For large loads, use 6 or more wool balls. The more you use, the more quickly your clothes will dry.

Store your dryer balls in the dryer between uses or display them in a basket in your laundry room.

If you want to lightly scent your laundry you can add 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oil to each ball before throwing in the dryer. If youre using a good quality, pure essential oil, you will not have trouble with the oils spotting your clothes. (Find 100% pure essential oils here.) Just be sure to use a clear essential oil.

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If youre like me and you hate throwing money in the trash with disposable cleaning products, youre going to love this: You can make washable Swiffer dusters!

Click here for the directions to make your own washable swiffer dusters from microfiber cloth.(ThanksLittle Dear Tracks!)

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I just made the floor cloths by cutting leftover yellow fleece from another project into 8 X 10 inch pieces and tucked into the tabs that are in the rectangle already. I tried in on the hardwood floors and it seems to pick up pretty well. hopefully it will hold up in the wash. Thanks for the good idea.

I just made the floor cloths by cutting leftover yellow fleece from another project into 8 X 10 inch pieces and tucked into the tabs that are in the rectangle already. I tried in on the hardwood floors and it seems to pick up pretty well. hopefully it will hold up in the wash. Thanks for the good idea.

I made these with microfiber towels from the dollar store but there was too much fluff & shedding. Has anyone tried fleece or flannel? Or something else?

I have wanted to try making these since I re-pinned this about a year ago! I just havent gotten around to buying the fleece or microfiber cloth. I was going to try felt to see if that works since I have a ton of it, but I also wondered about flannel as I have a ton of that too.

I would think that flannel would work better than felt. Let me know if you try it.

I am not sure about that Katie. The fleece and microfiber have a different texture. I dont think that the felt will pick up the dust.

I was going to try felt, too. I think if I spray it with pledge, the dust should stick. Felt is cheap and I have a ton if it. Its worth a shot, I think.

I love this idea !!! Heading for the Dollar Tree !!! Thank you sooo much!!! Great Stocking stuffer idea !!!

To make your fleece last longer wash it but dont dry it. Fleece dries fast. If you dry it it make it bally (if that is a word) and can melt the fleece. Hope this helps.

Praise! I appreciate your giving credit to the original blogs for questions you cant answer & for providing feedback to your readers! Well done & love anything that re-purposes!

Thanks, I love anything that can be recycled. I also crochet my own Swiffer dusters.

Thank you for these directions. I made one today with some leftover fleece. It was so easy, and when the 3yr old boy woke up, he couldnt stop cleaning things.

Anything that makes your kids want to clean is a great thing, right?!

Does this actually pick up the dirt like a swiffer or does it push it around like a feather duster?

It depends on the material you use. Microfiber cloth will pick up the dust. You can also help out any duster by using a spray on product like Pledge.

I loved this idea! These work better if you use fabric that has been washed a few times. You can use old tee shirts, cut slits and gently tug on each slit until it curls slightlythis will keep it from raveling. If you use fleece, that again works better if its older, softer and already been washed. I dont care for the micro-fiber, but that just me. Used fabric saves lots of money and makes this project even better. If you want to make these for gifts, I suggest buying new fabric but wash it before you make any cuts to prevent shrinkage.

Thank you very much for this. I have a cleaning business and am tired of buying stuff I can make myself..

I tried one with fleece and it worked great, but when I washed it, it shriveled up and was useless, will try again with microfiber though because I love the idea

Thanks Patricia. That is helpful to know.

I am having trouble with the 3rd step. In the picture it looks like you have multiple layers together, but in step 2 it says sew 1 small to one large. I guess I am just dumb. Can you explain the steps further?

Donna, this is actually re-posted fromLittle Dear Tracks. You can contact her to ask any questions because I have not made these myself.

I made mine out of a torn sweatshirt. No dust. Pinking shears are the best!

GREAT IDEA!! Wow I will try making one from an old sweatshirt!

thank you for a very useful idea. I love it !!Thank you for sharing.

I made one of these using a microfiber cloth, and it sheds too much fluff for it to be useful for me, but I think I am going to try the fleece and see if that works better.

Ordering some. I clean houses and these l

Could you please provide more complete details how to sew this item? Sorry, cant understand the sewing instructions?

Hi Sandy! I actually shared this from another blog. Here is the link: Maybe you could contact her and ask her.

Im going to make these for the classroom so the kids can help keep it a little less dusty! They LOVE to help clean!

maybe you could alter the pattern to make slots for little hands so the kids can wear these and help clean.

These are actually from a different website (click the links to go to the websites) but I imagine that you could use any kitchen tool or cleaning implement that has a handle. You could look at the dollar store for something that would work.

You can make them from microfiber cloths found at dollar tree. :o) I love, love, love dollar tree microfiber cloths!!!

OK, dumb question, but what do you make them out of?

Not a dumb question at all Angie! From what I have read you can make them from fleece or from microfiber cloth found in the automotive department of stores like Walmart.

Thanks for asking that, Angie! I was wondering myself And thanks for the answer, Kimberlee! Fleece or Microfiber

LOVE this!!! I absolutely cannot stand to throw things away and this is a perfect solution!! Thank you so very much for sharing!!

How well do they compare to the disposables?

I havent made mine yet Tiffany, so I dont know but I do know that the disposable ones cannot be washed.

I have washed them and they can be reused for some time.

Love it!!! I hate buying throw away cleaning products!

This idea is AMAZING!!!! I am totally making sets of these for Christmas!! Thank you so much for a fun, frugal, and useful gift idea!!

Thanks Amanda, but Aimee at Little Dear Tracks is the real genius for figuring it out!

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