When my girls were little I had to be very careful with the brands of laundry detergent we used. A couple of days ago I shared my homemade laundry detergent that is much gentler. But I gave up trying to use fabric softener. We had sensitive skin at our house.
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So I started using a bit of white vinegar in the rinse cycle and I bought some plastic dryer balls that were supposed to help make the towels fluffier and dry quicker. They worked but after a while the balls fell apart.
About that time I saw some handmade wool dryer balls on Etsy. Then I thought… “Maybe I can make my OWN dryer balls.” Of the five I made I am still using three of them. And if I ever find the other two I’ll keep using them, too. None of them have fallen apart.
Supplies for DIY Homemade Dryer Balls
All you need is:
- Wrap the yarn into several small balls approximately 2″. Secure the ends with a tapestry needle or crochet hook. Stick one in the toe of a pair of old panty hose or knee highs. Tie a knot. Repeat with the other balls.
- Wash the whole string in hot water and dry on high heat.
- Remove from hose. Wrap another layer of yarn tightly around the ball. Secure the ends.
- Wash and dry again. You can repeat this if you feel that your yarn is still loose.
- Remove from hose and throw in dryer with wet clothes.
As I mentioned, I’ve had these homemade dryer balls for EIGHT years now. Two of them had some loose string after a year but I just cut it off and secured the ends again. Two are hiding somewhere in my house and the other three still get used every time I wash clothes!
My kitty wasn’t in a very playful mood that day!
‘Til the next project,