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Laundry Dryer Balls – Dryer Sheets – Jewerly…What do they have in common?

This is No Joke…

I make my own laundry dryer balls, from 100% wool yarn and women knee high nylons.

Benefits of Using Wool Dryer Balls

  • They decrease drying time, saving you money on utility bills.
  • 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! To here to find out just how bad they are.
  • 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 shouldn’t be used on cloth diapers. Wool dryer balls are perfect for keeping your cloth diapers soft and chemical-free.
  • Wool dryer balls won’t 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.
  • Dryer balls help to soften clothes naturally.
  • Dryer balls are made from a renewable resource.

How do Wool Dryer Balls work?

It’s 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 don’t have to run the dryer as long. The more dryer balls you have in a load, the shorter the drying time will be.

***** IMPORTANT******Maybe you’re using those plastic PVC dryer balls because you don’t want the chemical scents from commercial products coating your laundry. We don’t recommend these, because plastic releases all kinds of nasty chemicals when it’s heated. Ditto for tennis balls. Wool dryer balls are a much more natural, chemical-free alternative to all the other options out there.

How to Make Wool Dryer Balls (Felted Yarn)

Choosing Your Yarn

Finding the right yarn is the most critical part of making these wool balls. Look for 100% wool yarn. Most hobby stores sell it, or you can purchase it online.

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

Supplies for Making Wool Dryer Balls

  • Skein of 100% wool yarn (NOT wool labeled “superwash” or “machine washable”)
  • Scissors
  • Nylons or knee-high stockings
  • String or cotton/acrylic yarn (to secure the wool ball in the pantyhose)


  1. Start your first wool dryer ball by wrapping the yarn around a couple of fingers 10 times.
  2. Remove the yarn from your fingers and wrap about 10 times around the middle.
  3. 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.
  4. 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, or just stuff it inside with any type of sharp tool. (knive, screwdriver etc)
  5. Repeat Steps 1-4 to make a second wool dryer ball with the remainder of your yarn.
  6. Place your wool balls in your pantyhose, put the hose tight and make a knot in the end, cut off excess panty hose.
  7. 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.)
  8. Remove balls from pantyhose and use in the dryer in place of dryer sheets.

What do Dryer Balls, Dryer Sheets and Jewerly have in common?

The money you save from using these Wool Dryer Balls instead of those expensive dryer sheets saves you money so that you can spend it on “More Jewerly”!

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