I have been using wool dryer balls since February of 2012 and I will never go back to my old way of drying clothes. Dryer balls work by “aerating” your clothes, creating gaps of air space between the pieces, which allows the warm dryer air to reach more of the individual surfaces of the laundry you’re drying. Clothes dry in 1/3 to 1/2 less time than my old loads — even heavy jeans and towels. Using 1/3 to 1/2 less electricity and gas for drying clothes, saves a significant amount of money and puts cash back in the budget for other things.
You can purchase wool dryer balls online and even find them in home stores, occassionally. You can also find various plastic types of dryer balls in big box stores or online. I have never used the plastic ones, but I can only imagine that they are incredibly noisy in the dryer, get terribly hot and they are definitely not a natural product that will contribute to the well-being of your family. On the other hand, I have never noticed any difference in noise when using EIGHT wool dryer balls in my dryer. My clothes dry more quickly, are exposed to less hot air and so are less likely to be “static-y”, then when I run them through a full cycle. I don’t use fabric softener of any kind in my washer or dryer, any more, so that’s one more way that dryer balls are cutting my laundry budget. That’s right. No fabric softener for almost three years! When the felted wool fibers rub across your clothes, they create friction, softening the clothes and cutting down on static cling. If I am drying something particularly static-y, like a sweater, in the winter when our home’s air is extra dry, I might get some static cling in the clothes, but if I air-dry that same sweater, instead of putting it in the dryer, I have no problems with static in my other clothes. I LOVE finding ways to do my job in less time, more effectively, for less cost and in a healthier, more natural way. Wool dryer balls are the perfect solution to achieving each of those goals! They can get pretty pricey, though, depending on where you buy them — anywhere from $30 to $50, + shipping, for four is not uncommon.
Guess what? You can save even more money, by making your own, rather than buying them. The even better news? It’s EASY! All you need is 100% Wool Roving Yarn. If you have a great, inexpensive source for some, that’s awesome! If not, I buy mine on Amazon. There are many colors available and I can buy it for as little as $4.99 a 3.5 oz skein, depending on which colors I select; which is less than half the cost of buying pre-made wool dryer balls. Are you convinced? I hope so! Let’s do some laundry and save some money! Here’s the easy instructions to make wool dryer balls for your own laundry room.
Making your own dryer balls is as simple as winding skeins of wool roving yarn into balls, stuffing them into old nylons, wahing them in hot water and drying them. I washed and dried mine three times to get them to felt. Once felted, they hold together on their own and will give you load after load of energy and laundry savings! I think these are such an awesome idea for gifts — Christmas, of course, but also bridal showers, weddings, college students, housewarmings or just because gifts. I love giving gifts that have a purpose and can make a positive impact on the receiver’s budget.