Tips & Tricks: Wool Dryer Balls

by Andrea Cooley

Now that there's a baby in the house, we're doing a lot more laundry! I now count it a good day when I don't have to do a load. (Part of the reason there's so much laundry is that we're doing cloth diapers–which is goint great–but that's an extra 2 loads a week) That means we're using more detergent and fabric softener.

I order Charlie's Laundry Soap from Amazon. It's good for cloth diapers and I use it for everything. Anyone else use this?

Someone told me that fabric softener is one of the most toxic thing in your house. Who knew!? I had seen how to make wool dryer balls over at One Good Thing by Jillee and thought I'd give it a try.

All you need is wool yarn and an old pair of pantyhose. I made 4 yarn balls, about 4-inches in diameter while watching Parenthood–I'm all caught up now and the season's almost over, what am I going to do!? Put the balls in a pair of pantyhose. Use pieces of non-wool yarn to separate them. Throw them in a load of laundry, the hotter the water the better. Then put them in the dryer and you're done! I've never felted wool before, but it's the same process. The hot water breaks down the wool fibers.

Now I just keep the balls in the dryer. So far they work great! Has anyone else tried this? I know you can buy rubber dryer balls, but these are so much cheaper! I think the skeen of yarn was $7 and I have enough left to make at least one more set.

AND they cut your drying time! So no toxic chemicals, no more buying fabric softener, and quicker drying!

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Andrea Cooley

  1. We LOVE our Wool dryer balls!  I did not have time to make mine and bought a 6 pack from 3 years ago and they are still working in my dryer today!  Saved us money as we no longer buy softeners as we use cloth diapers.  They also sell them at

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