I think we can all agree that when we think of laundry, we don’t think happy thoughts.
Who wants laundry gear for Christmas? It’s like gifting hemorrhoid cream.
Let’s just not and say we did.
But these dryer balls are genius.
You & your friends will love them.
We all have to do laundry, unfortunately. So why not have some fun with it?
These dryer balls make your clothes so much softer & delicious smelling than your regular old dryer sheets. You can just keep reusing them over & over again with a quick monthly recharge. Plus, they simultaneously fluff your laundry causing them to dry faster & wrinkle less.
Gift a set of scented dryer balls along with a laundry sign, let’s make laundry fun again!
(Or at least, more fun 😉 )
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But don’t worry, I only recommend products that I actually use & love.
FELTED DRYER BALLS
WHAT YOU NEED
100% WOOL YARN
This is imperative.
Etch it in stone.
If there is nothing else you remember, remember this…
MUST be 100% wool yarn.
Or else, the yarn will not felt & the project will not work.
When the bank nixed the pantyhose as a dress code requirement, it was all I could do to not burn the stuff.
I threw it as far down the trash can as possible.
Unfortunately, it turned out that I needed a pair for this project.
So I had to go out and obtain the cheapest pair of pantyhose available.
Lucky for us modern women, it’s incredibly cheap!
Regular old white vinegar is perfect.
Vinegar is known for it’s ability to freshen up laundry, kill germs, & clean, clean, clean.
Once you use essential oils in your laundry, you’ll never want to go back to dryer sheets.
So soft & so delicious smelling.
My favorite oils to use in laundry include:
You can read more on the benefits of EO & why I chose Young Living here.
CROCHET HOOK or PLASTIC NEEDLE
Any old hook or needle will do.
This is just to pull the last little strand of yarn through the dryer ball & secure it.
If I could choose, I would have used a plastic needle (easier to pull through) but the crochet hook was what I had on hand.
No harm done.
WHAT TO DO
If you’ve ever dabbled in knitting, this will be a piece of cake for you.
Like, do-it-with-your-eyes-closed easy.
Take up your yarn & cut a SIX FOOT length.
I just looped it around my arm a few times because I’m not a really specific person when it comes to these things.
Then fold your loop in half.
Fold it again.
Until it’s approximately a 2 inch long piece.
Take the end of your yarn and tie it in the middle.
This will give you the form & “stuffing” for the middle of your yarn ball.
Now we’re going to start “rollin’ rollin’ rollin’.”
Make sure to roll evenly, changing up the center every few rolls so that it ends up truly round.
Keep on plugging away until your yarn ball is 3-4 inches wide.
When you’re pleased with the shape & size, cut off just enough to pull through.
Then grab your hook or needle & push the end of the yarn right through the middle.
Keep making as many yarn balls as you please. I think I made three large & three small within 10-15 minutes.
You really get into it–one of those mindless tasks to keep your hands busy.
When you’re all done, grab your pantyhose. Cut off the uncomfortable control top, you just need the legging (You have my permission to burn the remains).
Stuff one yarn ball into the bottom of your hose, tie a knot–then stuff another yarn ball in, tie a knot–and keep going until all the yarn balls are tightly secured in your hose.
For once in it’s existence, your pantyhose has proven to be useful.
Now all we have to do is toss this yarn ball legging into our next load of wash.
Run it through one full cycle: wash & dry. This will felt the wool. It’s like magic. Prepare to be mesmerized.
When your wool balls are completely, grab a bowl & fill it with a 1/2 cup of vinegar and 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil.
The goal isn’t to soak the dryer balls, but to toss them enough in the mixture to coat them.
Then set them in another bowl to air dry.
When they’re all dry–it’s time to party in the laundry room!
Wrap these up with a sign & some essential oil or set them on top of your dryer…to give away or keep, that is the question.
Every month, fill up a bowl with 1/2 cup vinegar & 10-20 drops essential oil to “recharge” for another month of awesome laundry. When gifting, make sure to include a tag with instructions.
I mixed lavender & lemon for this batch. Smelling fresh ALLLLLLLL day.
What scent do you love snuggling up to?
Stop back tomorrow for the ninth day of our DIY Christmas! Wrapping the last few days up with some really REALLY last minute gift ideas. xx