|Three dryer balls and a little extra yarn|
I never had any intention of using dryer balls in my life time. I’ve never used a dryer sheet (they creep me out) and I guess soft cloths don’t mean much to me. But one day I read the description of wool dryer balls for sale on a cloth diaper website, and they claimed it would reduce your drying time by 25 to 50%, and I figured why not?
From the looks of the thing, a dryer ball was just a ball of wool yarn that had been through the wash, I decided this would be an easy project, and an easy way to use up this pitiful knitting project I abandoned 7 years ago. Here’s how it’s done:
1. Make a ball of wool yarn about 4 to 6 inches in diameter, and cut the yarn.
2. Take a crotchet hook or very large sewing needle and shove it all the way through your ball, hook the yarn, and pull it through to the other side.
3. Repeat step 2 2-3 times till you feel confident it won’t unravel.
4. Throw it in the wash with your next load (I put mine in with the diapers because I didn’t care if they got stained, but a cold cycle would do fine)
5. Throw them in the dryer.
Now it’s been felted and it’s ready to use.
|Balled up knitted material.|
|Wrap the yarn around the material, push the hook through, wrap the yarn around it the hook, and pull it back.|
|Materials- scrap yarn and scrap knitted wool|
Alternatively, take a piece of knitted material. In my case they’re these weird rectangles, but you could also use an old sweater that’s cut up. Roll it into a ball, then wrap some extra yarn around it, and follow step 2 with the crotchet hook. It’s a little misshapen, but it does the job. To make three it took me about 20 to 30 minutes.
For the best results you should have at least 6 balls. Throw them in the dryer with your wet clothes, and they supposedly reduce your drying time, soften your clothes, and thwart static. I find they reduce my drying time a little, certainly not 50%. As for softer and static-free clothes, I haven’t noticed much of a difference, but like I said, I wouldn’t be one to notice.
Try it: Free
Buy it: $19.95 for 3 on Amazon
Verdict: Try it if you have the supplies on hand or can find it in a thrift shop super cheap, otherwise I doubt it’s worth the price of wool yarn.