Tutorial: Wool Dryer Balls. goodmama
Like many others (I hope!), I’m always trying to cut back on unnatural products if they aren’t an absolute necessity (I’m sorry. Deodorant is an absolute necessity in my house. I wish those crystal rock things worked for me but alas, they do not. Believe me, it’s much better this way…for everyone.)
We had given up dryer sheets a while ago and hadn’t really noticed that much of a difference in the softness of our clothes but ever the curious crafter, I decided we should give dryer balls a try. Sure, you could just throw a couple of tennis balls in with the laundry but have you ever smelled one right out of the package? The do not smell good. Very chemical-ly, yuck.
Goodmama’s tutorial was the perfect answer! These took quite a while to wind but it was actually quite meditative and relaxing (I made these before the arrival of our Little One, when I actually had time to sit and wind string.)
I had the bright idea to add green felt pieces to the finished balls to make them look like little Earths but I ended up finding pieces of Africa and Europe all throughout my first load of laundry. Turns out I suck at felting. Other then the unfortunate Continent Catastrope, the balls worked great. I could totally tell the difference in our bath towels. Eventually the balls began to to unwind and I had to throw them away but that was after quite a few loads (approx. 6 months). Not too bad!