DIY Wool Dryer Balls Reduce Dryer Time

The title of this blog post were the words I used for a Google search yesterday, as a question, and the answer from over 10 bloggers was resoundingly “yes.”

I had to find this out for myself.

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So, I went to my yarn basket and found a few balls of 100% wool yarn that we hadn’t used for years and wound a few contrasting colors of yarn around them. If you’re not sure if your yarn is wool or acrylic, check out this article that’ll help you determine what’s what.

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I also took some old knitting projects the kids had done (half-finished scarves and finger knitting garlands), balled them up, wound more wool yarn around them to make them into tennis ball and soft ball size.

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I then grabbed a few oddball socks out of my single socks box (yes, we have hundreds) and placed one wool ball inside one sock and tied off the end.

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I did this for each of the balls, until I had 6 balls-in-socks, ready for the washing machine.

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I put the cycle on high and threw in a few towels and T-shirts. I did the cycle twice, just to be sure that the wool balls were felting up. The wet wash then went into the dryer for a high heat cycle.

The outer tied-off socks were easy to untie and I rescued the now-felted-wool balls from their sock prisons. Each one felted up pretty nicely!

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Experts at this have suggested putting a few drops of your favorite essential oil on the wool balls about every 4th load you dry, so I found some rosemary (so my son won’t feel that he smells too flowery and to also keep buggies off of us (they don’t like rosemary.))

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Now, the true test was upon me: If I ran a load of laundry with wet towels through the dryer, would 6 wool dryer balls reduce the dry time? The answer is resoundingly yes. Typically, we have to run our towels through our high heat normal dryer cycle twice. This time, with 6 dryer balls, I only had to run them once! So, that’s a win. I figure this will save our family on dryer time (i.e lower our electricity bill) during the winter months when we can’t put our laundry out to dry in the sun.

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Oh, and the wool dryer balls also are a replacement for fabric softener (we’ve never used it anyway) and dryer sheets (ditto) as they remove static cling, soften your fabrics and add a lovely scent via your essential oil!

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8 thoughts on “DIY Wool Dryer Balls Reduce Dryer Time

  1. Have you ever considered making a Sock Quilt? I made one by sewing socks onto an old sheet, then backing it with a blue batik. I tied the quilt with blue and purple embroidery floss and it’s the quilt I sleep under every night this time of year. It’s SUPER heavy. When I’ve showed it to anyone, the response is almost always positive. I loaned it to my aunt for a quilt show once along with a half dozen others (which were admittedly more traditional) and she didn’t submit it. But I was wondering what “real quilters” would think of it so I took it in on the day I visited the show and the ladies just thrilled over it. My aunt was amazed at all the attention it got. Not bad for a bunch of old holey socks!

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