How to Make Eco-Friendly Dryer Balls

In this simple project, your washer and dryer do most of the work.

Skill Level

Beginner

Time

4 hours or more

Skill level
Beginner
Time
4 hours or more
Written By

The Etsy Studio Team

Written By

The Etsy Studio Team

Reduce drying time and add a custom scent to your laundry with these eco-friendly dryer balls. In this project, you'll learn how to wind wool roving into tidy balls of yarn and use your washer and dryer to felt them. Once finished, add a few drops of essential oil and toss them into the dryer with your wet laundry to fluff, scent, and cut down on drying time by evenly distributing heat and preventing wet clothes or linens from sticking together. Magic!

You will need

You might already have

Pantyhose
Washing machine
Dryer
 

Step 1: Start winding

Wind roving a few times around three fingers.
 

Step 2: Make a bundle

Remove from your fingers. Wind roving around the middle to create a bundle.
 

Step 3: Keep winding

Continue winding roving around the bundle, switching directions every so often to create an even ball. Keep wrapping until the ball of roving is about the size of a baseball.
 

Step 4: Cut and secure

Cut the roving. Tuck the end into the ball to secure.
 

Step 5: Repeat

Repeat as many times as you’d like to create more dryer balls. We recommend 4-5 dryer balls per load of laundry. Once you’re done wrapping, set the dryer balls aside. Tip: You may want to create two sets of dryer balls, one set for light-colored laundry and one set for dark-colored loads.
 

Step 5: Cut pantyhose

Use the scissors to cut both full legs off the pantyhose. You'll use these to secure the balls of roving so they don't unravel while they felt in the washer and dryer.
 
 

Step 6: Add the dryer balls

Carefully stuff one dryer ball snugly into the toe of one of the pantyhose legs. Tie a knot in the hose tightly against the roving ball.
 

Step 7: Continue adding and knotting

Take another dryer ball in the same color as the last, and stuff it into the hose tightly against the first knot you made. Tie another knot to secure the second ball into place. Continue this method until you’ve secured all the dryer balls of the same color into one leg of the hose, creating a final knot above the last ball. You should be left with something that looks like a giant caterpillar. It's okay to laugh – we did! Repeat with other leg of hose if you're creating a second set of dryer balls.
 

Step 8: Felt the roving balls

Place the knotted yarn balls in your washing machine and wash on HOT. No detergent required. Once they’ve run through a hot washing cycle, toss the hose with dryer balls into the dryer and dry on HOT. Repeat wash/dry process 3-4 times, or until dryer balls are tightly felted and completely dry. Use scissors to carefully cut the felted dryer balls free from the hose.
 

Step 9: Add essential oils

To use your dryer balls, place a few drops of essential oil on each dryer ball before tossing into the dryer with wet clothes or linens. Dry on preferred heat setting. Tip: Read labels to be sure your essential oils aren’t mixed with a carrier oil such as jojoba, which may stain clothes.
 

All done!

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