With so much emphasis placed on knowing where our food comes from, it’s easy to forget that sustainability can apply to the laundry room, as well as the kitchen. Felted wool dryer balls are an easy way to reduce your household’s carbon footprint, keeping harmful chemicals away from your clothes and dryer sheets out of the landfill. Plus, they’re a simple project that can be made in less than an hour. Here’s how.
Pick up a couple skeins of 100-percent wool yarn. The colors don’t matter (so have fun with them) but your fiber content does. Yarns with non-wool fibers will not felt well. If possible, source your yarn from a local fiber artist. Each skein yields about two baseball-sized yarn balls, and I typically use four balls.
Step 7 (optional)
If desired, add 25 to 30 drops of your favorite essential oil to each ball to scent your laundry. I like to use bergamot essential oil, but other scents you might find pleasing include lavender, rosemary and eucalyptus. Note: You'll have to periodically recharge your balls with essential oil when the scent dissipates.