DIY Yarn + Essential Oil Dryer Balls

Amanda C, Hometalk Team
by Amanda C, Hometalk Team
3 Materials
1 Hour
If you are trying to rid your life of unwanted chemicals then this is a great way to start. I mean who really wants to dry their clothing, towels, and sheets with chemicals? This project is not only a way to get rid of some chemicals in your life, but it is also super green! With a couple skeins of yarn and some essential oils you can make some lovely smelling reusable dryer balls that are free of any harmful chemicals!
STEP 1: Take the end of your yarn and wrap it around 4 fingers about 10 times.

STEP 2: Carefully remove the yarn from your fingers keeping it wound and wrap the yarn down the middle in the opposite direction 10 times.
STEP 3: Keep wrapping yarn around in all directions wrapping 10 times every time you change directions.

The yarn will start to really shape into ball form. When it reaches the size of a tennis ball you are set!
STEP 4: Cut the ball away from the skein of yarn leaving a nice size tail.
STEP 5: Tuck the tail of the yarn into the ball several times so it is nice and secure!

Repeat making as many balls as you wish...
STEP 6: Take your first ball and tuck it into the stocking all the way down into the toe of one leg.
STEP 7: Tie a knot above the yarn ball to secure it in place. Add another ball and tie another knot behind that one as well.
STEP 8: Continue adding the yarn balls and knots until all the balls are inside the stocking.
STEP 9: Throw your yarn stocking into the wash with a load of towels and let it go through the hottest cycle possible.

Once it is done being washed throw it in the dryer as well.
STEP 10: Undo the knots and remove all the yarn balls from the stocking. They should be nice and secure. Because of the yarn being wool the balls really gain their shape while in the washer and dryer.
STEP 11: Add the essential oils of your choice to the balls by adding a few drops all around each of the balls. I used lavender and rosemary, but you can add any you would like. When you feel like the balls are losing their fragrance simply add several more drops before throwing them in the dryer with your load.
STEP 12: Let the essential oils dry and then they are ready to be used!
These lil fuzzy guys are of course not for looks, but they are kinda cute hehe...
I can't wait to use these! They smell wonderful and will be much less annoying than dryer sheets that get stuck to everything.
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  • Cindy Cindy on Mar 24, 2020

    I have added essential oil to the wool balls that I purchased and it will leave residue on my clothes. Do these do that?

  • Nancy Ritchie Nancy Ritchie on Mar 26, 2020

    How many balls can you get with a skein?

  • Sjn Sjn on Mar 24, 2021

    Will it put lint on close?

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  • Maxine Maxine on Jun 21, 2021

    I have these balls and they were pricey to purchase. I will be on the lookout

    for the proper yarn at tag sales and thrift stores.

  • Carey Carey on Aug 15, 2021

    Using thrifted yarn for this is such a good idea! I purchased the ones that i have at a discount store, so they were a bit cheaper than normal. But I do think that I will try the yarn made ones and putting some fragrance inside them. That way I will have some that I can use with my pet beds. I used a wool sweater that I felted to make a sweater for my dog, a longhair Doxxy. It turned out okay but he refused to wear anything! I could put it on him, but he would go under the roses and come out with no sweater. Believe me, going under the roses to retrieve it was not pleasant so I gave up! He didn't have to wear it! LOL