How to Make Wool Dryer Balls

Wool Dryer Balls

How to make Wool Dryer Balls an Oldie but Goodies…

  • Reusable 100% Wool Dryer Balls are a cost efficient, eco-friendly way to decrease your clothes drying time.
  • Eliminate the need to purchase commercial dryer sheets which are often times filled with harmful chemicals and perfumes.
  • Reduce static and increase the fluffiness of your clothes

Wool Dryer Balls can help reduce wrinkles and make your clothes softer.  As the wool dryer balls bounce around they allow air to circulate through your clothes and by adding multiple dryer balls, to the cycle, you will decrease your clothes drying time. TIME SAVED and MONEY!!! I’ll show you how to make wool dryer balls…scroll down for written instruction or check out my video.

Make wool dryer balls
DIY Wool Dryer Balls Using Hot Water

So How Do They Work…

It’s simple. They bounce around in the dryer separating clothes, allowing more hot air to circulate through your garments. As they tumble, the wool balls fluff your laundry and reduce wrinkles. They do so much more than a dryer sheet by pulling moisture out of your clothes so you don’t have to run the dryer as long. The more dryer balls you have in your load, the shorter the drying time will be.

How to Make Them, in a Nutshell…

Using  100% wool yarn, wrap yarn into balls, place in stocking, wash in hot water, dry on high heat and Ta-Da… You’re ready to save time and money…

You Will Need:

  • skein of 100% wool yarn (avoid “machine washable”)
  • scissors
  • pantyhose (knee highs work too)
  • crotchet hook or tapestry needle
  • a piece of string or cotton/acrylic yarn


Make wool dryer balls
Materials Needed


Let’s get Started:

  1. Begin wrapping your wool yarn around your first two fingers about 10 times.
  2. Pull yarn off fingers and pitch the center. Begin, wrapping yarn around the center, turning the yarn as you wrap.
  3. Continue wrapping until your ball is the desired size. (I make mine the size of tennis balls). This size also allows for multiple dryer balls to be created from one skein of wool yarn.
  4. Using a crochet hook or tapestry needle push the end of the thread under layers of yarn. Pull it through and cut the end.
  5. If using pantyhose, cut the leg off. If using knee highs just put balls into the toe of the hose. Using the yarn, tie tightly in between each ball. (Don’t use the wool yarn for the tying it will felt around the hose). When all balls have been placed in the hosiery, tie off the end.

Option 1:

6a. Place the wool balls in the washing machine and wash on hot. You will have to run through two cycles

Option 2:

6b. Place the wool balls in a bowl that has a lid. Boil some water and pour the water over the wool balls. Cover and let sit for at least 15 minutes. The wool dryer balls should be submerged in the water. Add additional water’ once some of the water has been absorbed by the wool balls, if necessary.

Make wool dryer balls
Using Boiling Water is a Simple Way to Create Dryer Balls

6c. Allow the wool balls to sit in the water for approx. 45 minutes, to insure the dryer balls felt.  Pour off water and squeeze out extra water.

  1. Place the dryer balls in the dryer, on the hot cycle. If they are still wet then place in the dryer for another drying cycle.
  2. Remove the wool dryer balls from dryer
  3. Cut away the string and peel out your money saving dryer wool balls, from pantyhose.
  4. Apply Essential Oil, if desire, to add fragrance to your laundry.


Make wool dryer balls
Complete Wool Dryer Balls


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