In the last 6 months I have not bought a single box of dryer sheets; that was an expense that did not excite me. I found something better and cheaper!
I liked the softness and smell they gave the laundry, but did not like spending money for it. I preferred the idea of a one-time expense verses an "over and over" expense. I had seen dryer balls in the store from time to time and wondered if they worked. I finally took the plunge and bought a package of two, paying about $9. They were advertised to cut drying time, soften my laundry, and cut down on wrinkles. I do believe that they made the drying time shorter, especially on loads of towels which seem to take forever to dry. I also liked being able to use them on towels since dryer sheets keep towels from being very absorbent (due to the filmy coating they leave behind). This was not a problem with the dryer balls: no filminess!
|Jackson - chewing on a |
rawhide rather than a dryer ball
With my coupon, I paid $7.48 for my 8 oz. of pure wool yarn. Once home, I began winding the yarn into a ball. As you can see in the picture, I first wound the yarn around two of my fingers - about 20 times - then slipped it off.
Holding it, I began to wind the yarn around this foundation.
In about 20 minutes, I had a large ball that looked like this:
I cut the end of the yarn and tucked it inside the ball. Then I made another one. And another one. And another one. By the time I was finished, I had 4 yarn balls, using all 8 oz. of yarn.
The instructions I found on the internet said to put the yarn balls inside of a pair of pantyhose or an old sock and tie them off individually. I went to the basket that holds our unmatched, solo socks and pulled out a nice, long soccer sock that had lost its buddy. I put the 4 yarn balls in and tied off each one with some all-purpose string.
|One sausage you will not want to eat.|
Then I tossed the whole thing into the washer and dryer with a load of laundry in order to felt it. Felting is a process that, by using hot-then-cold water, along with the heat of a dryer, shrinks the wool and keeps it from unraveling. This is why you buy the kind of wool yarn that is not machine washable; it will not felt. You do not have to put it in with a load of laundry, but why waste the water and electricity? I actually did this twice just to make sure it was not ever going to come undone in the dryer. I don't know that you have to do this, but it made me feel better.
And this is what they looked like after:
|Nice and soft|
That is it. For less than $8 I have 4 dryer balls that keep my laundry soft, less wrinkled, drying faster, and saving me money. When I want to make my laundry smell extra good, I put a few drops of essential oil on them before tossing them in the dryer. These can be used for years and are supposed to be allergy-free, even if you have a wool allergy. What's not to love about them?
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