I heard something this past year about dryer sheets being toxic. And, I remember asking my sister if they were toxic to humans or to the environment. She said - both. Whoa. That made me think about what I just pop into my clothes every time I do laundry. And, when I checked this out online, it said that children were especially susceptible to the toxins.
Upon reading another blog, the author mentioned that she made wool dryer balls. So, after a quick search, I came up with this great tutorial. According to what I could find on-line, these were a natural way to eliminate fabric softener and increase dryer efficiency. Well, I figured it was worth a try.
The balls are very easy to make - if you want a simple project - this is the one for you! But, I still had to prove that they were effective.
During the first and second feltings, I washed the balls with sheets in hot water, dried on high heat. The sheets were not clingy or filled with static and I had not used fabric softener. Next, I threw one in with a regular load of wet clothes and started the dryer. My load was dry and static free!
Note: In recent weeks/months, I had been having to run my dryer through TWO cycles to get my clothes dry. Since using these dryer balls, my clothes have been dry after only one cycle! I did notice a little bit of static in one load, but overall have not had an issue with this. I'm curious about someone in a drier climate using this - as the static may pose more of a concern.
I have not used any fabric softener since we got back from our big road trip - over a month ago. And, I've only once had to run the dryer through two cycles when a really heavy towel was in the load.
I used one 8 oz. skein of Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool ($9 at Hobby Lobby) and made six dryer balls with it. I loved the feel and look of this yarn and it felted beautifully! Please take special note that washable yarn will NOT work for this project - you need 100% wool yarn!
Oh, and don't they look so cute all wrapped up in cellophane bags ready to give?! I think these would make a great stocking stuffer! Has anyone else tried an unconventional fabric softener?
PS: Carol of Pure Sugar is offering a Handknit Holiday book and yarn giveaway - the deadline is today, so hurry on over!