If you’re still using traditional fabric softeners, you might be surprised to learn that they often contain chemicals that mimic the scents they advertise. How about switching to an all-natural, cost-effective alternative? Making your own wool dryer balls infused with essential oils is a simple way to get that pleasant aroma and softness naturally. Not only are they environmentally friendly, but they also can be used for years to come!
What You’ll Need:
- 100 percent wool yarn or other 100 percent animal yarn
- Pantyhose (Tip: Use pantyhose with runs for an upcycling idea!)
Step 1: Create the Yarn Balls
- Wrap the yarn around your middle and index finger 10 times.
- Remove the loop from your fingers, and wrap the yarn around the center 2–3 times, creating a bow shape.
- Continue wrapping the yarn tightly around this core, molding it into a round shape.
- Once the ball reaches roughly the size of a tennis ball, cut the yarn and tuck the loose ends into the ball.
Repeat these steps until you have at least four yarn balls.
Step 2: Secure the Balls in Pantyhose
- Cut off one leg of the pantyhose.
- Insert one yarn ball into the bottom of the cut leg.
- Tie a knot right above the ball to secure it in place.
- Repeat the process for all yarn balls.
Step 3: Felt the Balls
- Place the secured pantyhose in the washing machine, preferably with a load of laundry.
- Wash on the hottest setting. The hot water will help the yarn to felt.
- After washing, place them in the dryer at the highest heat setting until fully dry.
Step 4: Scent with Essential Oils
- Once the balls are dry, remove them from the pantyhose.
- Add 2–3 drops of your favorite doTERRA essential oils like Lavender, Lemon, or Bergamot to each ball.
- Toss them in the dryer with your laundry and enjoy soft, aromatic clothing!
- 2–3 drops of essential oil per ball should last for a few loads. Feel free to add more for a stronger scent.
Fun Laundry Tips:
- Combat static cling by tossing a ball of aluminum foil into the dryer.
- For an extra burst of fragrance, add a few drops of essential oils to a washcloth and include it in the dryer.
- Add a few drops of Lemon essential oil to the wash cycle for grease and oil stain removal.
Making your own wool dryer balls is a fun, simple, and eco-friendly way to make your laundry smell great naturally. They’re reusable, free of toxins, and can be scented with your favorite doTERRA essential oils. So why not give it a try?
Disclaimer: This DIY project is meant for personal use and has not been evaluated for safety, effectiveness, or environmental impact. Always test essential oils on a small portion of fabric to ensure they do not stain or damage it.