Recently, there was a post about Natural Fabric Softener, a fan replied asking if there was an alternative to vinegar, and here it is:
Why should you use dryer balls to replace fabric softeners/sheets?
– Inexpensive natural way to soften fabrics
– Cut dry times (depends on make/model of dryer and amount of balls used, some say from 10 to 30%)
– Helps cut down on wrinkles
– Safe for those of us out there with sensitive skin
– Non Static
– Naturally makes clothes smell fresher and cleaner (wool can absorb toxins and odors and I add essential oils to mine)
How do they work?
These dryer balls are made of 100% wool, which wool can absorb up to 30% of it weight in moisture without feeling damp. When the balls are in with your laundry, they separate items that will want to stick together. This helps reduce drying times as clothes aren’t matted together and air can circulate around your clothing. Also the friction of the balls against the clothes softens the clothes and reduces static.
Dryer balls are very easy to make you will need:
– 100% wool yarn (I used Fishermen’s Wool by Lion)
– panty hose
– non wool string
– washer and dryer
Instructions on How to Make Wool Dryer Balls can be found here. 🙂 Enjoy! I’ve made mine and am loving them… no more dryer sheets or fabric softeners from the store!!! And these dryer balls will last for years!