The BALLS have IT!

Therapeutic Thursday

I’ve mentioned before my quest to rid my life of chemicals. Well, since I loathe static cling on my clothes, I figured dryer sheet would always be apart of my life. Well guess what! I’m tossing the sheets from the dryer to the garbage. I found a solution! Wool balls solve it.


For the past month now, I’ve been using wool balls in my dryer. It prevents static cling. Honest! I know, I’m still amazed about it as you probably are. But…it really works. And they’re really easy to make.


So, we start with pure wool yarn. I was only able to find it at JoAnn’s. Walmart has 90% wool, but we need pure wool. So, if you know of another source that sells pure wool yarn in this area, please share and leave it in the comments below. Yarn color didn’t matter to me, so I just purchased what was on sale. I bought four skeins at $3.97 each bringing the project total to $15.88. (I am not really that fast at math; it took me a few minutes to add this…and I had to use a calculator.) This made four balls — a skein of yarn for each ball — just in case you missed that. Hey listen, I state the obvious because I’m usually the one missing the obvious. I digress.

Continuing on with the project, I rolled each skein of yarn into a ball. This was somewhat fun — I live with low expectations for my life. In fact, this brought back memories of getting ready for a past project. A project that would sit unfinished for years until I finally couldn’t take anymore and gave it away to the thrift store. Okay. So, the memories this activity brought wasn’t so pleasant, but this experience turned out different. This could be life changing!

Crochet hook

Using a crochet hook, I pulled the end of the yarn through the middle of the ball to secure it tight. And that’s the beauty of this project — we’re almost done!

Place balls in an old nylon stocking with knots between each ball.


Wash the balls in the clothes washer. It’s OKAY — you can wash the wool — we won’t tell. Then dry the set of balls in your dryer. Boy, we’re breaking all the rules here!

When completely dry, cut out the balls out of the nylon and you’re set to go. I store these in a large glass jar on my dryer.

How to use them

With each use, apply 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil to each ball and place in dryer with a load of clothes. I promise this will work. In fact, the research claimed to even reduce drying time on your laundry load. Cool! Nifty and thrifty!

The only problem I’ve had with the balls is I have adult children living with me. Need I say more? Well actually they’ve saved me more times than I can count. However, they do their own laundry and sometimes I have to hunt down the balls.

Please let me know if you use these or if you’re intrigued and “gotta” try them. Please put comments below. I would love to hear about your experience.

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