DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks - Engineer Mommy
May 222017
 

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Some people may find doing the laundry a monotonous chore. However, with the right products and some clever hacks, doing the laundry can be downright fun. Yes, I said fun! Today, I’ll be sharing the tutorial for making Wool Dryer Balls. Furthermore, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite laundry hacks, including using Purex® Crystals Fabulously Fresh as the perfect in-wash fragrance booster!

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

Want to make one of these dryer balls for yourself? Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • skeins of 100% wool yarn
  • nylon pantyhose
  • scissors
  • crochet hook or paint key

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks


1. Start by wrapping some yarn around two fingers about 15 times.
DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks


2. Pull the yarn off your fingers and wrap the yarn in the opposite direction about 15 times. This is what the yarn should look like at this point.
DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks


3. Keep wrapping the yarn around, changing directions frequently to create a ball shape.
DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks


4. Once you’ve reached the desired size (mine is about the size of a tennis ball), you can stop wrapping. Cut the yarn tail, leaving about 6 inches of length.
DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks


5. Insert a paint key (or crochet hook) under several strands of yarn.
DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks


6. Wrap the yarn tail around the end of the paint key a few times and then pull the yarn through. We are trying to embed the loose yarn into the ball.
DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks


7. Repeat the process to embed the yarn a few times until the yarn tail cannot unravel itself.
DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks


8. I made three of these babies. Aren’t they cute… these little balls of yarn?
DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks


9. Now insert the balls into some nylon pantyhose, tying a knot in the pantyhose between each ball.
DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks


10. Throw the pantyhose filled with dryer balls in the washing machine & dryer. Make sure the dryer balls are fully dried. Here is what they look like when they come out. They’re now felted, as the individual strands of yarn have blended together more.
DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks


Here’s a close-up of one ball. Notice how smooth and round this ball is!
DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks


Simply throw a few of these balls in your dryer to reduce static, soften clothing, decrease drying time, etc.
DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks


Now that you know how to make these wool dryer balls, I want to share a few other laundry hacks with you.

Add a Great Scent to Clothing

Want to enjoy clothing that smells great for a long time? Use Purex Crystals! During a recent trip to Walmart, I picked up Purex Crystals Fabulously Fresh, which imparts an amazing just-washed freshness into your laundry. I also picked up Purex Crytals Fresh Mountain Breeze, which is reminiscent of the crisp air of a fresh breeze to brighten your laundry experience.

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks


One thing I really love about Purex Crystals is that they provide an awesome 12 weeks of freshness! Plus, I get a fabulous scent at a fabulous price! Can’t beat that!
DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks


Simply pour a little or a lot of this in-wash fragrance booster into the convenient cap. See the little green crystals of fresh-smelling greatness.
DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks


Dispense directly into the drum before clothing and wash as usual. It’s such an easy way to make the clothing smell great for 12 weeks. I love the varieties I selected, but there were so many other scents to choose from. Keep an eye out for products in the Aromatherapy category featuring essential oils (such as Aromatherapy Well Being & Aromatherapy Tahitian Breeze) and products in the dye-free Botanicals category (such as Warm Sandalwood & Vanilla and Cherry Blossom & Ginger).
DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

Corral Loose Change

Do you find loose change in your washing machine? Take a few minutes before washing to check all pockets and set aside a glass jar to collect all the coins (and other random stuff you find in pockets).

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

Refresh Old Sweaters

Are your sweaters showing signs of wear? Get rid of all that pilling with a razor. Simply shave away the excess lint & pills and enjoy a like-new sweater!

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

Tackle Grease Stains

Chalk works wonders on grease and oil stains. Leave some chalk by the washing machine so you can absorb the excess oil before throwing clothing in the machine.

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

Remove Wrinkles Quickly

Need to leave the house in a hurry and your shirt is wrinkled? Throw the shirt in the dryer, along with an ice cube, for a fresh, wrinkle-free shirt in minutes!

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

Easy Kid’s Clothing Storage

When it comes to kid’s clothing, baskets are your friend. Skip all the folding and throw pajamas, pants, and skirts in designated baskets. Bonus: Kids can help put away clothing!

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks

To keep up-to-date on the latest news & promotions from Purex, be sure to check them out on Facebook and Instagram. Look for Purex Crystals at your local Walmart store in the laundry care aisles. By the way, Purex Crystals is now on Rollback so take advantage of this wonderful deal while it lasts.
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Now, learn more about streamlining your laundry routine with Purex Crystals and tell me: What is your best laundry tip? Have you ever experienced the lovely 12 weeks of freshness from Purex?







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18 Responses to “DIY Wool Dryer Balls & Other Laundry Hacks”

  1. I want to make my own dryer balls. I think it seems like a better option than what I am currently using. They seem easy to make, too.

  2. I’ve heard that the wool dryer balls really cut down on drying time. I’ve used the Purex crystals before and they smell so nice!

  3. Love the DIY Wool Dryer Balls and all of your laundry hacks. I don’t mind doing the laundry, especially with these great laundry hacks. Putting the clothes away once they are clean and folded – that’s the part I don’t like. :)

  4. I’ve heard about these wool dryer balls. I need to make one. I also need to pick up those Purex crystals. They sound awesome.

  5. I never knew how to make the dryer balls and didn’t realize how easy it was to make mine own. Always into making our own stuff. I’m not using the dryer much right now, we use the clothes line as much as possible. I can make these for this winter.

  6. Not sure if we have Purex brand in my neck of the woods but I will check it out. I enjoy doing my personal laundry and that’s all.

  7. Thank you for letting me know how to make my own dryer balls. That isn’t difficult at all!! I like the tip on how to remove wrinknles on our clothes.

  8. OK I need to try and make myself some of those dryer balls what a great idea, I wouldn’t have thought of making my own at all!

  9. OMG these are super cool hacks. I totally never would have thought about some of these. I am totally going to try them.

  10. So many great laundry tips in this post! I have never heard of the ice cube/dryer combo to remove stains. Great idea!

  11. I need to make some of these wool drier balls. It is a great way to cut back on static buildup. I always use a razor to clean off the fuzz from my clothes.

  12. I haven’t thought of this before. I should give this one a try as it will make my life easier.

  13. I havent thought about this before. Good idea if you like wool. I dont use the stuff. :(

  14. Loved this, these are so easy ways to tackle all problems. Great tips. The chalk and the oil trick is the best one. Thanks for sharing the article and information!

  15. Those are some handy tips! I’ve never used the chalk idea before.

  16. This is a cool DIY! Great rips.. The oil trick is my favorite! I’ll bookmark this for future reference.

  17. That is so cool. I didn’t know I could make wool dryer balls at home. I love Purex crystals too.

  18. Washing and drying clothes is a never-ending story in our house so I’m loving your hacks. I really want to try and make my own dryer balls too.

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