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Living on Less

Wool Dryer Balls

Ever since my first visit to the Soap Dispensary I have been wanting my own wool dryer balls. They sell 100% wool dryer balls that help with drying time and static. Before that I had my eye on these plastic ones. I hadn’t bought them yet because of the obvious plastic but was contemplating the energy-saving possibilities.I googled dryer balls and found out that people actually make them themselves. There are two methods wet or dry felting. Dry felting seems like a great stress reliever. The technique includes repeated stabbing to wool. I decided to try out wet felting (easier to find materials) with a mix of acrylic felt and yarn core with 100% wool yarn on the outside. The YouTube videos that I watched said that it can speed the process up and still get a good result. I plan to teach myself how to dry felt 100% wool batting dryer balls. I just need to find a local sheep farmer to sell me some wool and some felting needles.I “rescued” some new and used felt and wool from Value Village for $6.40 which helped make 6 balls with still have lots left.My sister-in-law donated the 100% wool for the project (thanks).Scissors, a crochet hook and some knee highs (that I never use) were found around the house and completed the necessary items.I used around one square of felt cut into 1″ strips to form the core of each ball. Then wrapped it tightly in yarn to secure. I kept on wrapping yarn around the balls. Then when they were about half way done I put them in the knee highs (the nylons should be inside out) tied in between each ball. I washed them once to attempt to start the felting even though I know that fake wool yarn doesn’t really felt. I like to be thorough.Then I finished wrapping the yarn around each ball, finishing with 100% wool yarn so that they would felt. Again I put them in the knee highs and washed them. This time I dried and repeated the process one more time.These are my dryer balls. It seems that drying time is reduced a bit. The white noise created is soothing to me but drives my husband crazy. They will do for now until I make 100% wool ones. Then these ones will be given away or designated for work clothes.Aren’t these ones cute? Some say dryer balls can speed up drying time by 30-50% depending on size of load. That would be a great result. Imagine if everyone reduced their drying time by even 10%.

~Stephanie

“We must do what we conceive to be right and not bother our heads or burden our souls with whether we’ll be successful. Because if we don’t do the right thing, we’ll do the wrong thing and we’ll be part of the disease and not part of the cure.”

E.F. (Fritz) Schumacher

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About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.

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