Make Your Own Felt Dryer Balls
What are the benefits of using felted alpaca dryer balls in your clothes dryer?
Felted alpaca dryer balls decrease drying time, saving you money on utility bills. Commercial dryer sheets can be costly, and are thrown away after use. Felted alpaca dryer balls can be re-used for years, saving you hundreds of dollars. They are made from a renewable resource.
Commercial fabric softeners and dryer sheets are filled with harmful chemicals and perfumes that coat your clothing, eventually ending up on your skin. These chemicals can be especially harsh on sensitive skin. There are no chemicals in felted alpaca dryer balls! If you want some fragrance, you can also add a few drops of essential oils to these to give your laundry a super fresh-smelling boost.
Commercial fabric softeners shouldn’t be used on cloth diapers. Felted alpaca dryer balls are perfect for keeping your cloth diapers soft and chemical-free. They won’t affect the absorbency of your towels, kitchen cloths, or cloth diapers – commercial softeners will. Felted alpaca dryer balls increase fluffiness and reduce static as dryer loads tumble.
How do they work?
It’s simple. They bounce around in the dryer separating clothes, allowing more hot air to circulate through all the garments. As they tumble, the felted alpaca dryer balls fluff your laundry, reduce wrinkles, and basically pummel the laundry to make it softer. They do so much more than a dryer sheet by pulling moisture out of your clothes so you don’t have to run the dryer as long. The more dryer balls you have in a load, the shorter the drying time will be.
Make your own!
To make your own dryer balls use alpaca roving and wrap it around your fingers forming a ball. Continue turning and wrapping until you have a ball about the size of a soft ball. Then dip it in hot, soapy water and massage it with your hands until it starts to felt. If you want it to be larger, continue adding more roving. If you want it to have more weight, you can use a tennis ball for the core and wrap the roving around that dipping it in hot, soapy water as you go. Then put your ball inside a nylon stocking, tie a knot in it, and throw it in the washing machine with a load of clothes and hot water. You can make several in the same stocking, tying knots between each one. When it comes out take it out of the stocking and throw it in the dryer for further felting. Some shedding may occur the first fiew time you use these balls, so I suggest you put them in with white clothese the first few times.