How to Make Homemade Dryer Balls
It has long boggled the mind of many launderers through the years. How can two socks go into the dryer and only 1 come out? What happened to the other sock? Where could my other sock have possibly gone?
These are all great unanswered questions of the universe. I don’t know why, but I hold on to the single mate less sock. In fact, I have a box where all of the heart broken socks stay; waiting for their mates to come home, longing to be a pair again. I know I personify the socks, they really do not have feelings, but I feel bad for them. Their purpose in life is now over. They will no longer work as a team to keep my feet warm and comfy. Their future cut short, and they sit there in my dark, lonely basement. Poor things; I place the blame on the dryer monster.
So, what to do? Throughout the years, I have accumulated quite the amount. We have made sock puppets, used them to clean, and even salvaged some in what I refer to as a loose pair; technically they are not paired, but they look close enough. But, one thing is for sure; I will not throw them away. I am far too frugal for this.
Still, the single socks keep showing up in the masses, and I needed a better game plan. It was then that I figured why not make dryer balls out of them. I have since started using my matchless socks in a brand new way therefore making me feel better and also making my laundry smell the best it ever has.
I figured this would be an excellent post to share because I know that there are millions of unmatched socks out there desperately waiting to be used again.
Ingredients you will need:
Socks- heavy duty socks work best
Flaxseed- the use of flaxseed adds weight to the dryer ball. This then allows for a nice fluff in your laundry.
Dried Herbs- I will list some great herbs for this a little later.
Fragrance Oil– I will also suggest some killer laundry scents a little later as well.
Prior to starting this project, you will want to prep the filler for the dryer balls. In a bowl that will not be used again for food, place your dried herbs, flaxseed, and 20 drops fragrance oil. You want your mixture to be equal portions of flaxseed to dried herbs. Let this mixture sit and absorb. Occasionally use a spoon to give all the herbs a chance to absorb the fragrance oil.
Step 1: Take the socks and cut the cuff off. Any size cuff will work; it will only vary the size of your dryer ball. You will only be using this elastic portion of the sock. The likelihood of holes and give on this section of the sock is least diminished from use. Please Note: Any holes or tears deem the sock unusable for this project; save these ones for cleaning.
Step 2: Once you have all of the cuffs cut, turn them all inside out. Using a needle and thread, sew one of the openings completely shut. I suggest a double stitch to make sure the dryer ball does not reopen. Once one end of the sock is sewed shut, turn the sock back to right side out.
Step 3: Fill the sock with the now fragrant dried herb/flaxseed mixture. Be extremely careful not to spill the mixture out once the sock is filled. You will want to leave about ½” open from the top to sew the dryer ball shut.
Step 4: It is time to sew again. Suggestion tip: A double stitch is the way to go.
Step 5: You are ready to use! Just pop one of these little babies in the dryer with your wet load. When you laundry load is finished, your clothes will just have the most amazing scent to them, and they will have quite a fluff to them too.
That’s it. Total time to craft this project is about 20 minutes. Now, as promised here are the herbs that work best for your dryer ball filler.
Great Herbs to use for a phenomenal dyer ball- use one or several it is all up to you! Please note: not adding fragrance to your dryer ball is an option however, this will allow for a single use scenting only based on the herb selected for use.
Dandelion Leaf cut & sifted
Red Clover Blossoms
Rose Buds & Petals
*Cloves (this will have a strong scent on its own, using this herb will affect the overall scent if mixed with a fragrance oil)
*Anise Stars (this will have a strong scent on its own, using this herb will affect the overall scent if mixed with a fragrance oil)
Suggestions for fragrance oils to use with dryer ball– Please note: any fragrance oil will work to scent your laundry, these are just suggestions of our laundry scents.
Clean Cotton Type Fragrance Oil
Clean Type Fragrance Oil
Country Clothesline Fragrance Oil
Fresh Linen Fragrance Oil
Laundromat Fragrance Oil
Linen Breeze Fragrance Oil
NG Aloe & White Lilac Fragrance Oil
NG Apple Mango Tango Fragrance Oil
NG April Clean Fragrance Oil
NG Cashmere & Silk Type Fragrance Oil
NG Clean Breeze Type Fragrance Oil
NG Island Fresh (Gain) Type Fragrance Oil
NG Magnolia & Orange Blossom Type Fragrance Oil
NG Morning Glory & Honeysuckle Type Fragrance Oil
NG Mountain Fresh Fragrance Oil
NG Rose & Violet Type Fragrance Oil
NG Tahitian Waterfall Type Fragrance Oil
NG Vanilla Lavender Type Fragrance Oil
NG Water Lily & Jasmine Type Fragrance Oil
Snuggable Fragrance Oil
I don’t know about you; but this maybe the first time in my adult life… I am excited to do Laundry!
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