For today’s installment of 10 Second How Tos, we teamed up again with Common Good to share a simple but amazingly effective household tip—making your own dryer balls from leftover yarn! If you’re absolutely terrified of static cling like I am (yeah, I’ve got a lot of irrational fears—don’t judge), you’ve likely turned to dryer sheets and fabric softener when doing laundry. That’s all fine and good, but these products oftentimes contain harmful chemicals that are bad for the environment and your body. These handmade yarn dryer balls do the same thing but are eco-friendly, reusable, and pretty dern cute. They also help to conserve energy by reducing your drying time. They’re pretty much all-around awesome.
To make these snazzy little laundry helpers, simply wrap a bundle of wool yarn in your fingers until it forms a small ball. Pop the ball inside of a sock, tie it up, and put it through a standard wash cycle to “felt” the ball. This will condense the yarn fibers and prevent them from unraveling. For a little something extra, you can also add a few drops of scented essential oils when you’re done to add a nice fragrance to your laundry. That’s it! Toss a few of these guys into the dryer next time you do laundry and watch them work their magic! Stay tuned next week for more 10 Second How Tos! —Max