Have you noticed that “clean living” is becoming increasingly popular? If you haven’t, I’m very impressed.
When I was pregnant with Jman, I spent a good deal of time on the internet, looking for it to answer all of my questions and concerns about my pregnancy. Note to self (and all other expecting moms): don’t search for medical answers on the internet. But one topic that kept resurfacing was chemical exposure in everyday products.
Of course I had to do some digging, but I did find that many products that I used everyday were actually proven to be harmful or at least questionable in some capacity. And how dare I expose my own body, let alone my unborn child to such filth?!
(For the record, I’m not that intense about it…just with a few things)
I wanted to take everything I owned and toss it out the window and go on a quest to find safe products for myself and family to use. BUT, spoiler alert, that stuff can get expensive!
Like, ‘holy cow’ expensive.
So, the self-proclaimed crafter that I am, figured I can make some things myself both to safe money and my health.
It’s actually been kind of fun!
My laundry room is the first place I tried to “clean”. Yes, laundry detergent and dryer sheets can smell so wonderful, especially when things came straight out of the dryer. But that, my friends, is “fragrance”. And fragrance isn’t monitored by the FDA and can contain hundreds of unclaimed ingredients to make that delicious smell.
Some might not care, and that’s totally fine. But I’m a control freak, and I didn’t like not knowing what I was using.
So I made my own “fragrances” for my laundry! Not only do I feel better about what I’m using to wash our clothes, but it saves so much money.
These DIY dryer balls that I made help to soften the clothes, minimize wrinkles, and also add a great scent to the laundry! My favorite part though is that they cut down on drying time, which cuts down on energy costs, which saves money. Catch my drift?
Also, they are so easy to make, it’s almost silly not to at least try them and see how you like them!
What you’ll need
- Wool yarn – 1 skein makes about 2 balls
- Yarn Needle or bobby pin
- Old nylon pantyhose
- Essential oil(s) of choice
First find the end of the yarn and wrap around two fingers to secure the end.
Wrap a few times just for kicks, like maybe 6 or so.
Wiggle the yarn off of your fingers.
The wrap it perpendicular to how you were wrapping before. This almost creates a bow looking thing.
Continue wrapping while rotating the ball until it is 3-4 inches in diameter.
Snip off the end of string and feed it back through to secure the ball with either a yarn needle or a bobby pin…you know, if you can’t find your yarn needles (ugh).
After you have made a ball, place it in the bottom of a cut off nylon stocking leg and tie a know above the ball to secure it in place.
If you have made a few balls, you can put them all in the stocking.
Put the balls through a cycle with a load of laundry. Wash and dry them.
Once they are out, you can go ahead and use them!
If you’d like to add more magical powers to the balls, dip them in a vinegar (1/2c) and essential oil (10 drops) mixture just enough to wet it. Allow it to air dry before using in the dryer. The vinegar acts as a natural softener and the oils provide that fragrance we all love! Re-soak the balls every month or so, or whenever the scent disappears.
I hope you love them as much as I do! It makes me feel good when I can make things for cheaper than buying. It’s also definitely a plus when what I make is safer than other options out there. It’s a win win to me!!