A simple and natural way to replace dryer sheets using reusable wool dryer balls and essential oils to make your laundry smell fresh!
Load after load, towels, little pants, socks of various colors, and shirts toss about the room. For some reason the piles of loads of clothes never seem to end, but there is comfort in the consistency and routine of it all. Wool dryer balls are part of my goal to detox the laundry room.
Perfection is not attainable not sustainable, but small changes towards a natural way of living are worth the effort. Dryer balls are another step towards that effort. They are easy, natural, and affordable to use to as a replacement for dryer sheets.
Cozy Tips for Wool Dryer Balls
- Keep your wool dryer balls in a bin, jar, or container near your dryer so you will remember to use them.
- Along side the dryer balls, store a few essential oils with your dryer balls.
- About three to four drops per dryer ball tends to be enough to provide a scent to the laundry. If you want a strong scent add more drops of oil.
- You can use the oil on the dryer balls a few cycles or add new drops each time you use the balls.
- Build a little tray or basket of natural laundry products with your wool dryer balls, natural laundry scent boost, and a DIY stain stick!
Supplies for Wool Dryer Balls
- Wool Dryer Balls ( I love these ones)
- Essential Oils ( Lavender is always a an easy choice)
Why Use Wool Dryer Balls?
Wool dryer balls are a great replacement to dryer sheets. Dryer sheets are chemical based and not reusable. While wool dryer balls are safe, natural, and cost effective as you can reusable them over and over again. Typically, wool dryer balls come in packs of three or six. I usually use a pack of six for my heavy loads and about 3-4 for a normal size load of laundry.
What Essential Oils To Use?
Essential oils for wool dryer balls are not required for the ball to be effective. However, the essential oils are a great way to add a boost of scent to your laundry. Nearly any essential oil will work. I tend to switch my scents up by the season. For example, during the Spring and Summer, I tend to use more floral scents such as Lavender, Geranium, Lemon or Eucalyptus. While in the Fall and Winter, I use warmer scents such as cinnamon, pine, orange or even peppermint. Mix and match any way you want with the scents!
The Cozy Details
Step 1: Gather up some dryer balls. Depending on the load I usually use between 3-5 balls at a time.
Step 2: Add a few drops of essential oil to each ball. Allow to dry for a few minutes.
Step 3: Toss into the dryer with clothes and dry as normal.
For more natural options for the laundry room, check out my easy DIY Stain Stick and Laundry Scent Boost!