While my little one sleeps, I’m blogging and making wool dryer balls this morning. What are dryer balls and what do they have to do with your health? Read on.
Our skin is the largest organ we have. What we put on it winds up in our bloodstream and effects our cells. I believe what we put ON our body is almost as important as what we put IN our body. And here’s a list of some of the harsh chemicals used in most commercial dryer sheets & fabric softeners:
- Benzyl acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer.
- Benzyl Alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant.
- Ethanol: On the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list and can cause central nervous system disorders.
- Limonene: Suspected Gastrointestinal or Liver Toxicant, Immunotoxicant, Kidney Toxicant, Neurotoxicant, Respiratory Toxicant, and Skin or Sense Organ Toxicant.
- A-Terpineol: Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema, and central nervous system damage.
- Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list.
- Camphor: Causes central nervous system disorders.
- Chloroform: Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic.
- Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders.
- Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled.
Read more HERE.
And then ask yourself if you want frequent exposure to all of those things. If not, maybe you need some dryer balls too! You can purchase them here
and plenty of other places. But they aren’t cheap, and they are a fairly easy thing to make yourself if you have a bit of extra time. Here’s how:
1. You need a crochet hook and 100% wool (NOT washable wool) and a pair of old tights or nylons.
2. Make a ball (any size from a tennis ball to a softball will do) out of your skein of yarn. Start by wrapping the yarn around two of your fingers 12-15 times. Then remove that loop from your fingers and begin to wrap the yarn around the middle of the loop, creating a bow. Finally, keep wrapping the yarn around and rotating it until you have a ball.
3. Using your crochet hook, tuck the one loose end of yarn in the ball 3-5 times. I like 5 for good measure.
4. Stuff the ball into an old pair of nylons.
5. Tie the nylons with ACRYLIC yarn at either end.
6. Wash the balls with a load of towels on HOT/COLD cycle. Dry at the highest heat setting.
7. Remove from the nylons and run your fingers along the ball to see if the wool comes loose. If it does, you may need to repeat this wash cycle 2-3 more times before they are ready to remove from the nylons and use for good.
8. Once you have them, use about 4 per load of laundry every time you dry. Using wool dryer balls saves on dry time & energy costs in addition to saving your skin and the air from all the harsh chemicals in traditional dryer sheets.
9. I like to make mine in a few colors and use a couple drops of essential oil on each dryer ball. I have purple ones that I use lavender on, the brown here I plan on using Sandalwood, and I have light orange that I use Grapefruit or Citrus Bliss essential oil with. Make sure to use a high quality Essential Oil or you may wind up with oil spots on your clothes. I use these
and have never had a problem.
Well, that’s not completely true. I do have a little problem. I like to stand outside and catch wafts of the dryer vent. Those balls smell like heaven.
Enjoy ❤ !!