Wool dryer balls have become very popular. They are used as a natural alternative to fabric softeners and dryer sheets. You may not know that many liquid fabric softeners and dryer sheets contain toxic chemicals that are bad for you and your family. These chemicals create a thick film on your clothes and towels. This will diminish your towels absorbing capabilities and can cause irritation to you and your family’s skin, especially those with sensitive skin and eczema. Using wool dryer balls will eliminate your exposure to harsh chemicals. You may like the dryer sheets and fabric softeners because of their wonderful scents and typically wool dryer balls don’t have a scent. This isn’t the end of the world and there is a very quick and easy way to add blissful scents to your dryer balls wool, using natural essential oils.
How to Add Essential Oils to Your Wool Dryer Balls
Adding natural essential oils to your wool dryer balls is simple and easy. All you need is your favorite essential oil and a wool dryer ball. While your laundry is washing you can prepare your dryer balls. Doing this before you are ready to put the clothes in the dryer will save time. So, while your load of laundry is washing apply two to three drops of your natural essential oil to a few of your dryer balls. You must let the oil dry for at least 45 minutes, that’s why it is a good idea to do it while your load is washing. If you are pressed for time and can’t wait for them to dry, toss the scented balls into the dryer for a few minutes to speed up the drying process. When you are drying a medium load use four dryer balls, adding the oil to two of them. If you are drying a large load use six dryer balls, adding the oil to four of them. The scent usually lasts for up to five loads. Once the scent has worn off repeat this process.
The Best Oils to Use on Your Wool Dryer Balls
There are so many different essential oil scents, so the possibilities are endless. You can start out with lavender, tea tree or lemon. These are subtle scents and you can make them weak or strong depending on how much you use. You can also try pairing some of your favorites like eucalyptus and lavender, lemongrass and lavender or tea tree and orange. When experimenting with different mixtures, use small amounts so that you don’t waste your oils. Once you find your favorite scent, mix a decent amount and store it in an empty oil vial. Label your mixed oils so you know what oils are in the bottle. You can also infuse your dryer balls ahead of time and store them in an air tight container or jar. This will give you a little bit of variety and will save time. Make sure you label your jars to keep track of your favorites and see which scents you and your family like best.