Eco Tutorial: Dryer Balls

Tutorial submitted by ecokaren
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If you are the one who does the laundry in your house, you know the age old mystery – what happened to the other sock? You are sure you put both socks in the washer and dryer but when you start to fold the laundry, you have at least one missing sock. You store the orphaned sock away, hoping that the partner will turn up in the next wash but undoubtedly, it doesn’t. So, if you are like me, you have a drawer full of single socks. What to do with them all? I have a solution. Make dryer balls! Here is a tutorial on how to use up those orphaned socks or holey socks.

From a collection of poor orphaned socks
to these…

to great eco-friendly dryer balls!

Go to ecokaren’s blog for the directions on how to make these out of socks without partners.

P.S. You can substitute lavender with other fragrant dried flowers or orange or lemon peels if you’d like. You can leave out flax seeds if you want more fragrance but they will weigh less. These dryer balls are very eco-friendly since you are using natural ingredients to make your laundry smell nice and soft – not like the commercial dryer sheets infused with chemicals or fabric softeners. Besides, they are toxic and bad for your dryers!

While you are at ecokaren’s blog, see my post on  how to maintain your front loading washing machine so they don’t stink! And my homemade laundry detergent recipe. 

P.P.S  – A useful tip from a busy bachelor that I knew – buy the same socks- same color and same design. This way, you don’t spend extra time pairing up the right socks and when one sock is missing, you have plenty of partners to pair it with.

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  1. Christopher says:

    Unfortunately I don't have a sewing machine.

    Are they one-time use? Is it the flax that softens? If so, do the beans soften in place of the flax? Do they also reduce static? Thanks!