As I said above, dryer balls work by separating laundry in the dryer so that hot air can circulate more evenly and efficiently.
What this means to you and I is that we can’t dry great big loads of laundry. Instead we need to make sure that loads a reasonable size so that there is room for dryer balls to get in there and do their work.
The dryer balls need room to work. Only dry loads that are small or medium sized. If you’re wondering how many dryer balls to use a common amount is 3 of the XL balls per load.
Grab your dryer balls and just throw them into the dryer along with your laundry.
That’s it, your clothes dryer and the dryer balls will do the rest! Keep an eye on your laundry for the first few loads. Your laundry will dry much faster, and over drying clothes isn’t very good for them.
How long do wool dryer balls last?
Wool dryer balls will typically last for more than 1,000 loads or somewhere between 2-5 years of use. However, you will also know it is time to replace wool dryer balls once they begin to look scraggly.
You don’t want chunks of wool fiber to rip off in the the dryer. The occasional tissue making it into the dryer to disintegrate is bad enough.
Adding essential oils
Use during a non-heated tumble dry setting only. Heating essential oils to a high temperature in a clothes dryer has in some cases caused fires.
Another neat little trick you can do when you’re using wool dryer balls is to splash a few drops of essential oil onto them similar to what you would do if you where making homemade dryer sheets.
By splashing a few drops of essential oils onto the wool dryer balls you can make your laundry smell awesome without having to use super chemically dryer sheets to do it!
Let the essential oil soak on the dryer balls for a 10-20 minutes before you use them. The more the oils are absorbed into the dryer balls before use the more slowly they will be dispersed in the dryer, and slower is better!
To use essential oils on your dryer balls:
- First dry your load of laundry completely.
- Then, add in the dryer balls with the essential oils and run the load again on a non-heat setting for 10-20 minutes.
If you’re new to essential oils I recommend picking out a starter set of essential oils and the book Essential Oils for Beginners both will help you find the scents that you enjoy most and teach you how to use them! There are more options than lavender and peppermint(I honestly had no idea).