If you do laundry, then you”ve no doubt encountered the rage-inducing issue of static cling. It”s super obnoxious when clothing items stick to one another and to you. You might have tried things like dryer sheets and fabric softeners to alleviate the problem. These products work fine, except that many of them contain potentially harmful chemicals that will not only be absorbed by the environment, but by your body, too.
So what can you do if you hate static but would like something a little friendlier? You can make these yarn balls! They”re easy to make, reusable, and involve no additional chemicals at all. And the process is super simple.
You will need:
It”s important for this project to use only wool yarn. Yarns of other materials won”t work here.
All you do is wrap the yarn around your fingers and tie it off to form a small ball. Put the ball into the toe of a sock and tie the sock tightly closed with twine or string. Use one sock per ball, or you can put them in the leg of an old pair of tights and tie them around each one. Pop them into a regular wash cycle in the machine. The wash will condense the yarn into a solid sphere in a process called felting, which will keep them from unraveling. Take them out, let them dry, and they”re good to go.
Here”s a little video tutorial on how to make these cute helpers. It”s super easy!
The finished result!
If you want, you can also add a few drops of essential oils to each one. This will add a scent to your laundry.
(via Design*Sponge, The Common Good)
For best results, it”s recommended to use about six of these with each load. After all, these little guys will not only reduce static cling, but they”ll also reduce drying time by absorbing extra moisture. This will save you some money on the electric bill or at the laundromat.