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Recently I heard that felted wool balls are great alternative to dryer sheets. Apparently they reduce your drying time, soften your laundry, and eliminate static cling. There are places like Stoney Mountain Farm who sell handmade wool balls made from the wool grown on their farm. But for folks who want to try their hand at making their own, there are some good tutorials online. Diane Gilleland recently posted pictures of ones she made using a tutorial by Judy Coates Perez. Both ladies offer great advice and pretty pictures, like the one above by Judy. I suppose for the dryer, I would use natural, undyed wool. Can’t wait to try this and see how well it works.

Goli Mohammadi

I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. I’m a word nerd who particularly loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon as a whole. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for the ideal alpine lake or hunting for snow to feed my inner snowboard addict.

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  1. Brenda says:

    I bought my wool Dryer Balls from because they are undyed, not raveled (raveled balls unravel in the dryer after a few uses) and I have used the same 6 for over a year now!! They really have cut the drying time, I no longer use softeners either, saving us money. I have to buy some more from her to give to my freinds/family for “exotic” holiday gifts.

  2. Megnificent Made says:

    how many uses can you get out of them?