DIY Laundry Soap/Dryer Balls

Idea: Home laundry soap and dryer balls. I’ve been looking into this recently. It would be easy and cheap! Not to mention, it’s a natural alternative to buying commercial detergents that require you to also purchase a plastic bottle every time you buy.

Start Date: 02 July 2016.

Sources: http://www.diynatural.com/homemade-laundry-detergent-soap/ http://www.diynatural.com/how-to-make-wool-dryer-balls/

  • DIY Laundry Soap:
    • Ingredients:
      • 1 bar (or 4.5 ounces) shaved bar soap (Dr. Bronner’s)
      • 1 cup borax
      • 1 cup washing soda
    • Directions: Thoroughly stir together for several minutes and enjoy the results! You can take this a step further and blend the mixture in a blender or food processor to create a powder that will dissolve easily even in cold water. (Just be sure to let the dust settle before removing the lid of your blender or food processor so you don’t inhale the fine particles.) Store in a sealed container with a small scoop.
    • Use: Each batch yields approximately 32 ounces (between 32-64 loads based on how many Tbsp used per load). Use 1 Tbsp per small load (or 2-3 Tbsp for large or heavily soiled loads).
  • DIY Dryer Balls:
    • You will need:
      • 100% wool yarn (Luckily I have lots of this, but a better idea is to find an old sweater at the thrift store and unravel it)
      • Pantyhose (Another thrift store purchase)
      • Crochet needle
      • String
    • Directions:
      • Create 4-6 yarn balls about the size of a baseball (Or the same size as the plastic dryer balls that I currently use)
      • Sew the end securely into the yarn ball
      • Place yarn balls into the pantyhose, tying string between each one to create a chain.
      • Wash in a hot wash cycle with a cold water rinse cycle with towels or jeans. Dry your yarn chain with your laundry using the hottest dryer setting.
      • You may need to repeat the washing and drying cycles up to 3 or 4 times. You’ll know felting has occurred when you can gently scrape your fingernail over the ball and strands do not separate.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “DIY Laundry Soap/Dryer Balls”

    1. So the soap I’ll use is Dr. Bronner’s, which should have a scent to it. But we can also put essential oils on the dryer balls and they would be more like dryer sheets! I read though that the oils have to be really good quality or they may stain your clothes.

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