Are you looking for an all natural method to get your clothes smelling nice? What if you could do that without harmful chemicals? Check out our recipe for Essential Oil Dryer Balls.
There is some evidence to suggest that using wool dryer balls reduces drying time for your clothes. Some even claim up to 25%! I haven’t tested out that theory, but they are a great way to get some essential oil scents in our clothes.
I bought a set of 3 wool dryer balls for around $6. They state they are good for up to 500 washes, which would last us a pretty long time. And it saves on dryer sheets too! So for me, there was no reason not to try out this recipe.
Essential Oils to Use in Dryer Balls
You can use any essential oils you want but there are a few things to consider: 1) Will all the members of your household like having your chosen scent on their clothes? You don’t want to use an aroma that is too strong. It will fade eventually but I would suggest using scents that aren’t as strong and are agreeable to most. 2) What effect do you want the aroma to have? If you’re going for a cleaning/disinfecting scent, Lemon and Peppermint are great choices. If you prefer more of a fresh, spring feel, you may want to add some Lavender, Juniper Berry or Jasmine. You can mix them to make your own blend too.
What You’ll Need
So you’ve got your dryer balls, you’ve got your essential oils…what now? This is a super easy one.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this DIY:
1-3 wool dryer balls
5-6 drops of essential oil (per ball)
Putting it All Together
1. Add your essential oil or blend directly to the dryer balls. I usually pour about 5-6 drops directly into each dryer ball. For small loads use one, medium loads use two, and large loads I would use three.
2. Put the dryer ball with essential oil directly into the dryer with your clothes and start her up!
3. When your clothes are done, seriously…you have to smell them! The aroma really is so clean and relaxing. So much more of a real natural aroma than the conventional dryer sheets. I usually add the essential oil every 2-3 washes. But this can vary a lot depending on how long you are drying, the size of the load and how strong you prefer your scent.