Add Essential Oils to Wool Dryer Balls

Dryer balls are an excellent “green” way to dry clothes faster, and they are also an excellent substitute for dryer sheets. I absolutely love using my felted wool dryer balls that I bought on Etsy, but I also really wanted something to help scent my clothes in the dryer.

So I grabbed my bottle of lavender oil, and placed a few drops on my dryer balls. Now my clothes come out smelling like lavender, and it is so nice to have them scented naturally.

One word of caution: Send the dryer balls through alone on a short cycle, or place them in a closed pillowcase, in the dryer after you first put essential oils on them. Otherwise you will get oil spots on your clothing. After the first run, they should then be fine.

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I bought my felted wool dryer balls from DreamsweptAlpacas on Etsy, and they were well worth the $18 that I spent for four. They have lasted a very long time, and I don’t foresee them going anywhere for a while.

Photo courtesy of DreamsweptAlpacas on Esty.

By |2014-11-18T13:46:48-04:00August 22nd, 2011|Frugal Living, Organic and Green Living|27 Comments

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27 Comments

  1. Mindy August 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    I don’t know if this will help, but I was just thinking of the needle and syringe that I use for refilling my printer ink. Maybe putting a tiny “shot” of oil into the center of the ball would help reduce oil spots on clothing?

  2. Crystal August 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    Oh that is a fabulous idea! My only concern would be hurting the ball itself and risking unraveling the wool. But I think it’s worth a shot!

  3. Debbie August 22, 2011 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    This sounds so much better than those plastic dryer balls I used briefly and had to throw out because our clothes started having a strange odor. Thanks for this series, I love it!

  4. Crystal August 22, 2011 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    You’re welcome! And yes I totally agree about those plastic ones!

  5. Susan August 22, 2011 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    I pick pieces of my lavendar plant and use them as air freshners. It is a perennial and comes back each year. I also use some in cooking. Flowers are always pretty and also have a great smell.

  6. Anonymous August 22, 2011 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    I really want to have a lavender plant Susan. I may just have to go get one this week now after reading what you said.

  7. Susan August 22, 2011 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    I have attempted to have lavender plants in the house in winter, but they just don’t seem to last. I also like Catnip, also very pretty and so dainty. I have a great recipe for Lavendar Tea Cake. I have made it several times for bake sales and it is usually a big hit! Makes my kitchen smell wonderful.

  8. Mary August 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    But aren’t those wooden dryer balls LOUD?

  9. Anonymous August 22, 2011 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    They aren’t wood 🙂

  10. Errynne August 22, 2011 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    You can make your own wool dryer balls for less then you can buy them for those who are interested. It’s fast and easy. There are istructions on ehow.

  11. Peggy August 22, 2011 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Susan,
    Would you care to share your recipe for the lavender tea cake? I grow lavender and am looking for some recipes. Have you ever tried making lavender honey? Or scenting vinegar with lavender to use for fabric softener? I like to add some sprigs to the jug and it makes it smell so nice and our clothes end up having a very faint scent. (my guys don’t care to smell like lavender but don’t mind they bedding smelling like it! it just isn’t one of those fragrances teenage boys like to smell like, ha ha!)

  12. Crystal August 22, 2011 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    i am going to needle felt myself some as soon as i finish my needle felted purse 🙂

  13. Crystal August 22, 2011 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Oh you all are so creative! If any of you would like to do a guest post on how to make your own, I would gladly welcome it!

  14. Scarlet Ledoux August 22, 2011 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    A quick question….Do the dryer balls get rid of the static electricity? I would love to try these but I get shocked so easily. I really have to watch what I use with the dryer.

    • Crystal August 23, 2011 at 11:11 am - Reply

      Yes I do not have a problem with static electricity at all using wool dryer balls. I probably should have mentioned that in the post, as that is another reason why I like using them.

  15. Terri August 22, 2011 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    is it ok to use the wool balls if you add oil to them to dry cloth diapers?

    • Michelle September 13, 2013 at 12:56 am - Reply

      You would need to check with the oils. There are certain ones that are not okay for child use. Lavender is one that IS safe and very gentle for the whole family.

  16. Anonymous August 22, 2011 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    It would be fine for my kiddos, but you should be careful if your baby is allergic to certain oils.

  17. Terri August 22, 2011 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    ok thank you! I love using my wool balls, but wanted to check first before I added oil.

  18. Lisa August 23, 2011 at 8:23 am - Reply

    I’ve never used any kind of dryer balls. How much drying time do you think it cuts out? I’m very curious now! And I love the essential oil idea!

  19. Janet August 23, 2011 at 10:12 am - Reply

    I checked the ehow site and these are soo easy to make. Not having panty hose I will be buying knee hi socks at the dollar store. With a 40% off coupon from Michaels a skein of wool (not the washable wool) will make more than enough. I think I will give these as Christmas presents!

  20. Claudia August 31, 2011 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Just wondering if the wool dryer balls can be used if someone is allergic to wool?

    • Crystal August 31, 2011 at 10:55 pm - Reply

      Hmm… I would guess not Claudia. Good question!

    • Amy September 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm - Reply

      I checked these out on a make it yourself website, and someone suggested using alpaca wool yarn for people with wool allergies. So maybe alpaca wool is allergy friendly….

    • Sallycanuck February 22, 2013 at 12:12 am - Reply

      There is technically no such things as a full wool allergy – rather, it is typically a sensitivity to the fibres themselves (sheeps wool can be coarser/pricklier, which gives the sensation of allergic reaction to some people; alpaca wool tends to have finer fibres, hence less liklihood of reaction).

      I have not heard of woolen dryer balls creating reactions, as they are not worn.

      • Tina February 18, 2014 at 10:27 pm - Reply

        My husband is allergic to wool and they don’t bother him at all.

  21. Melissa Meacham May 15, 2015 at 11:43 am - Reply

    You might want to check the quality of your essential oil. I put a couple drops of Young Living Purification on Norwex dryer balls before every load and have never had oil spots on my clothes. A pure unadulterated easential oil will evaporate completely. Sounds like there’s something else added to your oil.

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