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I love liquid fabric softener. Before I became a frugal mom and realized I was a horrible housewife, there was nothing more heavenly than sleeping in until 11am snuggled in the Downy softness of my comforter with my black lab and husband.
After the birth of my sensitive skinned, allergy ridden baby girl, fabric softener was one of the first things to go. She had horribly itchy eczema patches. I forgot about the whole eczema thing a couple of months ago when I bought some fabric softener to remove wallpaper. I had some leftover when I switched from the softener wallpaper removal method to steam!
While sitting next to my unfolded laundry on our laundry couch, a friend of mine asked, “Wait?! You are using fabric softener? What about Pea’s eczema.”
Oh–that is why it is acting up again.
I bought spiky little dryer balls. They do help with the static but my clothes come out smelling kind of blah.
When I started using Young Living Essential Oils, a friend suggested I start putting a drop or two on a wool dryer ball. I balked at the price.
Wool dryer ball=a felted ball of wool yarn.
Really?! People pay others to wind a skein of 100% wool into a ball? (Please feel free to email me if you would like me to perform this very difficult and labor intensive service for you. I will provide you with a quote. Oh–and don’t read the rest of this post.)
- 100% wool yarn
- cheap or old panty hose.
- Essential oil(s) of choice. I like Purification. It has a fresh clean smell and the blend includes citronella oil which is a mosquito repellent. Win!
Since I am a yarn
hoarder collector, I did have a skein of pure wool yarn. I had to go to the dollar store to find some panty hose. It’s been YEARS since I last wore pantyhose.
Wind the yarn into as many balls slightly smaller than a softball as you can.
Tuck in and secure the loose end inside the ball using a crochet hook or yarn needle.
Put each ball into a piece of pantyhose. Tie off the ends so that the yarn is completely in the pantyhose.
Wash the balls in very hot water.
Dry on high heat.
Remove from the pantyhose.
Put two drops of Purification oil on each ball and toss in the dryer with your next load.
The clothes come out soft and smell great! The wool balls also help reduce drying time, which saves money.
I always pour a bit of vinegar into the fabric softener dispenser of the washing machine. Along with the wool balls, this is an awesome replacement for fabric softener.
Have you tried using wool dryer balls yet?
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