I have read about dryer balls for a while, but I never did like the thought of putting plastic in the dryer, no matter what they say. So when I saw you could have an all natural wool version that you can make yourself I was eager to try it. It's not rocket science or anything, you just wind 100% wool yarn into balls and felt them. There are lots of tutorials online - just look for 'wool dryer balls' and you will get lots of them.
I let the balls run through several washes over the course of a few days to get felted.
I used two cream coloured skeins of wool from Michaels, and with my 40% off coupons I paid just over eight dollars for four balls. If you compare that price to the plastic ones it is about the same or even better depending on where you get them from. For some reason I got 2 1/2 balls out of one skein, and only 1 1/2 out of another. I must have been tense while I was winding the second skein:) I like the fact that I can add a few drops of essential oil to the balls to give my clothes a bit of a scent too. I tried them this morning with a load of laundry and they really did cut down on the drying time.
Because I'm a little um, particular when it comes to displaying things, I had to put them in a nice container. This silver bowl - which I love but doesn't see the light of day much - seems to be right at home holding my lovely, wooly dryer helpers.