Made at Home – Everything You Need in the Laundry Room
Dryer balls are easy to make and can save you using chemicals to soften clothes in the dryer and save energy. Use only 100% wool yarn and roving, which can be purchased locally.
100% wool yarn or roving
*do not use any artificial fibres like nylon
Essential oil: optional
Start by doubling up approximately 100cm of thread. Wrap around 2-3 fingers with about 6 wraps. Squish the yard together and wrap again until a small ball is formed. Continue wrapping until it has reached the size of a baseball or slightly larger. When finished, tuck the end of the yard deep into the ball using the end of the scissors or a finger. Repeat to make at least 3-4 balls.
Put one ball into the end of a lightweight stocking and either tie a knot at the top with the stocking itself or tie closed with embroidery string. Repeat the process until there are two to three balls in each stocking.
Wash in hot water and dry on the highest possible heat. It’s possible to combine the balls with a load of clothes or towels that can be washed and dried on high heat. Repeat the wash and dry cycle until the balls are nicely felted and can be removed from the stocking. The dryer balls are now ready to use! For scented clothes, add one to two drops of your favourite essential oil to the ball. Lavender always works nicely!
An old cotton t-shirt
Cut the t-shirt up into 15cm squares. Add 3-5 drops of desired essential oil to each square. Toss two squares in the dryer with wet clothes. These can be used 3-4 times before washing and adding fresh drops.
Note: To prevent static cling, add ¼ cup vinegar in the fabric softener tray in the washing machine.
LAUNDRY DETERGENT – REGULAR & HE MACHINES
Ingredients for one load
1 tablespoon washing soda
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon grated castile soap or 1 tablespoon of liquid castile soap
1 cup distilled white vinegar in fabric softener compartment
1 tablespoon citrus enzyme cleaner optional)
You can mix larger quantities of dry ingredients for one load. Otherwise put each of the dry ingredients in the soap compartment of the washing machine. Add the distilled white vinegar to the fabric softener compartment. Be sure to spot clean any areas with stains before putting clothing into the washing machine. Recipe courtesy of Dr. Karen Lee @ www.drkarenslee.com
RESOURCES FOR YARN, ROVING & CASTILLE SOAP
Hong Kong – Castille soap
ORGANIC 21 (Largest selection)
G/F, 60 & 62B Staunton Street
8/F, Hung Tak Building
106 – 108 Des Voeux Road
For a complete list of stores on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, please see the Dr. Bronner’s Hong Kong website at http://www.drbronner.hk/website/stores/
Hong Kong – Yarn and Roving
NEEDLEWORK CLUB (2 Locations)
19/F, Kin Tak Fung Commercial Building
467-473 Hennessy Road
Room C, 12/F, Block 1, Yip Fat Factory Building
77 Hoi Yuen Road
DOUBLE KNIT YARN
1/F, 179 Fa Yuen Street