How to Make Dryer Balls with Socks Without Partners!

dryer balls with socks without partner by ecokarenIf you are the one who does the laundry in your house, you’ve encountered the age old mystery, disappearing socks. And I’m sure you’ve wondered, “What happened to the ‘other’ sock?” countless times.

You know you put both socks in the washer and dryer but when you start to fold the laundry, you have at least one missing sock. You store the orphaned sock away, hoping that the partner will turn up in the next wash but undoubtedly, it doesn’t.

So, if you are like me, you have a drawer full of single socks, waiting for their partners. What do you do with them all?

I have a solution.

Make dryer balls!

Here is a tutorial on how to use up those orphaned socks or holey socks.

How to Make Dryer Balls with Socks Without Partner

1. Cut the long cuff part of the sock.

2. Turn the cuff inside out (the right side in) and sew the cut end. Then,turn it right side out again. And now you are ready to fill them!

3. Fill the cuff-pouch with 50/50 mixture of lavender and flax seed (for weight), leaving about 1/2″ seam at the end for sewing. Sew the ends to close. I would double stitch it to make sure none of the content spills out when in use. Be careful not to spill the filling when sewing.

4. The size of the ball can be small or large – whatever sock size you have.


5. And here they are….perfect dryer balls to fluff up your laundry while leaving them smelling like fresh lavender garden.

You can substitute lavender with other fragrant dried flowers if you’d like. You can leave out flax seeds if you want more fragrance but they will weigh less. These dryer balls are very eco-friendly since you are using natural ingredients to make your laundry smell nice and soft – not like the commercial dryer sheets infused with chemicals or fabric softeners. Remember my blog about washer/dryer maintenance and how dryer sheets and fabric softeners are bad for your washers and dryers?

So make these natural fabric softeners that smell nicer and they are made with socks that you would have had to throw away!

Oh, one other thing….if you want them to be unscented, fill them with small beans and leave out the flax seeds and dried flowers. They will make great fabric softeners without the scent.

If by chance, you don’t use the sewing machine, you can hand stitch them. But you should learn to use the sewing machine…it’s really not that hard.

A useful tip from a busy bachelor that I know – buy same socks – same color and same design! This way, you don’t spend extra time pairing up the right socks and when one sock is missing, you have plenty of partners to pair it with. Clever, eh?

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10 comments
Karen
Karen

Hi Lorraine, I bought my organic dried lavender from Etsy and organic flax seeds from Ebay. The sachets I made with about a cup of lavender and 1/2 cup of flax seeds lasted about ten loads. But I still use them with fresh new ones for 'softening' purpose. Dried red beans work well too if you don't have flax seeds. Thanks for stopping by.

Lorraine
Lorraine

Karen, this is absolutely brilliant--the perfect substitute for chemical-laden dryer sheets. I confess I occasionally use those sheets--and feel terribly guilty afterward. I wracked my brain for alternatives--I even thought of cutting stalks of lavender from my garden and throwing them into the drier, but hesitated as I considered how the fragrant oils might stain the drying clothes. The sock-drier sachet idea is great. A few questions: Where do you buy the lavender seeds? How long do the sachets last before they need to be replaced?

piccoladonna2006
piccoladonna2006

wonderful idea! I couldn't help, I had to spread the word about this tutorial, hope you don't mind!Also, while reading it I was thinking, those cuff could also be stuffer with poly fill or, even better, with fabric scraps, and make pincushions out of it...what do you think??

ecogeneration
ecogeneration

Ha! You too? My husband did the same thing. When I complained about the toxic sheets he was buying, he brought home Seventh Generation Eucalyptus ones and we all hated the smell. Eucalyptus might be good for clearing up sinuses for colds but not on my clothes! My family definitely prefers these to those nasty smelling dryer sheets.

janssendesigns
janssendesigns

This is a great idea! Now maybe I can get my husband to stop buying those nasty dryer sheets.

Jenn
Jenn

I am intending to pull out the old machine in the next couple weeks and whip up a couple things for the house, I have tons of socks that have lost their other half, this is a fantastic tip! Thanks so much!

ecogeneration
ecogeneration

odd_artist,lol....my dog does the same thing! She loves to get a sock out of my sock drawer and run around with it and teases me to catch her. She also grabs a sock out of the hamper, turns it inside out.....no matter how long the sock is! It's hilarious. I do give her the orphaned socks for her to play with...but not these dryer balls. Bululu and Artist, Thanks for stopping by. Karen

odd_artist
odd_artist

I'll have to try this - if I can keep my puppy from running off with the pairless socks. She has a bit of a foot fetish!

BululuStudio
BululuStudio

This tutorial is awesome, I read it on the team's blog...thanks for posting it here also.

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  1. [...] DIY Dryer Balls from Old Socks:  Ever wonder what to do with those odd socks?  You know the ones.  These are the leftovers after the sock-monster stole half of the pair while it was in the laundry.  I plan to make some dryer balls later this summer with the lavender and rosemary that I harvest from my yard. [...]