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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