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How to make DIY Dryer Ball Spray for Christmas

Creating a healthier home is a slow process that takes time. A great area to start with is with your homemaker laundry routine. Today, I’m going to show you how to make a DIY dryer ball spray that smells like Christmas!

black spray bottle tied to a tan bag of dryer balls

When I began to make changes in our home to make it a more “toxin free” environment, the laundry was one of my first stops.

You can quickly and painlessly make changes to your laundry habits that will have a fairly large impact in your home.

One of the things I did was switch from dryer sheets to wool dryer balls.

There are so many benefits for using wool dryer balls, one being you eliminate toxins going into your clothing.

One downside is you miss the clean scent in your clothing that you are used to having with conventional dryer sheets.

This dryer ball spray will allow you to make the clean switch, while still having yummy smelling clothes.

laundry room with floral wallpaper and wicker baskets

Changes you can make to have a healthier home

If you are looking for other simple ways to tweak things in your home, you can make the easy switch from conventional candles and air fresheners to healthier options, such as:

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Why you’ll love this Christmas Dryer Ball spray

  • Christmas Dryer Ball Spray is extremely easy to make
  • You only need a couple of household ingredients
  • It lasts for a very long time
  • Dryer ball spray saves you money
  • It freshens your clothing naturally
  • This spray is completely customizable
  • You can use this spray on other things, not just your dryer balls
  • If you have to prepare for last minute guests, give this spray a quick spritz around your home to freshen it up
wool dryer balls with a pine branch

Should you switch to wool dryer balls?

Yes, you should make the switch to wool dryer balls, if you are looking to eliminate toxins in your home.

Wool dryer balls last a very long time and actually shorten the duration of drying time your clothing needs, which is good for your clothes and electric bill.

Conventional dryer sheets are hard to part with because they make your clothes smell so good.

They contain toxic chemicals that leach into your clothing when heated in the dryer. Those chemicals stay on your clothes as you wear them, ultimately coating your skin.

This is one of the many reasons we made the switch to wool dryer balls.

pine branch, dark glass bottle, spoon dish, and essential oil

What you’ll need for homemade dryer ball spray

This recipe is so simple and you won’t need much to whip this up.

  • Glass Spray bottles– I prefer the 8 ounce size for this DIY because it makes enough that I don’t have to mix anymore up for a long while, but it also allows me to switch the dryer ball scent every 4 months.
  • Essential oils– Use whatever essential oils you prefer when scenting this spray. I stick with a brand that I feel comfortable using around my kids and our home. Make sure you use a brand that doesn’t have any fillers or added fragrance.
  • Witch Hazel– This helps bind the essential oils to the water. It also helps the spray to dry once it hits the dryer balls. If you don’t have this ingredient, you can leave it out.
  • Distilled Water- This is to fill the bottle up.
glass bottle, essential oil, spoon dish, and dryer balls

Wool Dryer Ball Essential Oil Recipe

  • 20 Drops of Essential oil- I used Christmas Spirit by Young Living so this would smell festive and like Christmas.
  • 1 tablespoon of Witch Hazel
  • Fill with water to the top
  • Give the spray a gentle shake and you’re ready to scent your dryer balls!
pine branch, dark glass bottle, spoon dish, and essential oil

How to scent dryer balls without essential oils

If you don’t have essential oils, you can still get your wool dryer balls to have some extra oomph when it comes to freshening your clothing in the dryer.

Spray your wool dryer balls with a half to half, vinegar to water, mixture.

This will freshen your clothing, but they won’t smell like vinegar when they come out.

Vinegar naturally softens clothing, too, so it’s an added bonus.

wool dryer balls with a pine branch and a tan bag

Benefits of using wool dryer balls

There are so many benefits of using wool dryer balls.

  • They are an easy way to eliminate toxins in your home
  • Dryer balls last for 6 months, so you can save money
  • Wool dryer balls dry small to medium loads very efficiently, so you save money on your electric bill
  • They soften your clothing
  • Your clothes will last longer since they don’t get exposed to the intense dryer heat for as long
  • You can change the scent of your dryer balls whenever you want!
dark amber glass bottles and pine branch

Essential Oil Dryer Ball Spray Variations

This recipe is completely customizable, so you can swap out essential oils to create the scent profile you’re wanting.

I will share a few quick scent combinations that make a great dryer ball spray for Christmas.

  • Peppermint and Pine- 10 drops of each oil
  • Orange and Thieves- 10 drops of each oil
  • Vanilla and Peppermint- 10 drops of each oil
  • Rosemary and Wintergreen- 10 drops of each oil
  • Orange and Peppermint- 10 drops of each oil

If you’re gifting this for an occasion other than Christmas, these combinations are lovely, too!

  • Orange, Grapefruit, and Bergamot- 7 drops of each oil
  • Lemon and Peppermint- 10 drops of each
  • Lemon, Grapefruit, and Cilantro- 7 drops of each oil
  • Lavender and Peppermint- 10 drops of each oil
black spray bottle tied to a tan bag of dryer balls

How to give dryer ball spray as a gift

Wool dryer ball spray would make a great gift for Christmas.

Not to mention, it looks great packaged up with a festive ribbon.

An easy way to gift this is with the dryer ball spray in a glass bottle with a package of dryer balls to accompany the spray.

black spray bottle tied to a tan bag of dryer balls

Other ways to gift DIY dryer ball spray

This would make a great gift idea for other occasions, too.

  • Baby gift- Flavor your spray with a gentle baby scent, think powdery and fresh, so the new mama can use it on baby clothes and blankets without worry.
  • Wedding gift- This is a fun way to celebrate the new couple building their clean home together!
  • Mother’s day gift- Not only is this gift functional, but it’s pretty and smells delicious.

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Recipe for DIY Dryer Ball Spray

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DIY Dryer Ball Spray for Christmas

Creating a healthier home is a slow process that takes time. A great area to start with is with your homemaker laundry routine. Today, I’m going to show you how to make a DIY dryer ball spray that smells like Christmas!
Prep Time0 mins
Active Time5 mins
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Total Time5 mins
Keyword: christmas dryer ball spray, diy dryer ball spray, dryer ball spray
Yield: 1 bottle
Author: Liz Quick
Cost: $3

Equipment

  • 8 ounce glass spray bottles

Materials

  • 1 8 ounce glass spray bottle
  • 1 teaspoon witch hazel
  • 20 drops essential oil
  • 7 ounces distilled water

Instructions

  • Fill your spray bottle with 7 ounces of distilled water.
  • Add in 1 teaspoon of witch hazel.
  • Add in 20 drops of essential oils to scent the spray. You may add less if you would like a weaker scent.
  • Screw on the spray lid, give the spray a gentle shake, and spray onto wool dryer balls.

Notes

Good Combinations:
  • Peppermint and Pine- 10 drops of each oil
  • Orange and Thieves- 10 drops of each oil
  • Vanilla and Peppermint- 10 drops of each oil
  • Rosemary and Wintergreen- 10 drops of each oil
  • Orange and Peppermint- 10 drops of each oil

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2 Comments

  1. I have a baby shower next month and I love the idea of gifting the wool dryer balls and homemade spray! What essential oil combination would make a powdery clean scent?

  2. 5 stars
    Silly question, but how do you know when to dispose of the wool balls and purchase new? I also have issue with my essential oils staining the balls when I drop right oils right onto them – should I be laundering them at all? Thanks Liz!!

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