Wool dryer balls – the greatest thing to happen to laundry since the invention of the washer and dryer!
I am a bit of a tree hugger, but I draw the line at sacrificing quality or efficacy when looking for eco-friendly cleaning solutions. A few years back I went thru a phase of trying every “green” laundry detergent and fabric softener I could find – even making my own.
I discovered it’s not eco-friendly when you have to wash something twice because your all-natural detergent stinks. And it was rage-inducing when crazy expensive, “green” dryer sheets repeatedly left grease stains all over my clothes. I can’t use liquid fabric softener because we are on a septic system (and hey, I guarantee you your municipal water supplier doesn’t appreciate you using it either), and dryer sheets have their own drawbacks.
One, they coat the sensors in your dryer with a waxy film. Unless you wipe the sensor strip(s) down before every load, your dryer can’t tell if your clothes are dry or not. It then runs waaaay past the point it needs to. Hard on your clothes and your wallet. Two, I’m not super keen on coating all my clothes – and thus my body – with all those petrochemicals.
I recently saw an advert for wool dryer balls and thought, “what the heck is that?!” Never heard of ’em. A few minutes on “the Googles” told me they are all the rage, and for good reason. I was skeptical, but I bought a set of 4 to give ’em a whirl, and immediately bought 4 more after using them.
These babies are little woolen miracle balls!
What are they? Wool dryer balls are tennis ball sized dealios made of felted wool. You pop them in the dryer with your clothes (4 for a small load, 6 for a medium load and 8 for a large/bulky load).
How do they work? They tumble around with your clothes, absorbing a bit of moisture, but mostly keeping your clothes tumbling freely.
What’s in it for you? LOTS!
- Your clothes will dry faster. The dryer balls keep your clothes from clumping and twisting together. Free-tumbling clothes dry faster. Faster is not only cheaper, but it’s better for your clothes because the most wear and tear your clothes receive is in the dryer.
- Your clothes come out WAY less wrinkled. Again, this is because your clothes will be tumbling much more freely. I hate wrinkles and religiously iron, and I can’t believe how much less ironing I’m doing.
- Your clothes come out softer than with fabric softeners. Not kidding – baby bunny soft! Even jeans and towels.
- They are safe to use on towels and other items that should NEVER be treated with fabric softener. The balls don’t coat your laundry with anything, so there’s no need to separate out loads by what can and can’t have fabric softener.
- No need to constantly stop the dryer to untangle stuff. There’s nothing worse than taking out a set of sheets to find half of them dry and the other half wadded in a damp ball. Major time waster! Even our king sized flannel sheets tumble so much better.
- No need to clean the dryer sensor strips each load to eliminate wax buildup. Wool dryer balls deposit nothing on your clothes or your dryer.
- 100% eco friendly and a renewable resource. No petroleum products, no perfumes, no waxes, no trees leveled, no plastic jugs, no greasy goop going into your or your town’s septic system.
- Way, way cheaper than fabric softener. These babies last for hundreds of loads.
There are no “downsides” that I can think of. I was a little concerned they would “beat up” my clothes, but haven’t seen any evidence of that. I’ve been using them for a few months, so I think I would notice if that was happening.
I was also afraid they would be hard on my dryer or make a ton of noise. They are very soft and very light. Yes, you can hear them if you are near the dryer, but they are no way clobbering your machine or making a racket.
I bought Ellie’s Best brand dryer balls, but there are many brands, even some handcrafted ones on Etsy. And if you are crafty, you can probably whip up some for yourself. However you get them, GET SOME! Even if you don’t care about the eco benefits, this is a superior product. Full stop.
Peace lovelies! E <><