What are dryer balls?
I love dryer balls! I have tried them home made, artisanally made and now I have tried woolzies.
Dryer balls are basically wool that is wadded up into a ball and felted. These balls (usually 3-6 per load) are put into the dryer with wet clothes and will tumble along with them.
The benefits of dryer balls are:
- They are chemical free! No harsh, harmful carcinogens or allergy inducing fragrance. These puppies are as natural as they get. 100% wool.
- They reduce drying time by absorbing moisture from your clothes and from fluffing the clothes as they tumble saving you time AND money. I find they cut my drying time from 70 minutes per load to 50.
- When they tumble into the wet clothes they help soften them and add a great fluff.
- They usually reduce static. I say usually because I have found polyester and cotton in the same load will be a static fest no matter what. I wash them separately. Otherwise these are great at reducing static cling.
- They are naturally antibacterial and are resistant to mildew.
So do you see why I love wool dryer balls? They are chemical free, save me time and money and make my clothes soft. This is way better than any other chemical free solution I have tried since I can’t use dryer sheets or softener because of my multiple chemical sensitivity issues.
What makes Woolzies special?
- They are larger than other balls I have tried.
- They come in a pack of 6. Usually sets will have 3-4 balls. I have found 4 is the perfect number for a load of laundry BUT these balls ALWAYS get stuck in your laundry, especially the blankets and towels so it is nice to be able to keep two balls out and available to throw into the dryer while you are folding your clothes trying to find the renegade balls that have stowed away in your laundry.
Special considerations for dryer balls:
- If you like fragrance I like to add 2 drops of my favorite essential oil to one or two balls. Wild Orange is my go-to right now but you can use any essential oil. This way you get that nice clean fresh scent on your clothes without having to add any nasty chemicals.
- Wool balls get pilly. It is ok. The wool will not come off of your balls it will just not look as pretty as when you first got them. They are fine.
- You will get thousands of uses out of these balls. I have not had a set go bad yet and I have been using them for 3 years.
Other uses for dryer balls.
- Baby toy. All natural, soft and safe these make the perfect ball for babies to play with! My son loves chasing them around the living-room floor.
- Dog toy. These balls won’t accidentally break your TV screen like that Kong will so if you have a ball obsessed dog who doesn’t destroy their toys this actually works well.