I've always intended to try using wool dryer balls for my laundry, but I never got around to purchasing some. Recently, I met a local mom who makes and sells them, and was able to get my hands on a set of 9. I've had them for about a month or so, and have become a big fan of them! In the past, I have made my own dryer sheets, using flannel wipes dipped in vinegar and essential oils for fragrance, but I definitely prefer using wool now. Here are some reasons why:
1. They cut down on drying time and energy usage
This is due to the fact that the balls aerate the load more effectively, fluffing your clothing or sheets, etc., and allowing the heat to be distributed more evenly throughout the load. Before using dryer balls, I had to run my dryer multiple times to get the load completely dry, sometimes even 4 times! With the dryer balls, I was seeing a huge improvement and only sometimes needed to repeat it for a second cycle. Now I have a different dryer (a used older model) and I don't even have to run it for a full cycle; a full load of jeans and towels takes only 1/2 of a cycle!
2. They can help with static cling
If you're like most people, you don't separate type of fabric (fleece pullover sweaters get thrown in with thin cotton shirts and underwear, for example). Certain types of fabric produce more cling, and wool dryer balls help keep them separated.
3. No chemicals!
Wool dryer balls are balls of felted wool. That''s it! No chemical processing needed, no artificial fragrances, either. I sometimes add a few drops of essential oils to one or two balls, which is lovely. I prefer lavender, and it makes my laundry smell so amazingly fresh and clean, without the harsh, harmful chemicals that many dryer sheets contain.
4. Easy to use
Throw them into your dryer and leave them in there for the next load. My only challenge in the beginning was keeping the balls safe from my nosy kids and dog, but now they never leave my dryer and it works out perfectly!
5. They are way cool and can have crazy cute designs felted into them
Yes, this is a selling point for most of us, admit it. Now, my local mama made me a couple of special requests, including a rainbow swirled ball, and one with a pony. She even added some glitter threads for the pony's mane! Since then, I have seen her make some in the style of a Pokeball (can you say MUST HAVE?), Dr. Who themed, Legend of Zelda, Batman and Star Wars!!!! Needless to say, my geeky self is going to order some of those ASAP. I am thinking of gifting some of my balls to someone in order to make room for a Pokeball and Rebel Alliance ball....that's a good thing, right?
Now, for purchasing details!
I have seen some brands on Amazon sell some white, organic wool balls and are a good price, but if you fancy the cute decorative balls (which is totally worth it, IMO), there are plenty of WAHMs and independent businesses that sell them at comparable prices. For example, the ones that I purchased were from Katelyn's Needle Felted Creations, and are available to purchase as sets or individually. She is also very knowledgeable and can answer any more possible questions you might have about using dryer balls. Check out her Facebook page, linked above, or click on this link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Katelyns-Needle-Felted-Creations/474901385997837?pnref=lhc
I don't know if I want to admit just how happy it makes me to open my dryer door and see 9 little colorful balls smiling up at me! Having the whole 9 amuses me because it makes me think of the Solar System and how I have my own little set of planets (I'm counting Pluto -haha!). OK, that's enough geekiness for this post. To wrap up this review, let me just say that you NEED to get a set of dryer balls, and I would love to hear about your experiences using wool. Don't forget to check out and "like" Katelyn's page!
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