In an effort to cut down on the number of potentially harmful chemicals in our lives, I have been looking for alternatives to using dryer sheets in our laundry.
I had tried a set of plastic dryer balls that I bought from Bed Bath and Beyond, but they did nothing to cut down on static electricity… and they were quite noisy!
When I saw that the folks who make Woolzies Dryer Balls were looking for bloggers to review their product, I signed right up!
The box arrived quickly and my son, who LOVES to open any boxes we receive, literally ripped the box open to see what was sent. I was in another room when I suddenly heard, “Mommy! You got balls!” Why, yes I did!
I’ll admit, I was hesitant to give them a try. I didn’t doubt they would cut down on drying time and would keep my clothes soft.
But we live outside of Salt Lake City, UT and it’s really dry here. The humidity very often drops into single digits all year.
I was skeptical that these things were going to keep static electricity out of my clothes as well as dryer sheets were doing.
After using them for a couple of months, I have been pleasantly surprised! The first few loads of laundry I did were fantastic.
After a few weeks of laundry, I did notice some build up of static electricity; most noticeably in our lightweight cotton shirts and polyester athletic shorts.
The insert that came with the Woolzies wool balls suggested throwing in a ball of aluminum foil to further cut down on static electricity and that totally did the trick!
The dryer balls did well by themselves, but the added aluminum foil was just enough to combat the static build up in low humidity.
We aren’t a family who likes to have everything heavily-fragranced. Our clothes just come out smelling clean and I love it. But if you still want to add some yummy scent to your laundry, they have a suggestion for that too.
Just add a couple drops of your favorite aromatic essential oil to the wool balls and run the dryer on fluff with no heat. Voile, fragrant towels!
And if you don’t want to go this route, many natural food stores sell tea bags that are filled with aromatic herbs like lavender. They can be tossed into the dryer to add a lovely scent to your clothes.
I can imagine the price of these puppies can turn you off, but if you consider that these will last approximately 1,000 loads of laundry, they definitely pay for themselves and end up being much cheaper than using fabric softener or dryer sheets in the long run.
Give them a try!
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