My obsession with laundry has been moving in the natural direction for a few years now. It started before cloth diapering and has intensified since then. I have been trying out several natural detergents and recently started using dryer balls. Your can purchase dryer balls in various materials like silicone or nondescript ‘urethanes’, but the favorite among most families is wool! Wool is the ultimate fabric fiber. It absorbs nearly a third of it’s own weight in liquid and can even be water proofed with its own lanolin. We use a lot of wool clothing for outdoors wear and baby clothes, so I am happy to use wool dryer balls as well.
The latest brand I had the pleasure of using is Woolzies by Soft By Nature, INC. Woolzies dryer balls are made from New Zealand wool and ONLY wool! They are handmade in Nepal, long lasting, and energy efficient.
Woolzies come in a pack of six and each ball is slightly larger than a tennis ball. They shrink a little bit after a couple uses, but can be used hundreds, even thousands, of times to soften your laundry and reduce drying time. Since wool absorbs water and the balls help aerate the fabrics in the dryer, using Woolzies dryer balls can reduce your drying time by at least 25 percent. They also gently pummel your fabrics, softening them without the need for any fabric softeners or dryer sheets. So, you not only save money on your gas/electric bill and on softeners, but you can avoid all those chemicals in other laundry additives!
I love the size and quality of Woolzies dryer balls. They are large and felted, so they work quickly and do not leave any little wool hairs behind. Our dryer is right below the living room and these dryer balls do not make a ton of noise.
I have never been a softener user, or dryer sheets for that matter, so I usually just dealt with crunchy fabric from hard water by ignoring it. However, I really like the way these dryer balls make our cloth diapers softer. I use a lot of flats and prefolds and the natural fibers get very scratchy in our water. Even if they are line dried, I can toss them in the dryer for five minutes with the balls and get them softened up before folding. I am particularly looking forward to using these wool dryer balls this winter. I usually dry a lot of our diapers and laundry on our radiators and they are so hard and crunchy they can stand up by themselves. I fully plan of tossing everything in the dryer for a bit with some dryer balls this year.
You can just leave your dryer balls in the dryer when the clothes are finished. There are some great ways to make your dryer balls even better for your needs. You can add a ball of tin foil to the load with the balls to reduce static! Normally, you should not have a static problem if you do not over dry, but you can always eliminate the problem altogether with foil. The metal conducts the electricity causing the static and neutralizes it. You can also add a bit of essential oil to your dryer balls for a light fragrance in your laundry. Just put a drop or two on each ball and let it dry before using. I personally like lavender and sweet orange oil. This small amount of essential oil will not harm your cloth diapers or clothing as long as it is dry before use.
Woolzies brand dryer balls are a great price. You get six large balls for just $35.99. I like that they come in a six pack since six is usually the minimum you want for optimal function. I definitely recommend Woolzies to anyone who cloth diapers, wants to green their laundry routine, or just wants to save a little money of softeners and electricity.
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