About a year and a half ago, I read this article about felted wool dryer balls, and I was intrigued because I'm always looking for greener practices in my home and because my husband Caleb has some allergies to the fragrances in most dryer sheets. And then I started reading about the reasons you should not use dryers sheets (like this article or this one) and I was sold. I bought a set that same day. We've been using that same set of six ever since and LOVE them. They are a 100% natural way to keep laundry soft and static free, and they double as a great cat toy.
They work because as they bounce around in the dryer with a load, they absorb a up to 30% more of the water helping clothes to dry more quickly as more air circulates through them. The wool balls help to fluff your laundry and through bouncing around, basically pummel your clothes so they are softer. Because they pull out so much water the drying time is shorter and there are fewer wrinkles. They also help keep the dryer more evenly humid as they absorb water and bounce around, which dramatically decreases static cling. Ultimately my favorite way to dry clothes is on a line (the smell! nothing better!), but currently we live in a spot where that is not possible. So for the time being, these have been a great alternative.
So a few benefits we've seen:
- No more chemicals and allergies.
- Reduced drying time, which equals money in the bank and smaller carbon footprint!
- They don't affect the absorbency of towels (dryer sheets makes fabrics less absorbent).
- Since the initial cost of the balls I haven't spent a penny on dryer sheets.
- And again . . . cat toys.