In my continued efforts to save money and be kinder to the environment, I have started using wool dryer balls in place of dryer sheets. I attempted to make my own a few years ago but failed pretty miserably. I went back to sheets after they unraveled in my dryer; apparently you need to know how to felt wool and I don’t, lol.
Anyway, Kirbie, the lovely lady behind the Etsy shop, Lavender Lane, recently allowed me the opportunity to try five of her wool dryer balls and I am thrilled! They work so well!
Why are they so great?
♦ No waste! Wool dryer balls eliminate the waste (no packaging or sheets) and you use them over and over and over! again. For months, even years.
♦ Scent-free. I have been buying scent-free dryer sheets for a long time because I am sensitive to strong scents, but they are really expensive so I am definitely happy not to be having that cost anymore! Wool dryer balls are also scent-free, but it is possible to add essential oil to them periodically if you like a certain scent or combination of scents in your laundry.
♦ No chemicals! I have no idea what’s in dryer sheets (do you?) but I know for sure that wool dryer balls are chemical-free, and that’s fantastic news.
♦ Free, after initial purchase cost. I don’t know about you, but the less things I have to buy over and over again, the happier I am. ;) Buy wool dryer balls once and stop adding sheets to your grocery list!
♦ Easy! You just throw them in your dryer and that’s where they stay. All the time. ^_^
♦ Energy efficient. They reduce drying time by absorbing moisture and circulating heat through the clothes better. The action of the balls rolling around increases air flow as well.
Almost all of my laundry comes out of the dryer just fine, but items made with 100% polyester become really clingy and temporarily full of crackly static unless I use a dryer sheet. So, my microfiber cloths, a few blankets, and couple of other miscellaneous things. But this is NO BIG DEAL considering all the benefits there are to replacing dryer sheets with wool balls! If I really felt I needed to fix this, I’d use sheets for these particular items (because I still have some from left over), but I haven’t, so obviously it isn’t something that needs fixing. ;)
UPDATE by Kirbie of Lavender Lane Etsy shop:
I have solved the static problem and wanted to share with your readers. I run one or two dryer balls under the faucet before I put them in the dryer. This all but eliminates the static and I’m in the throws of a dry cold winter in Ohio! I hope this helps!!
Make the Switch
If you’re still using sheets and you are ready to make the eco-friendly, frugal switch to wool balls, click here to see what Lavender Lane has to offer! She is all about green living and sustainability, and her prices are affordable.
Do you use an alternative to dryer sheets?
What has your experience been?