Day 9: Wool Dryer Balls

After I began making my own laundry detergent, the only logical thing was to make my dryer routine a more natural one, as well. I had read about wool dryer balls a few times, and I was eager to try them. Once I received the first set of 4 that I ordered, I decided to give my dryer a good clean to rid it of any of the residue left behind from years of dryer sheet use. I wiped it down with vinegar and then dried a vinegar-soaked towel in it for a while. Then, in went the dryer balls! I have since ordered another set and now have 8 total balls bouncing about with each load of laundry that goes through a dry cycle.

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So, what exactly are wool dryer balls, some of you might ask? Wool dryer balls are tennis ball-size balls made of 100% felted wool, which is a sustainable resource (meaning we can’t deplete the supply since it just keeps growing back!!). They are a more natural, reusable, energy-efficient alternative to chemical-laden dryer sheets. They work by bouncing around the dryer and separating the laundry while absorbing moisture in order to reduce drying time, thus conserving energy and saving you money! They work naturally to soften your clothes and reduce the amount of chemicals on the clothes you wear on your skin all day long. Oh! And your towels will become more absorbent than ever!! Why? Because dryer sheets coat your towels with fabric softener, which prevents them from absorbing water. There have been mixed reviews about whether or not they truly reduce static. I have found that, no, my clothes are not always 100% static-free when I take them out of the dryer. However, I have also discovered that the static is more prevalent when I (aka, my sweet hubby) restart the dryer one too many times to “fluff” the load that has been sitting for a while, thus over-drying them. Over-drying absolutely does lead to static cling! So, if the clothes only go through the minimum amount of drying time necessary, I do not have issues with static! Also, after increasing from 4 balls to 8, I noticed quite a decrease in the overall static. So, the more the merrier! If you are interested in trying out wool dryer balls for yourself, you should check out this great video from Dirty Diaper Laundry!

I have become a bit obsessed with these fuzzy little balls, and so has William! He has made a game of jumping into the dryer to try to snag one faster than I can get the dryer door closed! I currently have a set of teal and a set of purple, and I would love to add more. Instead of buying more, though, I think I may try my hand at making my own (one of these days)! 

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