I had been hearing so much buzz about wool dryer balls that I had to get my hand on some. I was thrilled to get to finally try some when Woolzies sent me a 6 pack to try out and review. Even better, they are giving one away to one of you lucky readers, too! Scroll down for giveaway information.
Soft by Nature, Inc., who owns Woolzies, is a small family owned company in New York. The balls themselves are made from New Zealand wool and handmade in the democratic republic of Nepal, where they provide a steady source of income to the women of that developing nation. Why Woolzies Dryer Balls?
- They soften naturally, without using chemicals
- Reduce drying time by up to 25%
- Helps eliminate wrinkles
- Helps reduce static
- Saves energy
- Noise free
- 100% safe for people with wool sensitivities
So, how did they do? Overall, I am pleased with how these work. In fact, they are bouncing around in my dryer as I type this. I have been using tennis balls when I put pillows in the dryer and they can make a bit of a racket. These are just a light thud as they do their work, quieter than the zippers hitting the sides. It’s hard for me to tell if they are reducing the drying time since I have a smart dryer that adjusts the time as needed. They have been doing the job of getting the pet fur off the clothes and I really can’t tell any difference in the clothing appearance between now and when I was using dryer sheets.
I like that since these don’t have any chemicals or fabric softeners I can use them when I wash towels or cloth diapers (I like to put my inserts in the dryer to give them a head start on drying). They have been coming out soft but I don’t worry about the fabric performance being hindered. However, there are two particular types of clothing that they don’t seem to be working on. Honestly, dryer sheets don’t do much better, but my husbands UnderArmour running clothes and his wool socks (oddly enough) are still have a lot of static when they come out. I have not, however, tried one of their suggestions of putting a ball of aluminum foil in with the dryer balls to see if helps any. On the other hand, when those items aren’t in the load, there isn’t an issue. Perhaps the dry, cold air has something to do with it, I’m not sure.
I intend to keep using these with towels, cloth diapers, and definitely my children’s clothing, but may still need to play around with whether or not they work for me and my husband’s clothing. It will still save money between dry time and buying way less dryer sheets in the long run. Another feature I still haven’t tried is that you can scent these balls by applying pure essential oil to have your laundry smell however you like. I am not big on scents, put a nice lavender or peppermint might be nice to try since I do sort of miss the “fresh laundry” scent.
Want a set of your own? They can be purchased here or follow the link below to enter to win a 6 pack of Woolzies Dryer Balls! Giveaway ends on 3/3/14 and winner will have 24 hours to respond. Be sure to Woolzies on Facebook (tell them Domesticating Michelle sent you) for links to other giveaways.
*I was provided with a set of Woolzies Dryer Balls to review. All opinions are my own. Soft by Nature/Woolzies is responsible for prize fulfillment.*