Thursday, April 18, 2013

TNO's Tips & Tricks 13 - Wool Dryer Balls

We do TONS of laundry in our household.


Between DH wearing one work outfit and one casual outfit per day, little lady's never-ending spit up, little man's clothing, the cloth diapers and cloth wipes, my pajamas (ahem, outfits), and the towels, washcloths, and bibs from the kitchen, our laundry seems to never end.

So, anything I can do to make the process a little quicker is a win in my book.

You all have already heard about how I like to make my own laundry detergent, which saves us a bunch of money and is a more eco-friendly option than other detergents with optical brighteners and fragrances.  But until very recently, I hadn't been using any fabric softeners, dryer sheets, or any other items in my wash or dry cycles.

That's where my friend Sarah comes in.  You all may remember my review of Sarah from BumbleFly N' ButterBee's Door Jammers.  I still have these on little lady's door and they make it seriously easy to peek in on her without interrupting her sleep.  Sarah is so super crafty and makes just about a million awesome eco-friendly and handmade items for yourself, your home, your body, and your children.  Her newest handmade wonders are wool dryer balls.

Wool dryer balls are an excellent replacement for dryer sheets and fabric softener, as the wool balls decrease static by absorbing it and soften fabrics naturally due to the friction created.  The wool can also absorb toxins and odors, making your laundry just a bit more fresh as it exits your dryer and heads on back to your drawers and closets.

But the best part?

If you use at least four (I currently use six) wool dryer balls, you can reduce your drying time by 10-25%.

So not only are you reducing the amount of toxins you're releasing into your family's clothing and our environment, but you're also decreasing the amount of energy you're using to actually dry your laundry.  In my book, that's a win-win.

A good pair of wool dryer balls should last several years, so you're also saving a bunch of money over buying dryer sheets and fabric softener over and over again.

One thing to watch out for is to make sure that your dryer balls are 100% wool (like Sarah's are!).  Some companies try to get away with using a tennis ball on the inside and then only wrapping the outside with wool.  These are typically more likely to unravel and may not work as well as 100% wool balls.  The tennis ball types also tend to make more noise than 100% wool balls as well.

Have you ever used wool dryer balls?  Would you consider trying them?

* I was not compensated for this post, and I did not receive these dryer balls free of charge.  BumbleFly N' ButterBees is an awesome WAHM run business that I am proud to support and share with my readers due to the consistent quality of products.

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  1. I've been wanting to try these, but have been concerned about the noise level. I do a lot of my laundry at night, when the little is asleep, and many nights my dryer runs after I'm asleep. If anything noisy is in can imagine how that would go. So just curious, are they loud??

    1. Our laundry room is fairly close to our bedroom and I often run laundry at night. The first night my husband asked what it was, so he definitely noticed it, but it hasn't kept any of us awake during the night!

  2. I really need to buy dryer balls. Since we cloth diaper too, I feel like I'm CONSTANTLY doing laundry. I've started line drying a lot of things to save money, but I can't do that with everything. I'll have to look into these!

  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my dryer balls. Bought some wool and made my own. Cost savings all the way around.


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