Wool Dryer Balls – What is the purpose?

 Felted wool dryer balls are an easy to make, the #nontoxic alternative to fabric softener and dryer sheets. Throw 4-6 of these in the dryer with your laundry along with a few drops of your favorite essential oil and you will never go back to dryer sheets again.
We are exposed to a plethora of toxins every day, and while we can’t remove every #toxin from our life, we can take measures to lessen our exposure as well as enhance our bodies ability to detoxify. In the book, The Brain Wash, the author, Michelle Cook, offers up a list of 31 ways to lessen exposure to toxins. One of the recommendations is to avoid commercial cleaning products, especially fabric softeners and dryer sheets.
You can learn more about making wool dryer balls here.
I have been making wool dryer balls for a while now. Lots of people have questions about wool dryer balls, and I hope to answer some of them here!

What is the purpose of wool dryer balls?
Wool dryer balls are a 100% #naturalalternative to those plastic spiky dryer balls that you can buy. They are also an alternative to chemical-filled fabric softener or dryer sheets. Wool dryer balls shorten drying time by circulating air into your load of laundry and soaking up excess water. The more dryer balls that you use, the more time and energy you will save. They also reduce static although they may not completely eliminate it.

Do they REALLY work?
YES! I promise that they work. I have 5  in my dryer currently and wouldn’t keep them in there if they didn’t work.The more dryer balls the better, but even 2 will make a small difference in your drying time and static.

Why do they cost so much?
I make mine, find out how here, but I have seen dryer balls sell for over $10 EACH. The simple answer is that wool is expensive but it’s worth it if you factor in shortened drying time and money saved on dryer sheets or fabric softener.

How long will wool dryer balls last?
They will last a very long time. Many people use the same dryer balls for years. If they get dirty at all you can simply hand wash them and throw them back into the dryer, simple! Wool dryer balls will get pills on them, but you can shave them if you want. They don’t “shed” onto your clothes however so unless the pilling really bothers you it is fine to just leave them. I felt mine 3 or 4 times and they will not fall apart even with daily use.

Are they safe for cloth diapers?
Yes, wool dryer balls are very commonly used among those who cloth diaper! Fabric softeners and dryer sheets are not safe for use with cloth diapers so wool dryer balls are a natural choice. Using dryer balls on diapers is not only safe but usually one of the best ways to save energy because diaper laundry is typically a small load.

What about wool allergies?
I can’t guarantee anything about wool allergies, but everything I have ever researched has said that those with wool allergies do fine using wool dryer balls. The wool never comes into direct contact with your skin so many people use wool dryer balls with no problem. I definitely recommend doing your own research.

Will the colors bleed? Can wool dryer balls be scented?
I use lots of different colors of dryer balls and they do not bleed. However, if you are really concerned, you can use completely un-dyed wool. I do not recommend scenting dryer balls for diaper laundry. However, if you prefer scenting I recommend using 100% natural #essentialoils to do so.

Many people use scented dryer balls and they are completely safe.  If you are switching from using dryer sheets it may be an easier transition to using scented dryer balls. However, it is good to remember that the scent will not last forever!

I hope this answers any questions that anyone may have about wool dryer balls. If not, feel free to leave a comment or contact me on facebook!

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