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Green Up Your Laundry with Wool Dryer Balls

Wool Dryer Balls have gained significant popularity. Why? My guess, consumers are annoyed and irritated by chemicals in every facet of their lives. In our food, makeup, and children’s toys! We as consumers are looking for natural solutions that not only keep us healthier but are good for the environment.

And conventional dryer sheets, you guessed it – contain artificial fragrances and other toxic ingredients known to cause irritation and respiratory health problems. Wool, on the other hand, is biodegradable, naturally antimicrobial, and free of chemicals or dyes.

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3 Epic Reasons to Use Wool Dryer Balls / How to Green Your Laundry

3 Epic Reasons to Use Wool Dryer Balls and Ditch the Dryer Sheets

#1 Shortens Drying Time by up to 20%, Saving Energy & Money

#2 Zero Waste, Replaces Disposable Dry Sheets and Lasts up to 1000 loads

#3 Eco-Friendly, Softens Laundry Naturally Sans Chemicals

 3 Epic Reasons to Use Wool Dryer Balls / How to Green Your LaundryHow do Wool Dryer Balls Work?

Felted wool dryer balls bounce around inside the clothes dryer, allowing hot air to circulate and reduce drying time. They naturally soften clothes, reduce wrinkles, and cut down on static.

I saved over 2,000 minutes of drying time in one year by switching to wool dryer balls. That is after slashing drying time by 10 minutes per load. I typically wash just 4 to 5 loads of laundry a week. That is incredible if you ask me!

How to Use Wool Dryer Balls:

For small loads place 2 to 3 wool dryer balls (these are the ones I use) in with a load of laundry. For larger loads use 4 to 6. If you loved the fragrant scent dryer sheets gave your laundry use one of these two tricks. Spritz a natural linen spray, like this recipe for Vanilla Lavender Linen Spray on the wool balls or right into the dryer before starting. Or simply add 2 to 3 drops of essential oil straight out of the bottle onto the wool balls. After drying, simply store them in the dryer or in a small basket in your laundry room.


3 Epic Reasons to Use Wool Dryer Balls / How to Green Your Laundry

I received my wool dryer balls as a gift, but if you’re looking for a pair – The Grove Collaborative a Certified B Corp, carries a set that is handmade in Nepal with pure New Zealand wool and if you use this link you’ll have $10 to spend. Happy Drying!

Find more money-saving tactics and recipes in No Nonsense Natural Bathroom Cleaning Methods, That Work book.  Not ready to make your own cleaners? Then grab a free 5 piece Mrs. Meyer’s natural cleaning kit from the Grove Collaborative!


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  1. I had never heard of wool dryer balls before. I am particularly interested in them for my mother-in-law who suffers from allergies and COPD. Thanks for sharing this interesting idea!

    1. lifenreflection says:

      Lisa, I actually just learned about them last year and have been using them ever since. I think they would make a great gift with bottle of lavender essential oil or linen spray for your mother-in-law.

  2. I love them and have been using them for about 3 years. My favorite for scent for the dryer balls is orange!!

    1. lifenreflection says:

      Aren’t they such a time saver! I haven’t tried orange yet… Thanks Barbara

  3. I just got my dryer balls and love them….but I notice sometimes I have a lot of static. Has this happened to you and is there anything I can do about it? If not, it’s no biggie I will continue using them anyway, I think they’re great!

    1. lifenreflection says:

      Tracy, I haven’t had a issue with static. But, I know a few others who have and they recommend adding a safety pin to one the wool dryer balls. It should cut the static out!

  4. I started using these a few weeks ago by accident. I thought I ordered something else. These are fantastic though – cut down drying time, clothes are super soft, no static cling and the lint screen is not as full: which means fibers stay on the clothes where they belong! I added some “Black Amber & Oak” essential oil to them and am loving that scent. Not flowery at all, good for the entire family’s clothes!

    1. lifenreflection says:

      It funny how sometimes life actually throws at us what we need. 🙂 I’m glad to hear you enjoy using wool dryer balls too. They really do make a difference!

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