This review has been sponsored by Lovesmade. All opinions are my own.
Have you heard of wool dryer balls yet? I’ve been using mine for 8 months now and I love them. They are small balls of wool (about the size of a tennis ball) that I put in the dryer along with my laundry.
5 Reasons to Ditch Dryer Sheets
& Switch to Wool Dryer Balls
1) Dryer balls help your dryer run more efficiently. They fluff up your laundry, prevent clothes from clumping, increase air circulation, and cut down the amount of time it takes your clothes to dry.
Did you know that a dryer requires a ton of electricity? When we were shopping for a house, our very chatty realtor told us that he did an experiment to see what was using the most electricity in his house. He turned off everything and then turned on one item/appliance at a time. Each time he checked his electricity meter and took notes about which items used the most. He saw the largest spike when he turned on the dryer. He stopped using his dryer completely to cut down on his electric bill.
2) Dryer balls replace dryer sheets and liquid fabric softener, which saves money over time. Dryer sheets and fabric softener aren’t very expensive, but the same set of dryer balls can be used years.
3) Dryer sheets and liquid fabric softener are dangerous for your health. Did you realize that there are scary chemicals in fabric softener products? This article by Care2 lists 10 ingredients that I don’t want to have on my clothes! The article goes on to list several known side effects of those chemicals including central nervous system disorders, headaches, nausea, dizziness, pancreatic cancer, and more.
Negative health risks associated with wool dryer balls? None.
4) Fabric softener makes your towels less absorbent. The chemicals in fabric softener products leaves a film behind on your clothing. It feels nice, but it actually makes your towels less effective. This isn’t an issue with dryer balls.
5) Dryer balls can fluff up your stiff clothes-line-dried towels and clothes. Skipping the dyer and using a clothes line is the best way to save money and it is easier on your clothes, but it makes them stiff. Some people can’t stand that stiff feeling, but if you toss the stiff clothes into the dryer for a few minutes it really helps.
I did a little experiment to see how well the my Lovesmade dryer balls fluffed up my stiff, line-dried towels.
The towel on the left is straight off the clothes line. The towel on the right was in the dryer for a few minutes on the cool down setting with my Lovesmade dryer balls. The “dryer” towel still wasn’t as soft as if it had been 100% dried in the dryer, but it was significantly less stiff than the other towel.
Since I’ve started using dryer balls the only downside that I’ve found is that they don’t do a great job with static if I’m drying fleece. In the winter I tend to have lots of fleece clothes and PJs for my little ones. Otherwise, if don’t have any fleece in the dryer they do great with static.
Have you ditched dryer sheets and switched to wool dryer balls?
Disclosure: Lovesmade provided me with a set of dryer balls to review and keep. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. If you enjoy reading silly fine print like this then be sure to check out my full disclosure policy.