Thursday, 9 May 2013

Woolzies, The Natural Fabric Softener

      Do you like soft, less static-y clothing? Do you use the static sheets in your dryer and fabric softener in your washer and see no other alternative? Or maybe you are looking for a hypoallergenic, chemical free alternative that also eliminates wrinkles in clothing? Are you looking to cut energy bills? Then I can recommend dryer balls. Dryer balls are a great alternative to the chemical filled softeners and sheets we use in our laundry and it is safe for those with allergies. Are you allergic to wool? It's okay, Woolzies dryer balls are safe for those with wool allergies! Also if you are worried about spending money on dryer balls and them not lasting, there is a guarantee of them working for 1,000 loads!

     Woolzies dryer balls cost $34.95 US for 6 dryer balls. Compared to many dryer balls they come out cheap, coming out to just $5.83 per ball. Many good dryer balls cost approximately $8-9 a ball. I also like that they are white but that is personally my opinion because it appears more natural this way. Yes, buying a fabric softener container and a box of sheets may be cheaper but one softener and one box of sheets wont last 1,000 loads. If you count how much you would spend on softener and sheets, the dryer balls come out cheaper in the end. Then again you don't NEED any of these products but static-y less soft clothing and bedsheets are not as nice.




       I won't begin by saying I am some kind of expert on dryer balls. Actually, I discovered them when I delved into the world of cloth diapers. This world as well as having my son and striving for options with less chemicals for him got me to learn about dryer balls. I have only tried one other set before so I cannot compare them to all dryer balls but will compare these to the set of 3 dryer balls I bought off of Amazon several months previously.



Woolzies claims and my opinions:

   Let's begin with the size of the dryer balls. These dryer balls dwarf the other set I have. They are quite a bit bigger, check it out:




    Woolzies claims that their dryer balls are noise free. I can say that NO they are not silent but when you see how dense and big they are you expect MUCH more noise. The 3 smaller dryer balls I had before getting these made an awful racket, so these SIX are much quieter then those THREE.

    Static reduction. There is less static then without any dryer balls. Is it less then if a sheet was used? Maybe- maybe not. A nice benefit of dryer balls over sheets is that it is cloth diaper safe while softeners and sheets are not because they coat the diapers and cause repelling.

    Wrinkle elimination. Im not sure how well this works but I cannot complain about my laundry coming out very wrinkled.

   Softness. "Gentle friction softens laundry fibers." This is the biggest thing I probably noticed. Laundry is coming out fluffy and soft. So so fluffy!



     A big thing many want when buying dryer balls is reduction of dryer time hence money savings in the electrical bill.  Woolzies claim to reduce drying time by UP to 25% in a large loads and more in small loads! Don't expect or look for miracles. The time isn't going to disappear by 1/2 or more, it just isn't. Now does this product help shave of 5-15 minutes on a 40-50 minute load, yeah. The reduction in drying time also depends on how full the dryer is. The less the amount of laundry in the dryer the faster the balls help. I have noticed that I don't have to do 50 minute cycles on low heat anymore but that 40 is usually sufficient in a medium-large load.

      How do you use/care for them? For optimal results you toss in all 6 balls. You never have to remove them or do anything to them. After a dry cycle take out your laundry and keep the balls in the dryer until you need them next. I have heard you can also add a drop of essential oil on them if you want your laundry to have a certain scent (lavender, vanilla, coconut). The box claims that overtime pilling occurs, you can remove this pilling but it actually aids the process. If you feel the dryer balls have lost their static reduction quality you can get it back by placing the dryer balls in socks and running them through a wash cycle and they will be good as new!

     Have you tried dryer balls before? What do you love about them? Do you notice a difference in your laundry?

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28 comments:

  1. I would like to try these Woolzies!

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    1. I haven't tried Dryer Balls before.

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  2. I like that they can be used with cloth diapers!

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  3. I started using them when I started cloth diapers, but I like avoiding the chemicals of dryer sheets and creating less trash!

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  4. I like that using wool dryer balls doesn't add any chemicals to our laundry or to the air we all breathe outside.

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  5. Love that they're cloth diaper safe and that they're eco-friendly!

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  6. I love that they make clothes soft!

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  7. I love that they last through so many loads.

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  8. I love that they are made of a pure substance and so there's no "off-gassing" as with the plastic dryer balls.

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  9. I love that they reduce drying time.
    Angela Mitchell

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  10. I like that woolzies reduces drying time by 25% and will last 1000 loads.

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  11. I like that I can use them with my cloth diapers and they cut down drying time!

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  12. I love dryer balls! I have some older ones that I made myself that definitely need replacing, thanks! :)

    And you're totally right, they aren't silent at all!

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  13. I love everything about wool dryer balls! They help reduce drying time, they last years, they are natural and do not contain any harsh chemicals, and they are cloth diaper safe! And I totally agree about the noise. I recently bought a four-pack (different brand), and the first time we used them my husband and I were sitting in the living room and I was panicking over a loud banging noise coming from the basement. Husband went and checked it out and told me "those are your dryer balls!"

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  14. I love that they save money by reducing drying time! And I love that they don't have any nasty smells or chemicals.

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  15. there are no chemicals and you can use them with cloth diapers!

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  16. I like that dryer balls decrease drying time and can be used with both diaper and regular laundry.

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  17. i like that they are natural

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  18. Faster drying time for cloth diapers!

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  19. I was going to make some to try...but this would be easier & I'm sure much better! From what I've heard they are great for cloth diapers.

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  20. i love that they decrease drying time naturally!! thanks so much for the great giveaway!
    beth c

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  21. I've never tried dryer balls!

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  22. i like dryer balls money saving abilities the most.

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  23. I like that they shorten drying time!

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  24. reduce drying time and are good with cloth diapers!

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  25. I like that they reduce drying time and soften clothes naturally. I don't like that my daughter thinks they are toys so they always disappear.

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  26. I like that they do not have any chemicals in them.... I have not tried them yet.

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