There is a lot of buzz over wool dryer balls and you may be wondering if they really work, how they work, and why you should use them.
I have used several different brands of wool dryer balls for several years now and had the opportunity to review the ReusaWool dryer balls from The Willow Store.
Using wool dryer balls in very simple. You toss them in your dryer with your laundry and that’s it. There isn’t any special care needed and a set of dryer balls will last for several years. I leave my dryer balls in my dryer at all times.
You may be wondering if dryer balls are noisy and the answer is no. They tumble around with your laundry and you can barely tell they’re in your dryer. Of course with smaller loads you may hear them a little but in most cases you can’t hear them at all.
But why should you use wool dryer balls?
Reduces drying time. For a small load your drying time could be reduced by about half and about a quarter for larger loads. In general, the more balls you use the shorter your drying time should be. Most sources cite that at least 3-4 should be used to see a difference in drying time. This is because the balls move through your laundry and allow the air from the dryer to circulate through your clothes or cloth diapers. In addition the wool will absorb some of the moisture from your laundry.
Softens your laundry. Dryer balls naturally soften your laundry by bouncing around on the fabric. This is especially great for cloth diapers or very sensitive skin where you wouldn’t want to use dryer sheets. It also keeps chemicals and build up off your laundry that can be caused by dryer sheets.
In addition some sources say that dryer sheets are a fire hazard as they will cause a build up on your lint trap and in less common instances may get stuck in the lint trap themselves.
Reduce static naturally. Though wool dryer balls won’t reduce static completely it can help. If you are having static issues you can add a ball of aluminum foil to the dryer.
Over time wool dryer balls may get pilly. This is normal and doesn’t affect their function and won’t leave pills on your clothes but if it bothers you, you can use a lint shaver to clean them off. I leave them because I have heard that they actually work a little better if they’re fuzzy plus removing the pills can weaken the fabrics and potentially cause them to unravel prematurely.
ReusaWool dryer balls are felted wool and have a circumference of 9 inches, about the size of a tennis ball. They are great quality and are a fantastic addition to my dryer ball collection. You can buy them from The Willow Store for $6.95 each or $19.95 for a pack of three. They come in natural or an array of bright colors.
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