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Why You Need to Ditch Dryer Sheets and Use Wool Dryer Balls!

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Are wool dryer balls really a better alternative to dryer sheets?


YES! Wool dryer balls are a 100% natural replacement for dryer sheets, made from wool, natures fabric softener. 

As laundry warms up in the dryer, the fabric softener on the sheets become warm and put a coating of softener on our clothes. These softeners are chemicals!

We wash and dry our clothes in chemical laden detergents and fabric softener full of perfumes and dyes and ingredients that I cant even pronounce!

Then we put our clothes and linens up against our skin, which absorbs everything.

Even if some websites, usually sponsored by the big companies, say their product is safe, are you willing to take that risk for you and your family?

Wool dryer balls are a safe solution! PLUS…they will save you money! A win-win.



5 Reasons why you should use wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets

  • 1. They are chemical free, unlike dryer sheets! Dryer sheets are full of chemicals!
  • 2. They can cut your drying time by 25%
  • 3. They help reduce static-when used correctly
  • 4. They save you money because they can be re-used over and over again
  • 5. They increase the fluffiness of your clothes


Why ditch your dryer sheets? 

Dryer sheets are full of chemicals!  To get chemicals out of my house and off our clothes was my number one reason to make the switch.

Then finding out it would also save money was an additional plus!

Whatever you put on your skin is absorbed straight into your body and blood system. 

Nicotine patches work well on the skin because it is absorbed straight through the skin, into the blood system.

The same holds true for other products we put on our skin.    


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What do dryer sheets do to clothes?

The heat of the dryer softens the fabric softener on the fabric sheet and allows the coating to transfer to fabrics. This coating of chemicals remains on your clothes as you wear them.

Since we wear clothes everyday (I hope), this is one of the most toxic things we are using on a regular basis!

Dryer sheets and fabric softener are perfume laden and full of toxic chemicals which are contributing to the development of chronic illness.

According to the Allergy and Environmental Health Association/Ontario the chemicals in dryer sheets and fabric softeners are associated with Central Nervous System disorders, dementia, respiratory disorders and are carcinogenic.

Scary stuff since we are exposed daily!

There is a solution- Wool Dryer Balls!

How to use dryer balls correctly


Imagine a big load of wet clothes going into the dryer.

You hit start and the massive wad of fabric will flop around and stick together for a while before the layers become dry enough to separate and let the warm air circulate. 

Now imagine wool dryer balls (I bought mine on Amazon) bouncing around, working their way between layers of fabric, allowing the warm air to circulate more efficiently from the very start of the cycle and drying the clothes more quickly.

Because dryer balls also agitate against the fibers in clothes and linens, everything feels softer coming out of the dryer and also take care of static cling, if used properly.

Dryer balls need room to work! Because they need room to bounce against wet clothes they do their best work when the dryer isn’t crammed full.

You’ll find that 2 medium size loads will dry faster and more efficiently than one gigantic load. I used 3-4 dryer balls per load.


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What if I still have static cling? 

This is probably the number one complaint in the winter, but it isn’t because of the dryer balls, its because of over drying our clothes! Do not allow your dryer to run too long.

If you have the automatic setting on your dryer, use it!

The dryer will automatically turn off when the clothes are dry, as opposed to setting a time for your dryer.

Remember, dryer balls will dry your clothes faster than your old drying times!  This will save on energy but also on the longevity of your clothes. 

If you are one that hits the fluff cycle several times because you keep forgetting about the clothes in the dryer, (ugh, this is so me) slightly wet the dryer balls as explained below.

Another cause of static is synthetic materials like polyester, rayon, nylon and acrylic. Try to separate synthetics to keep the rest of your laundry static free.


 folded laundry from wool dryer balls

A solution for static

What I have found as a solution to static cling is to slightly wet the wool dryer balls. I simply spray them with some water with a hand spray bottle I got at the dollar store.

The laundry will dry faster than the wool dryer balls, because they are so dense, elevating humidity levels in the dryer.

Works like a charm and doesn’t harm the dryer balls in any way, nor does it increase the drying time at all!

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How to get the fresh smell of dryer sheets

Add essential oils to the dryer balls before adding to the dryer.  There are so many options when it comes to this! Pick your favorite essential oils and add 3-4 drops to each dryer ball.

This usually lasts 2-4 loads before I have to add more! My favorite is Lavender but it’s fun to try different oils and combinations.

Just know that you will not get the overwhelming scent that comes with dryer sheets as there is no coating of chemicals going on your clothes.


How about laundry detergent?

In addition to using wool dryer balls (my favorite ones) for drying, I have switched our laundry detergent to the “Clear” types for washing.

No perfumes or dyes! There are many clean brands on the market for you to try. 


Top 5 Reasons to use Wool Dryer Balls Summarized

Wool Dryer balls are a safe alternative to using dryer sheets and fabric softener!

  • 1. They are chemical free, unlike dryer sheets! Dryer sheets are FULL of chemicals!
  • 2. They can cut your drying time by 25%
  • 3. They help reduce static-when used correctly
  • 4. They save you money because they can be re-used over and over again
  • 5. They increase the fluffiness of your clothes


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Have you tried wool dryer balls?  Let me know any tips you have found that work with your laundry.



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