Have you ever wanted to go a more natural route in your laundry care routine without sacrificing the softness and ‘cling-free’ clothes you enjoy? Have you ever thought about Wool Dryer Balls? In our household we have gone without fabric softener for quite some time now (almost a year I believe) and we have never used dryer sheets, yet our clothes are perfectly fine and don’t get the build-up you would get using a liquid softener.
The reasoning behind doing away with the softener is mostly to prevent build-up on our clothes, but also because we want to avoid putting any chemicals near our skin. The only issue this creates is that sometimes in the winter our clothes do get a little clingy. I suppose this could be resolved if we separated our laundry better, but really…who has time for that?!
This of course meant we needed to find an alternative to those chemical laden dryer sheets and fabric softeners. I actually have been using some plastic dryer balls for quite some time and they seem to work great, although hubby still hasn’t quite figured out that you need to keep them in the dryer for them to actually work. 🙂 More recently though, I was given the opportunity to try some Wool Dryer Balls from The Willow Store. I was thrilled to be able to try these because I’ve been wanting to try wool ones for a LONG time!
About ReusaWool Dryer Balls
ReusaWool Dryer Balls are the natural solution to reducing dry time, reducing static and softening your clothes, all with out the use of harsh chemicals. Even better, they are all made right here in the USA. Everyone does laundry, and ReusaWool can save up to 50% of the time and energy it takes to dry your clothes. Great for all laundry, and they’re reusable for years!
How do they work?
They speed up drying time and reduce static by gently separating your clothes as they tumble. So, the more the better. The Willow Store suggests about 2-3 of their dryer balls. I have read that you get even better results when you use 6+. I have also read that you can put some drops of essential oils into the wool dryer balls if you want fragranced laundry! I haven’t tried this yet but I’m actually going to give it a go as soon as I can find some high quality organic essential oil.
Our house is always full of laundry. With just two kids and two adults we were constantly doing laundry, and now that we have a third child with more clothes and cloth diapers to wash you can imagine that our machine is going all the time!
Diapers get washed every other day and I dry my inserts in the dryer since they take the longest to dry. The wool dryer balls actually do help to speed up the drying time, but we have a dryer with a sensor and sometimes it shuts off the dyer a little too soon and we have to turn it back on for a bit.
The clothes seem to come out nice and soft, although still a little bit of cling in the dry winter months, but like I said before — we really need to be better about separating our laundry loads. I also found it can be a bit of a pain trying to locate all the balls when you remove the dry laundry. Sometimes they end up inside sleeves of sweatshirts or down pant legs, but this is no different with the other balls I was using…you just have to remember to find them and put them back in the dryer.
Here are some tips I found to help reduce cling:
•Try to wash cotton and polyester separate. The rubbing of the two creates friction. (We need to work on this in our house)
•Don’t over-dry your laundry (a dryer that has a sensor is a big help, but again you have to make sure you have similar clothes for it to function properly).
•Keep a spray bottle full of water by the dryer. You can use it to spray really staticy stuff like fleece blankets and jammies.
•Use vinegar in your final rinse cycle.
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