So remember that day last summer when I raved about how much better it is to line dry your cloth? You save money, it’s better for the environment, better for your cloths…. Well I have a secret.
I Love My Dryer!
There it’s out for all the world to see, this natural lady caved, BIG.TIME.
I can’t even tell you how many times that poor gas/electric dryer was put to work. You see crazy things happen when you realize that 7 of your girls with long, tick hair have lice the night before a huge event where 200 people are coming to visit and you have a youth group of 30 already there and there is no way out.
Yes folks that was NOT a pretty night, I’ll save the whole story for this fall when I talk about natural lice treatments.
Needless to say dryers save your life when you have lice. Lice die when they come with intense heat. So I did load after load of laundry. Thankfully I did have some awesome ladies helping me.
I have been eying wool dryer balls for a few years now ever since I saw them on Passtionate Homemaking because obviously if Lindsey liked them then I should get them. 😉 Right?
A few months after the lice fiasco I was given the opportunity to review some wool dryer balls, when Woolzies Dryer Balls contacted me trying out their product. I jumped for it, because this was the chance I had been waiting for!
I was beaming the day they came in the mail, in fact it was the same day Kimi’s amazing soup cookbook, Ladled arrived. Talk about an exciting day, dryer balls and a cookbook. It doesn’t take much to get this dorm mama excited.
Naturally I had to try them out the moment they arrived because who wouldn’t?
I was pleasantly surprised to discover just like they claim the dryer balls do lessen the drying time of your cloths. Now granted I can’t tell you by exactly how much time because I am horrible with details like that. The dryer I use is really old, all I know is I didn’t have to put it on for a second cycle like I normally do so I would guess that they shortened the normal drying time by 1/3. Not only am I saving electricity but gas as well cause that’s how we roll, yes I have a tank of propane attached to my dryer.
While dryers may not be the most frugal option there are times in life when they are the best option. When life throws lice, allergies (yup the dryer got a workout this spring too), endless rainy days, sleepless nights, sick kids, sometimes you need to cut yourself a bit of slack. So what if you don’t line dry your cloths, you are doing what is best for that time in life. Wool dryer balls are one of those things that help make using the dryer a more frugal option than they would be without.
Here are some frequently asked questions that Woolzies answers on their site:
Frequently Asked Questions about WOOLZIES®
Q1: What are WOOLZIES and how do they benefit me and the environment?
A: Regular fabric softeners, both in liquid and sheet form, contain numerous harsh chemicals which are toxic to the environment and even more dangerous to many people who have serious allergic reactions to them. The elderly, ailing and small children can suffer from a variety of negative symptoms which are really just allergic reactions to the harsh chemicals contained in these commercial fabric softening products.
Additionally, because WOOLZIES bounce around in your dryer, they naturally separate and create space between your laundry, thereby allowing the hot dryer air to circulate better and subsequently cutting down on drying time by about 25% in large loads and as much as 35-40% in small loads. This of course saves both time and money for you and energy for the environment.
Q2: How long will my WOOLZIES last?
A: WOOLZIES are guaranteed to last for 1,000 loads or your money back.
(Katie-Once your woolizes are “spent” they make great baby, little kids and pet toys)
Q3: If I have an allergy to wool, can I still use WOOLZIES?
A: Yes! Absolutely! Since the wool is not directly touching your skin and does not shed, everyone can use WOOLZIES without any allergic reactions.
Q4: Why are WOOLZIES better than rubber/plastic/tennis balls in the dryer?
A: Rubber and plastic balls are made from harsh chemicals including PVCs which are released onto your laundry by the hot dryer air. Not only are these types of dryer balls dangerous to your health, they are toxic to the environment as well. Additionally, the harsh tumbling action of rubber, plastic and tennis balls can damage your dryer’s sensitive electronic sensors. Finally, some of these types of balls may even melt slightly and cause fabric staining.
Q5: Why do the dryer balls seem to each vary slightly in size, shape and texture?
A: Our dryer balls are completely handmade. They are not mass produced by machine. Therefore you will notice variations in size, color and texture.
Woolizes is offering one of my readers the chance to win 3 wool dryer balls!