Like most people I know, I am not a fan of doing laundry. It really is a never ending chore. The washing, the drying, then folding and putting away. I always feel a sense of accomplishment once I’ve reached the bottom of the laundry pile, but that feeling is squashed by the end of the day when it starts piling up again. It probably wouldn’t be so bad if the process went a little quicker, as we know that laundry can usually turn into an all day chore. I am always on the lookout for shortcuts and timesavers, and now, thanks to Woolzies Dryer Balls, I may have found a way to shave off some of my laundry time.
Woolzies Dryer Ball are are 100% all natural New Zealand Wool. They were made to eliminate the need for fabric softeners and dryer sheets, both of which contain harsh chemicals that are not only bad for the environment, but can be dangerous to people that are allergic to those chemicals. When placed in the dryer, Woolzies act as a natural fabric softener, helping to reduce wrinkles and static. What had me saying “Woah! I need to try these!” is the claim that they reduce drying time by up to 25%.
I tested out a box of Woolzies XL Dryer Balls. The box contained 6 white, wool balls.
The balls were fairly large in size, and were pretty soft. I thought that with them being made of wool they would be itchy, but that was not the case. I also worried that due to their size, they would be loud knocking around in my dryer. Also, untrue! I was quite impressed that I couldn’t hear them at all when the dryer was on, but the real test was how well did they perform?
I did a normal load of every day clothing in my first load of laundry. After the clothes were done I did notice there was no static. Also I noticed that a lot of the clothes were wrinkle free. Yay! That saves time on ironing! These are looking like a winner already! But what about dry time? I didn’t test dry time on the first round as that always varies by load. My next 2 loads were identical. I used 14 bath towels. The first load dried in 2 hours and 50 minutes WITHOUT the Woolzies Dryer Balls. My second load of 14 bath towels WITH the Woolzies dryer balls dried in 2 hours and 25 minutes, saving me a total of 25 minutes of dry time. While it didn’t shave off a whole lot of time, that’s 25 minutes of wasted energy saved with each load when using the dryer balls.
I actually do like to use fabric softener because I like the scent it leaves on my clothes. That was the one thing that I did miss when using the Woolzies. However, upon further reading the instructions that come with the dryer balls, it said that once your dry cycle is complete, remove 2 balls and put a few drops of essential oil on them, then place them back into the dryer with the dry clothes, running it for 10 minutes without heat. This will leave a refreshing scent on your clothes, without the harsh chemicals of liquid softener or dryer sheets. I did notice quite a bit of pilling on the balls after about 10 uses, but they say that is normal and actually aids in softening the fabric.
Woolzies Dryer Balls are guaranteed to last at least 1000 loads, so one box will last quite a long time. (Yeah, I know, it seems like we go through that in a week. Right moms?)
The balls are completely safe for those with wool sensitivities, and are 100% Eco Friendly. Each box of 6 retails for $34.95. This may seem steep, but thinking about how much you will save when you eliminate liquid fabric softener and dryer sheets, plus the energy savings, this is quite a bargain!
Overall, I am pleased with the results that I have received using the Woolzies Dryer Balls!