Wool Dryer Balls FAQ
What are the benefits of using wool balls in your dryer?
• Our 100% New Zealand all natural Wool Dryer Balls increase fluffiness and reduce static as dryer loads tumble
• They decrease drying time, saving you money on utility bills
• Commercial fabric softeners and dryer sheets are filled with harmful chemicals and perfumes that coat your clothing, eventually ending up on your skin. These chemicals can be especially harsh on sensitive skin
• Commercial dryer sheets can be expensive, and are thrown away after each use. Wool dryer balls can be re-used for years giving you massive savings
• Dryer balls help soften clothes naturally and can keep hundreds of pounds of waste and chemicals out of the environment
• Wool Dryer balls can be scented with essential oils of your choice!
• Tennis balls can also release harmful chemicals into your clothing, wool dry balls are natural, chemical free alternative to all the other options for fresh fluffy and soft laundry
How do they work?
• They bounce around in the dryer separating clothes allowing better air circulation
• As they tumble the wool balls fluff your laundry, reducing wrinkles and bounce around in your laundry making it softer
• They reduce the amount of time needed in the dryer by pulling the moisture out of your laundry saving you time and the energy
• The more wool dryer balls you have in the laundry the shorter the drying time will be.
Instructions: Toss 3 – 6 balls in with your wet clothes and start the dry cycle as normal. It’s that easy! You can simply store your dryer balls in the machine after each use, put them back into the included cloth bag or place them in a basket for a decorative accent in your laundry room. Since these dryer balls are made from 100% New Zealand Wool a few drops of essential oils may be added to lightly scent your laundry.
Q - What's wrong with using conventional dryer sheets?
A - Conventional dryer sheets can contain some really nasty chemicals such as: A-Terpineol - Associated with central nervous system disorders Benzyl Acetate – A carcinogen linked to pancreatic cancer Benzyl Alcohol - An upper respiratory tract irritant Camphor – It’s listed on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list Ethyl Acetate – Another culprit on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list and an irritant to the eyes and respiratory tract Considering your skin is the largest organ in your body - through which your body absorbs everything that you put on it (including lotions, makeup and perfume) you're going to want to stay away from as many chemicals as possible!
Q - How long will these dryer balls last?
A - There are dozens of factors in how much mileage you'll get from your Dryer Balls. Some families have harsher textured laundry (heavy denim overalls, multi-zippered garments, velcro on everything, etc.) whereas some have softer textured laundry (cottons, rayon, etc.) The amount of laundry you do, the temperature of your dryer, the weather outside, etc.
Q - What kind of wool do you use? Is it wool yarn, roving wool… ?
A - We use 100% wool yarn which that is three times over so you have no worries of it unraveling.
Q - How big are these dryer balls?
A - They are roughly 9 inches in circumference - a bit smaller then a grapefruit but larger then a tennis ball.
Q - What are your wool dryer balls made of?
A - Our dryer balls are 100% All Natural New Zealand Wool
Q - How are these any better than the plastic (PVC) ones that I got from my local superstore?
A - They are VERY different actually! The conventional plastic ones you see on TV and in your local store are made from plastic and when heated can emit harmful smells that can irritate the lungs. They also do not speed up your drying time because they do not absorb moisture. Our wool dryer balls also do not make any extra noise unlike the plastic dryer balls.
Q - Do your wool dryer balls reduce static?
A - They sure do! Some other ways to help reduce static are to put a ½ cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle of your wash and also to keep your natural fibers (cotton, silk, etc.) separate from your synthetic fibers (rayon, fleece, etc.) when in the dryer. The friction between the natural and synthetic are a major source of static.
Q - How many dryer balls do I REALLY need to use?
A - It really depends on the size of your load. If you've got a small load of dedicates then 2 to 3 will be more than enough. However, if you've got a huge load of nothing’ but fluffy wet towels and jeans then the more the better! A good rule of thumb is, the more you use, the more money it will save you in the long run.