Wool Dryer Balls: 3 Reasons to Make the Switch

3 Reasons to Dump Your Dryer Sheets and Go Balls to the Wall

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 10.37.27 AMWe’re all familiar with dryer sheets. Downy, Bounce, Fabreeze…these brands grace the shelves of every Target, Walmart and supermarket you’ve probably ever visited.

But did you know that there are better, more efficient ways to dry your laundry, reduce static, and add beautiful fragrance to your family’s clothes?

Enter: Dryer Balls

Dryer balls, specifically wool hand felted ones, are the ideal Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 10.38.08 AMreplacement to outdated, chemical-laden, commercial sheets. They work by tumbling through your laundry, separating your otherwise tangled wet clothing. This helps warm air to circulate more efficiently through your laundry. What this does is shorten your cycle, helping to save you money in the long run. In short, these laundry gems prevent your clothes from sticking together and clumping, and increase air circulation. All of this helps reduce the amount of time it takes your clothes to dry. Thanks for the reduction in my electric bill! (In case you didn’t know, running the dryer is the home appliance that uses the most electricity in your home).

Another thing that is great about these felted wool alternatives is that they are reusable for thousands and thousands of cycles. For example, I have been using these: http://vitaforhome.com/products/dryer-balls for 6  months so far, and they look just as good as the day I got them. If you do see any pilling, it’s not a bad thing. It only increases the surface area that the balls can absorb moisture.

Speaking of absorbing moisture, that’s another way that dryer balls save you time and energy. The wool material gradually absorbs the moisture that is expelled from your laundry, gently fluffing up the balls. Not only does this make them bigger so they separate your clothes more efficiently, but it also leads to better, quicker drying of your loved ones shirts, pants, sweaters and delicates. You don’t get these advantages with those hedgehog dryer balls, or the more common plastic ones.

Dryer Balls Replace Both Sheets and Fabric Softener

The best dryer balls will literally pay for themselves. Above we discussed that the balls separate your laundry and help prevent clumping. This of course reduces your dry time, saving you moolah in your electric bill every month. Additionally, it allows air to circulate more efficiently, AND they also bump up against your clothes, helping them to soften up. Just take a look at this picture that compares a towel dried with and without it.

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Look at how much dryer balls fluff up an old towel! All without chemicals.

Not only do you save time, shopping and money from not needing to buy extra laundry accessories, you save your family from being exposed to a crazy amount of chemicals. This article from the EPA explains some of the dangers you may unwittingly be exposing your children to. Check out the link above to see some of the side effects, too.

Worried About Losing Fragrance?

Don’t be. You can use your favorite restorative essential oils — DoTerra, Young Living and Now Brands all work great. And you can custom blend for a your own signature scents! I love Lavender and Citrus.

Still skeptical? Check out this video.

The Classic Mesh Strainer Bag for Nut Milk: Your Favorite Kitchen Gadget

Have you been thinking about buying a nut milk bag, fine mesh strainer, juicer, or cold brew coffee machine? Why not save yourself some money, instead, by opting for a mesh strainer bag? A strainer bag is truly a simple kitchen gadget that you cannot live without. It is simple, affordable, washable, and durable. In this article, we will tell you just a few of our favorite things to do with this kitchen utensil. Look no further for lots of ideas on how to use yours. 

Cold Brewed Coffee Companion

Nut Milk Bag for Almond Milk, Cashew, and Hemp
Nut Milk Bag for Almond Milk, Cashew, and Hemp

Are you all about the coffee drinks? If so, you are not alone. Cold brewed coffee is the newest rage in creating a slightly less acidic, sweeter coffee drink. It can be used to make coffee concentrate, iced coffee drinks, added to recipes, alcoholic drinks, and much more. But to create this sort of coffee you must let coarsely ground beans sit in water for hours, then strain them out. The perfect and easiest way to do this is with this strainer. Get your delicious cold brew coffee done in a snap.

Juice in a Flash

Want fresh juice but do not want to invest in a juicer or clean yours each day? Do you have a blender and bag? If so you can start juicing without a juicer. Use the same fresh ingredients you would in your juicer. Chunk them up, throw them in your blender, and blend on high until smooth. Then use your the bags to separate the juice from the leftover pulp. Viola! Fresh, delicious, healthy juice. You can eve save the pulp for later use in things like smoothies, baked goods, or other fruity recipes.

Make Your Own Nut Milk

If you love almond or seed milk you are not alone. But did you know you can make your own nut and seed milk at home? Again, you can do this with a mesh strainer bag, a blender or food processor, nuts, and water. After you blend the water and nuts together just use the mesh bag to strain out the pulp. Drink up! Or use your almond, seed, or other type of nut milk in recipes. This is perfect for those loved ones who may have lactose intolerance. It is also fantastic for those who are following a vegan diet. 

Want more information? Reusable nut milk bag, top mesh strainer bags and this homepage should do the trick. Of course, the video below is great, too!


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