3 Reasons to Dump Your Dryer Sheets and Go Balls to the Wall
We’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Dryer balls, specifically wool hand felted ones, are the ideal replacement to outdated, chemical-laden, commercial sheets.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.
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.