I hate doing laundry. But, I have to wash diapers every day. And I have to wash my baby’s clothes pretty frequently. I figure my own laundry can wait. If I’m a little on the questionable side, I figure I can blame it on having a baby. Right? Well, one of the things that is so annoying about laundry is that our drier is pretty old and it usually takes a few cycles to get everything dry. That means that most of the time, I end up with wet clothes in the washing machine that are forgotten about after that second dryer cycle starts. Then, of course, by the time I remember the clothes in the wash, they have to be re-washed which means anything else that needs to be washed has to wait. I swear I need a laundry mat in my house. If I had 6 washers and dryers my life would be so awesome. Yup. More washers and dryers would make my life complete. It’s the one thing I miss about having to pay to wash my clothes- I could do ALL of my laundry at once!
Well, I had been hearing whispers about how great wool dryer balls are, but I never really got around to trying them. I had resigned myself to long dry times, not to mention static and no softener because I like to make things as horrible for Papa B as possible. NO CHEMICALS IN THE HOUSE!!!! He’s gotten used to it now, but I know it still annoys him at times. He just hasn’t quite hitched his wagon completely onto my eco-friendly (crazy?) train just yet. But he will. Muh ha ha, he will! My brain washing powers only increase with time! Oh wait, where was I? Dryer balls (by the way, Papa B is incapable of hearing the words “dryer balls” without a crude joke. Sorry guys. TMI.). So, I had been hearing about wool dryer balls and then I saw an invitation to try Woolzies Dryer Balls and I jumped at the chance.
Woolzies are handmade out of pure New Zealand wool. They are made by Nepalese women in the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. This is a big plus for me. I care about where my products come from and who my dollars support. The production of Woozies dryer balls provides much needed employment to these Nepalese women.
According to the Woolzies website, these wool dryer balls:
* Soften your laundry naturally without any of the chemicals of conventional fabric softeners.
* Save time and energy by cutting down on drying time by an average of 25% per load.
* Help reduce static and wrinkles.
* Last about 1,000 loads.
Sounds like the answer to my prayers. Well, sort of. They don’t magically create 6 more washers and dryers in my home, but they just might be the next best thing.
I have to say, they’re pretty cool. Little B’s enormous all-in-one cloth diapers did dry faster! Instead of two full cycles, they needed about 1 1/3 cycles. Not bad. Everything else seemed to get dry the first time around.
We still had a little static, but less than before. I swear I’ve nearly electrocuted myself pulling the dog bed covers out of the dryer. This time, they just stuck to each other a tiny bit. I can’t really comment on the wrinkles because, um, I don’t fold or iron…
I also like that they are completely scent free. I hear that you can add a few drops of essential oil if you want, but I have chosen not to.
The one downside is that they seem to get caught up in the laundry and misplaced. Kind of like socks, they seem to disappear and then reappear as if by magic. The box comes with 6. Last night we had 4 and today we have 5. But probably if you remove your laundry from the dryer, fold it, and then put it away they wouldn’t get lost… What I try to do is grab the laundry around the balls and just leave the balls in the dryer. When we find a stray one, we just toss it back inside.
All-in-all, I really like them. They make laundry go a little faster and I feel good about the product. Eco-friendly, all natural, hypo-allergenic, supports women in Nepal. Now if only I could find a product to fold my laundry and put it away.
P.S. They’re also great for keeping babies occupied while you’re doing laundry.
**Disclaimer: Soft By Nature, Inc. provided to me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose, nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product. All opinions expressed are my own.**