When I first started this blog, I told you guys about how I saved on dryer sheets – by making my own with diluted fabric softener. But I’ll be honest…since trying to go more natural around here, it was starting to annoy me to buy fabric softener since I was using vinegar in the wash in lieu of that. Why buy fabric softener just for dryer sheets? So, I decided to quit. I was only using it in the cold winter months anyway since I like to dry my clothes outside when it’s warm.
I had read that using dryer balls would cut down on static in the dryer AND make your clothes dry faster. That sounded like a win-win to me. So, I began to look around at all the options. I first read that you could use tennis balls…..but then several people voiced concern that they had actually tinted some of their clothing yellow. Not cool man. There are several different types on Amazon, but a lot of them aren’t BPA free – and BPA gives me the freak out a little bit. I had these PVC Free Dryer Balls on my “wish list” for the longest time, but then I decided to go with something even more natural – wool.
I decided to go with wool because I just love all the wonderful properties it has – it doesn’t mold, it’s antimicrobial….it’s just an awesome “fabric.” After researching, I read it’s best to use 4-6 balls, so I wanted to order 6. I looked all over Etsy and finally settled on these from Borrowed Wool. They are top quality and so pretty! Borrowed Wool also has great customer service.
They really do reduce drying time! I’ve also read in multiple places that they’re great to have when drying cloth diapers because they fluff them up a bit. The best part? You just reuse them again and again……forever. No need to buy more – unless your toddler hides them and you can’t find them anywhere and you search high and low for about 24 hours before you find them hidden behind her bed for safe keeping. I can highly recommend Borrowed Wool if you’re looking to buy a set of your own.
They can soften your clothes and I’ve also read that they reduce static. Did they reduce static for me? Well, not really. But, that’s likely because in the winter it’s hard to get rid of ANY static, especially if you have any fleece in the dryer – that’s stuff is full of electric charge. When I want to give my clothes a pretty smell, I put one drop of lavender essential oil on each ball….it works GREAT! One drop on each ball works for about three loads and it also helps control static cling.
I could have opted to make my own……and if I had some wool yarn around, I might have done that. I looked at a ton of tutorials – this one from The Good Mama is a great one. But, after consulting with my genius friend Brandy, the knower of all things wool, we both decided that for me, it would make more sense to just buy them – after buying the yarn and spending the time to make them, I wouldn’t have come out ahead. BUT, if you have wool yarn just hanging around, then you might want to use that tutorial and make your own.
One of my favorite blogs, DIY Natural also had an interesting point about avoiding chemicals in the dryer if you don’t have dryer balls or essential oils. You can dampen your hands and fluff your clothes when they come out of the dryer to help get rid of static. All this talk of static and the dryer makes me yearn for the warm months when I can hang my laundry outside and watch it blow in the breeze – it’s the little things in life that bring such contentment.