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The Benefits of Switching to Wool Dryer Balls for Living Green

May 28, 2021

The Benefits of Switching to Wool Dryer Balls for Living Green
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You're in the middle of doing loads of laundry when you realize that all of your fabric softener dryer sheets are out. What do you do? Some people might grab a new box, but what if we told you that there is another option? Wool dryer balls! These wool balls have many benefits and can be used for an eco friendly lifestyle. Read on to find out about the benefits of wool dryer balls and how they can help make your life easier!

What Are Wool Dryer Balls?

Wool dryer balls are small, round wool balls that are about the size of a tennis ball. They can be used to replace the static cling of a dryer sheet and reduce drying time by up to one hour!

They are often made from premium New Zealand wool and can be bought in a variety of sizes to suit your needs.

They are also reusable, so they save the environment by only using one product instead of dozens! The wool is renewable and biodegradable, which means that it's all natural.

Wool is not just an all-natural alternative for laundry products, it also has many benefits over synthetic fabrics like polyester.

Why should you replace dryer sheets with wool dryer balls

Many fabric softener dryer sheets contain synthetic chemicals that can be harsh on the skin and cause allergic reactions.

fabric softener dryer sheets

Dryer sheets also contain artificial fragrance, which experts believe is a neurotoxin that has been linked to symptoms of Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Wool balls are made from New Zealand wool, so they don't have these harmful toxic chemicals!

The benefits of switching from dryer sheets to wool dryer balls provides a chemical free alternative for drying laundry that is renewable and biodegradable.

Do wool dryer balls really work?

When two or three balls are placed in the dryer, they create a tumbling action that more efficiently separates wet laundry and also helps reduce wrinkles. This means that less time is spent in the dryer which saves money on energy bills (plus it's better for the environment)!

They are great to use because not only does wool have natural static-repellent properties, but these balls won't leave chemicals on your clothing while softening the fabric fibers and making them feel new again.

There is no need to worry about wool dryer balls releasing harmful chemicals into the air or your laundry because they are 100% natural, chemical-free!

How Many Dryer Balls Should You Use During A Drying Cycle?

The number of dryer balls(s) you should use depends on the size of your load, but most people find that two or three dryer balls are enough for their clothes.

The natural wool balls are great because they can be used over and over again which saves money in the long run!

Is there a difference in wool dryer balls?

Wool dryer balls have grown in popularity and there are many options to choose from. But how do you know which is the best option for you?

You want to choose a wool dryer ball that is made of 100% New Zealand wool. This type will last longer and can absorb more water than other types such as cotton balls or synthetic materials.

The best wool dryer ball option for you may depend on the size, color, shape and packaging options available but in general you should go with a brand that you trust.

You should also make sure that wool dryer balls are made with 100% wool before you purchase them. Wool can come from many different animals so it is important to be careful and only buy the ones that say they are safe for use in your home.

wool dryer balls work

How do you recharge wool dryer balls?

After several uses, you may notice that your wool dryer balls become extremely dry and incapable of absorbing humidity. The best way to recharge your dryer balls is by washing them in hot water on a gentle cycle and then drying on high heat. This will help regenerate the wool and give the dryer balls an extra boost - like new. 

Are wool dryer balls better than fabric softener?

Wool dryer balls are a great chemical free alternative to fabric softener. But do they soften clothes as well? Yes, they do. They are not as harsh on clothes and will actually help to release wrinkles in the fabric.

As your laundry dries, the balls fluff and redistribute humidity in the dryer eliminating wrinkles, reducing static cling and providing a softer feel to your fabrics. By using these balls, your laundry will come out cleaner, softer, and smelling amazing!

How long do wool dryer balls last?

One of the best features of using dryer balls is that they have a long lifespan. The wool is a natural material, unlike many other dryer balls on the market which are made with synthetic materials and plastics. This means you can use them for years without having to worry about toxic chemicals entering your home or ending up in our landfills!

Wool dryers balls typically last for over 1000 loads of laundry and may need to be replaced after two to five years, depending on how often you use them.

Are dryer balls bad for your dryer?

Luckily wool is not as dense as synthetic materials, so wool dryer balls won't damage your machine as they bounce around during a drying cycle. Be sure not to overload your dryer with clothes. Too many clothes will prevent your laundry from drying properly and make it take longer, which wastes energy.

Can you add scent to wool dryer balls?

One of the benefits to using fabric softener is the fresh scent they leave on clothing. Since wool dryer balls are unscented, an option to get the same clean fresh scent to your laundry is to add essential oils to your dryer balls without the use of artificial fragrances.

essential oil

Can you use wool dryer balls if you are allergic to wool?

Wool dryer balls are generally hypoallergenic, which means that they are unlikely to cause allergic reactions. Since the wool is not directly touching the skin and dryer balls do not shed or pill, they are a great option even for those with sensitive skin.

Some people may be allergic to the scent of wool or the lanolin on their clothing so it's important to test just one ball at first before adding them all in your load.


Do Dryer Balls Remove Pet Hair From Clothing?

The balls bounce around, bumping into your clothes and sheets and thus reducing the buildup of static in your laundry. When you use them for drying laundry, pet hair will stick to the wool instead of ending up in your dryer’s lint trap.

pet hair removal

How To Store Wool Dryer Balls In between Uses

Wool dryer balls are best stored in a well ventilated area. They often come in an organic linen bag for storage. However some people prefer to leave them in the dryer between uses.

wool dryer balls in canvas storage bag

Are Dryer Balls Safe To Use On Baby's Laundry?

Wool Dryer Balls are baby safe and are ideal for baby's sensitive skins. Wool balls can even be used in cloth diapers and baby laundry. Dryer balls are made of 100% organic wool and don’t contain any chemicals or additives. They even protect your baby's sensitive skin while preventing the deterioration of waterproof layers in baby diapers.

Ingredients Matter Wool Dryer Balls

At Ingredients Matter, we are committed to providing eco friendly alternatives for doing loads of laundry. Our Wool dryer balls are a natural alternative to chemical-laden fabric softeners and dryer sheets. They're made from 100% New Zealand wool, hand wound and responsibly assembled. Our dryer balls come in a reusable canvas bag for storage. One pack of organic New Zealand wool dryer balls has three premium-grade, high quality dryer balls that last up to 1000+ loads--without anyone ever having to worry about synthetic chemicals in laundry or living a more eco-conscious lifestyle.

New Zealand wool dryer ball

Wool dryer balls are an eco-friendly way to reduce synthetic chemicals in your laundry. They work just as well or better than other methods of drying clothes, and they also have a lot of added benefits such as saving space in the closet with their small size, being easy to store away when not in use, and having no risk for fire hazard like conventional dryers do. If you're looking for a green alternative that is more efficient than what you've been using before now, look into wool ball dryer sets!

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