Wool Dryer Balls
Ditch the toxic dryer sheets! Switch dryer sheets for something natural and chemical free. Wool dryer balls dry and soften your clothes faster, without using chemically loaded dryer sheets or fabric softener.
Fabric softeners and dryer sheets contain petroleum-based toxins and unnatural fragrances. The toxic ingredients in these products may cause harm to the skin, and their synthetic fragrances could be a trigger for allergic reactions. Not to mention, the ingredients found in chemical softeners and dryer sheets are not environmentally friendly and can be quite harmful.
Normally, fabric sticks together in the dryer which can slow down the drying process. When you add dryer balls to your load, the balls will lift and separate your clothing, discouraging bunching and clinging. They also help to move heat evenly throughout your clothes which can reduce drying time.
Another benefit of wool dryer balls is that you can infuse them with your essential oils! Just place 5-7 drops of your favorite essential oil on each ball to gently infuse your laundry with a fresh scent free of synthetic perfumes.
My favorite oils to use with dryer balls are Purification, Citrus Fresh, Lemon and Lavender. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Most dryer ball sets come in packages of 3 or 4. I have found best results using 6-8 balls. Young Living sells dryer balls but you can buy them anywhere. I got mine from Amazon.
- Balls need to be replaced approximately every 1,000 loads.
- For best results, put essential oils on the wool dryer balls when there is about 10-20 minutes left in the cycle. However, I’m way too impatient and absent minded to do that. So I put them in the dryer at the very beginning and am very happy with the results.
- Some people like to also put a safety pin in each dryer ball to help prevent static cling. I’ve never had to do that and haven’t had a problem with static. But in case you do, try the safety pin trick.
What essential oils do you like using on your dryer balls? Tell me in the comments below!
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*Disclaimer: I provide my personal opinion and experiences with essential oils, and I am not endorsed by the Young Living Corporation. None of what I talk about on this site has been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered physician and I encourage you to discuss your health concerns with your own doctor. I simply share resources and tools based on my own personal experiences.