Do you know how to use wool dryer balls?
In case you've been living under a cloth diaper rock, wool dryer balls are the greatest thing since sliced bread.
But if you're like me, you didn't know about these little spheres of heaven for a long time.
Now - I will NEVER use dryer sheets or fabric softener again and I bet you won't either!
So today, I'm going to breakdown how to use wool dryer balls and why they need to be the newest addition to your sustainable lifestyle.
Let's jump in!
Quick Jump Guide: How to Use Wool Dryer Balls
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1. What Is A Wool Dryer Ball?
Simply put - a wool dryer ball is an eco-friendly alternative to dryer sheets and liquid fabric softener.
They are natural and biodegradable and can be used on both your cloth diapers and your normal clothes.
2. How Do Wool Dryer Balls Work?
These woolie balls help prevent laundry from clumping in the dryer. The balls also hold onto the heat from the drying process.
By keeping the laundry from clumping up, they increase the air flow between your clothes to allow them to be surrounded by the warm air.
Shorter Drying Times = Saved Money
More importantly, wool dryer balls help to soften the fabrics of your clothes.
As the balls roll around the dryer, they will continually agitate the fibers in your clothes.
In addition, wool dryer balls will help take care of static cling.
3. How To Use Wool Dryer Balls
While these tiny colored balls may look intimidating - the process is simple.
- Wash Your Clothes Like Normal
- Put Your Wet Clothes Into The Dryer
- Put In Your Wool Dryer Balls
- Normal Sized - 8-12
- XL Sized use an additional 3-4
- Start The Cycle as Normal
Pro Tip: If you want a scent like you get with your normal fabric softener or dryer sheets, you can use a drop of essential oil on each ball to add an all-natural fragrance of your choice.
It's that easy.
The first few times you use the dryer balls in a cycle, you may want to keep an eye on your dryer.
You will have to reduce the length of each cycle as the wool will speed up the process.
4. Benefits of Wool Dryer Balls
As we always look for way to save the planet and our pocket book, wool dryer balls can help you immensely.
Saving Money With Dryer Balls
First of all, wool dryer balls can be used for up to 1,000 loads of laundry! Holy fluff!
You read that correctly. 1,000 loads of laundry.
Because of that insane statistic, you will save money because you don't need to replace the balls as often.
For example, your typical box of dryer sheets will last you about 200 loads and cost around $10.
That's $50 for 1,000 loads as opposed to $9.99 here at Nicki's.
Decreasing Your Carbon Footprint
While your wallet will be heavier, your carbon footprint won't be.
How could this be possible you ask?
On average, using wool dryer balls will help your clothes dry 20-30% faster.
To put that into perspective - let's say your clothes are typically dry in 45 mins. With dryer balls, your clothes can be dry within 36 mins on the high end.
Over the course of 1,000 loads of laundry, you will reduce your cycle time by 9,000 minutes or 150 hours!
On top of ALL of that, once the wool dryer balls wear out, they are 100% biodegradable. Meaning less waste in landfills. Woot!
Protect You and Your Baby's Health
Since wool dryer balls are 100% natural, they don't have any of the harmful chemicals that are normally in dryer sheets.
In case you didn't know, dryer sheets typically have benzyl acetate which is linked to respiratory irritation and chloroform.
You might be thinking "I don't rub dryer sheets on my body. How can they harm me?"
You're right (sorta).
All of those harmful chemicals can still get absorbed into your clothes which touch every part of your body.
More importantly, your cloth diapers will absorb those as well.
Conclusion - How To Use Wool Dryer Balls
I told you!
Wool dryer balls are the greatest thing since sliced bread.
From saving the environment (and your wallet) to protecting the health of your family, these little globes of heaven will rock your sustainable life!
Time to rock your sustainable lifestyle with Nicki's Diapers Wool Dryer Balls.
These little guys have all of the benefits of other dryer balls, BUT ours comes in cute colors like - purple, pink, green, blue, yellow and so many more.
On top of that, we offer free shipping on orders over $10 AND they come with an amazingly cute reusable storage bag that can be used for anything!