Why use dryer balls? Dryer balls do many different things for your drying load of laundry. Heavier dryer balls help to break up clothing, cloth diapers, sheets, and towels while they are drying. This makes your laundry dry faster and saves you money. Dryer balls are also known for their ability to lessen static and are often used as a replacement for dryer sheets. Scented wool dryer balls can help your laundry smell extra fresh and are often scented with natural oils that are much healthier than the chemicals used in traditional dryer sheets.
|Stoney Mountain Farm Wool Dryer Balls|
I buy wool dryer balls. Wool is fantastic not just because it is a natural fiber, but because it is naturally resistant to bacteria. This is why wool is used in many cloth diapers as well. Local stores will carry plastic or rubber dryer balls, but these products are made with PVC, which is a chemical that is poisonous. If you desire more information on this topic, please check out this article at TreeHugger: Nellie's Dryer Balls. In addition, you may have heard to use tennis balls in the laundry to fluff coats or bedding while they are drying. Tennis balls are made with rubber and can also have extra chemicals that are released with heat. I prefer to know that no extra chemicals or colors are being released into my clothes while they are drying.
scented or unscented
Many wool dryer ball artisans offer to scent the dryer balls with natural oils. This can be great if you have a favorite scent and love to have your clothes to have a fresh dryer smell. You can also buy a separate set of scented dryer balls for the bed linens and towels. Imagine how much safer the natural oils are compared to the random chemicals in traditional dryer sheets!
However, using scented all the time can be problematic for men's clothes, when your guy doesn't want to smell like an orange. It can also compete with your favorite perfume. So be sure to consider the pros and cons of scented wool dryer balls and also know that you can choose to scent them yourself using your favorite natural oil.
felted over wound
|Wool Dryer Balls by Green Baboon Designs|
I attempted to buy "felted" dryer balls the first time around but they were not felted at all. The Etsy seller may have gone through a partial felting process, but the yarn strands were very obvious. So if you desire to buy a felted wool dryer ball, be sure to differentiate between balls that are slightly felted and balls that have undergone the full process of being felted.
the natural look or the brighter the better
Deciding whether to go for natural colored fibers or to go with bright colored dryer balls is a matter of personal preference. The natural fibers often contain no dyes, which can be great for a family with allergies. Otherwise, have fun with the colors! Most shops who sell wool dryer balls have a beautiful array of colors to choose from and many combinations packages as well.
Tons of tutorials exist on how to DIY dryer balls. Personally, I don't have the time or patience to sit and wind my own dryer balls. This be said, I will link you to the best tutorials for making wool dryer balls for all of you awesome people who will do this yourself. You rock.
|How to Make a Sewn Dryer Ball|
How to Make Wool Dryer Balls Tutorial by thinking-about-cloth-diapers.com
Make Your Own Wool Dryer Balls by Good Mama Diapers
How to Make Wool Dryer Balls From an Old Sweater by Melody Gould
How to make a sewn dryer ball from recycled materials by Rebecca at Night Owl's Menagerie
How To Make Wool Dryer Balls With Wool Batting by carlynicoleelliotte
my top choices for dryer balls
Below are the wool dryer balls that have made the biggest impression on me. I planning to buy one of the following for my dryer:
|Wool Dryer Balls - Set of 6 by Bog Berry Handicraft|
Update: Here's a little coupon love from Bog Berry Handicraft!!! Use the code DesigningLife at checkout for 10% off
|Handmade Wool Dryer Balls by Natural Cuties|
|All Natural Wool Dryer Balls by Subito Farm|
|Recycled Sweater Wool Dryer Balls by Ela's Idea|
Feel free to link below to your favorite dryer ball. I'm completely curious and would love to see what dryer balls you've tried out. Thanks for reading today's blog!