When I first began my quest to create a toxin free, healthier home for myself and my family–the safety of our laundry products was one of the first things I questioned. As someone who suffers from multiple chemical sensitivities, I’ve known for years that I can’t tolerate certain detergents or softeners (I break out in an itchy rash or immediately trigger a headache with one sniff of those scented dryer sheets.)
Intuitively I knew these products weren’t safe for my health or the health of my family. Here is just a sample of the research available that has validated what my body intuitively knew:
- The Dirt on Dryer Sheets — Mother Nature News
- Dryer Sheets or Fabric Softener: Which is Greener?–Gaiam
- The Toxicity of Dryer Sheets, Fabric Softener, and Laundry Detergents –The Health Wyze Report
- Dryer Vent: The Household Appliance that Releases 600 Potentially Dangerous Chemicals into the Air –Mercola.com
And the list goes on.. (although the article on Mercola.com is quite comprehensive!!)
As you can see, once you begin researching the actual toxicity of these products, it doesn’t take long to figure out that conventional detergents and scented dryer sheets are filled with chemicals that compromise your immune system, aggravate allergies, and promote disease.
What about “All Natural” and “Green” alternatives? Beware of GREENWASHING!
This is the first question I had, thinking that anything labeled green or all natural must be a better choice. What I found out the hard way was that many companies partake in “greenwashing”. This happens when they list only the chemicals they are required to list on the labeling via the FDA and other governing parties. Unfortunately there are many chemicals they are still allowed to use in the manufacturing process that they aren’t require to dispose to the consumer.
Enter the beauty of the Organic Wool Dryer Ball as an excellent solution to your fabric softening, non-toxic dryer sheet needs!! (We’ll talk more about Natural Detergents another time!)
The Benefits of Using Organic Wool Dryer Balls:
1. Your family will be healthier!
Organic wool dryer balls are made from 100% organic wool, free of any pesticides or chemicals. This means there are no toxic chemicals used to coat your clothing in the latest “fresh” smell that lingers for hours, and or days–coating your skin with carcinogens. They are hypoallergenic–which is great for anyone suffering from sensitive skin, eczema, asthma, or allergies.
2. You’ll save time and energy!
When using 4-6 wool dryer balls at a time, you will decrease the amount of time it takes to dry your wet laundry by 30-50%! Each ball helps to create space between your clothes so the warm air of your dryer can circulate deep inside the load to dry everything more thoroughly and efficiently, thereby saving precious electrical energy in the process!
3. You’ll save MONEY!
Wool dryer balls can be used over and over and over again–typically for 1500+ washes, which means you no longer need to throw away $8+ per box of scented dryer sheets. And, since your dry time is cut in half–you’ll save money on your energy bill, too!
4. You’ll soften your laundry and reduce wrinkles!
While I’m a proponent of line drying clothes whenever possible, I’ve found that when I don’t use anything to assist with drying, my clothes often come out rough and scratchy. As the wool dryer balls gently tumble through your clothing they naturally soften your clothes and reduce wrinkles in the process! I’ve found this to be true with towels, especially!!
5. You’ll decrease static cling!
No one is a fan of static–especially during dry cold winter months. Before purchasing my dryer balls–I tried going without any products whatsoever. Needless to say my daughter was not a fan!! Everytime she put a sweatshirt on over her head her hair would stand on end and we’d walk around the house shocking each other! Wool dryer balls naturally reduce the static cling of your clothing!
6. You will be kinder to the planet.
This is a given–you’re throwing less garbage away, lessening the amount of chemicals being sent into the atmosphere from your dryer vent, and reducing the amount of energy your home uses!
7. You might get more help doing laundry 🙂
Kids LOVE these things! My daughter enjoys finding the balls after we empty the dryer and fold clothes. Once she’s found them all she practices her free throw shots as she aims for dryer opening–keeping score with how many “baskets” she makes! FYI–if you’re dog loves tennis balls, he may get a bit confused and thinks these are for him, too! 🙂
Where to Buy Organic Wool Dryer Balls:
These are the ones I use! I purchased a six pack and have found that I really only need 4. Any more than that and my delicates seem to get a bit roughed up. 4 of these have been the perfect solution for my chemical free laundry drying needs!!
Heartfelt Organic Wool Dryer Balls are made of densely felted Organic New Zealand Wool.
Like Heartfelt, they are similarly priced and are made of Organic New Zealand Wool. I have not tried these personally, but they seem to have great reviews, too!
Miss that clean laundry smell? Add a few drops of essential oils to your dryer balls!
Just a few drops added to each ball of your favorite essential oil (like Lavender, Orange, or Lemon) will add a subtle fragrance to your laundry load after load! Simply add a bit more between loads when you notice the smell starting to fade.
**Please note any purchase made via one of the links above helps support The Compassionate Home website and my ability to keep writing these informative articles 🙂
Interested in making your own Wool Dryer Balls? Check out the Mother Earth Living tutorial below!