Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Woolzie's® Dryer Balls Make Doing the Laundry a Treasure Hunt *CLOSED*


In case you haven't heard, here, here,  or here, we use Cloth Diapers for The First Mate. One thing I was unaware of before cloth diapering is that using dryer sheets and fabric softener is a big no no. It can leave a residue on diapers that makes them less effective and can even ruin them. However, we were then left with the problem of stiff clothes full of static.

I chalked this up to a sacrifice of being environmentally friendly and let it go. Then one day The Captain came home from his long day of creating magical memories and had a look on his face. He proceeded to tell me that he got to work and walked out on stage with one of my reusable breast pads stuck to the back of his shirt. He was needless to say, embarrassed, and it was time to look into a static solution.


That's what led me to wool dryer balls. My first attempt was a brand sold at a local cloth diaper store. They were small, not well made, and it sounded as if there was someone trapped inside my dryer trying to get out. The loud thumps were annoying and any real difference in our laundry was subtle, but we lived with it.

Notice the difference between my old dryer ball and the Woolzie's® Dryer Ball

Then I saw Woolzie's® Dryer Balls and had the opportunity to try them out. When the package arrived I was shocked to see how different they looked compared to my other dryer balls. The Woolzie's® one's were much larger, smoother, and squishier in comparison. They gave me six too, that was more than I was working with. I also noticed that the box said "Noise Free." That was a feature I was excited about. I quickly started a load of laundry to test them out. 

Once I got some laundry in the dryer I noticed a difference immediately. The noise was much quieter. I was thrilled to have the noise reduced because I hated the thumping and thuds before. Now if you have a small load in the dryer with all six dryer balls, naturally it will be louder.

The next thing I discovered was my clothes dried in a shorter amount of time. I first discovered this with diapers. I always had to add the freshen up cycle to get my hemp and bamboo inserts fully dried. To be honest, I kept doing this with the first few diaper loads. It has been a long term habit so I didn't even think to check now that Woolzie's® were in use. After just one cycle they were dry. That will save some money right there, especially with my parent's old dryer.

Another thing I loved about using Woolzie's® Dryer Balls is the smooth texture doesn't leave wooly fluff in my laundry. Other styles, like the ones I had before, look more like a yarn ball. The yarn sort of sloughs off over time and gets on your clothes. Being as we are a Pirate kind of family, we wear a lot of black and off-white fuzz on clothing really sticks out.

As far as the static cling problem, we have not had any repeats of The Captain's embarrassing costume moment. I have noticed a little less static, unless I wash a very large load. I think it must prevent the dryer balls from circulating through the clothes as much. I pride myself on being honest, dryer sheets handle static better. However, they do this by coating your clothes, towels, diapers, etc., with a chemical substance that stays in the fiber of the fabric. Gross. I learned a little tip in researching this matter and I will share it with you. Wad up a ball of aluminum foil and toss it in the dryer. This takes away almost all the static! It's also fun. It's like a little disco ball in the dryer for your Woolzie's® balls to party with. Laundry party, woot woot!

Even if you don't use cloth diapers, these wooly rounds can still help you. They are a great natural alternative to dryer sheets and fabric softener. They are also economical because you'll save money not buying those products. You'll save money on shortened drying time too. Another perk is my son loves to chase them around while I'm doing laundry. It keeps him out of my way and entertained. It can also make you put your laundry away faster. How is that? Well if you discover a couple dryer balls are missing from the dryer then you will probably find them at the bottom of the laundry pile. I think I came up with a new slogan. Woolzie's® Dryer Balls make doing the laundry into a treasure hunt.


Can you tell I need to put away laundry?

In all seriousness there is a lot to love about Woolzie's®. Their product is completely handmade, does not shed (so it's safe for even wool allergies), and comes from a small family company. Woolzie's® Dryer Balls can actually reduce drying time anywhere from 25%-40%. I also think that they are very reasonably priced. For my other brand of dryer balls I payed $12 a ball! Woolzie's® Dryer Balls come in a box of six for just $34.95. In case you haven't heard, I can be cheap. I like to share my cheapness with my friends, so the generous people at Woolzie's® are letting me give away a set of their dryer balls!


I am also unveiling my review system, gold doubloons. Out of 5 doubloons I give Woolzie's® Dryer Balls 4 gold doubloons!



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I was provided at set of Woolzie's® Dryer Balls at no cost in order to provide you with this review. No other compensation was received and the opinions expressed are completely my own. Please read all terms and conditions regarding the giveaway below.


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81 comments:

  1. I would love to try these out. We just recently started cloth diapering :-)

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  2. Good luck and congrats on choosing to cloth diaper. It's fun.

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    1. Good luck to you too. Remember you can enter every day by tweeting.

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  4. I want to see if they help with static, and to reduce drying time - especially with 2 in diapers again!

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    1. You must being doing laundry pretty frequently, these could definitely save you some time and money.

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  5. I want to try Woolzies because my homemade dryer balls never felted properly and are now falling apart. I love the reviews from several bloggers and I have convinced myself that these are the perfect dryer balls!

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    1. I would have gotten Woolzie's sooner if I had known they were so different. I love that they are smooth and can't fall apart.

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  6. I'm in for anything that makes laundry easier!

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  7. i've never used anything like this so i'm curious! thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. I want to try them to shorten my drying time.

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    1. I noticed about a 25% difference in my dryer time.

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  9. I would love to try them because with two in cloth diapers I am trying to simplify as much as I can. If these will shorten drying time for my clothes and diapers and I could use them for both, then I am all for it!

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    1. These could definitely help you out!

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  10. I've tried other dryer balls, but haven't been super impressed. Would love to try these!

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    1. I liked these much more than the others I tried. They are completely different.

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  11. i want to try woolzies as we have long since gotten rid of dryer sheets but would love to find something to replace them

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    1. I agree, something needs to replace the dryer sheets. Woolzie's really worked for us.

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  12. I want to try woolzies to cut dryer time and see if they are better than my plastic dryer balls.

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    1. Plastic dryer balls don't do much other than soften clothes by beating them up. However, the plastic isn't great for your clothes or dryer. The heat can cause chemical to leach off of the plastic. They can also do damage to the delicate sensors in your machine. I really recommend wool dryer balls over the plastic. ones.

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  13. I just switched to cloth diapering last week and would love to try Woolzies to cut down my drying time!

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    1. Oh, glad to hear you made the switch to cloth! How old is your child? What made you want to switch over? I love hearing about people making the change. If you need some resources check out Dirty Diaper Laundry and The Cloth Diaper Revival.

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  14. I would love to win because I need to reduce drying time!

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    1. Right? If only I could give away a time machine.

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  15. Sounds like these would work great with cloth diapers.

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    1. They really do. Even if you line dry your diapers I recommend tossing them in the dryer with your dryer balls for 10 minutes or so. It really softens them up from lying in the sun.

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  16. I'm tired of buying dryer sheets, I can use these with cloth diapers AND they are chemical free!

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    1. Chemical free is my favorite way to be! I am also cheap, so it's nice not to have to buy dryer sheets or fabric softener.

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  17. I want to reduce the amount of drying time and static build up

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    1. Good luck, these will definitely help with that.

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  18. Would love these for cloth diapering!

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  19. Good luck to you. Remember to tweet everyday for more entries.

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  20. I like the less drying time with these and just the fact that they're all natural. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Your welcome! Giveaways are lots of fun. Good luck!

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  21. Our dryer is a hand me down, and while we are SO grateful to have one that works, drying time is extremely slow. Speeding up the process naturally by a few minutes would be great :)

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    1. I admire your positive outlook. Staying positive is part of my 2013 Resolutions. I took an entire 20 minute cycle off my drying time. Another tip for you is to clean the lint trap in your dryer. Not just the regular lint trap, but from the back of the dryer (usually). Over time a lot can build up and it causes slower dry times and can even cause a fire.

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  22. I have heard amazing things about woollies including your review and I would love to try them

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  23. I would love to try these to cut down on my laundry and diapers drying time.

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    1. Saving time is always a great thing. That gives you more time to add to your diaper stash. ;)

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  24. I'm starting the cloth diapering process as I'm due with my first in April. I want to eliminate dryer sheets and chemicals as much as possible in all my loads. Thanks for the chance!

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    1. Congrats on your pregnancy! If you need some resources on cloth diapers look to my favorite sites:
      Dirty Diaper Laundry
      The Cloth Diaper Revival
      & Kelly's Closet

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  25. I usually run cloth diapers through 2 drying cycles - I would love to shorten drying time with Woolzies!

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    1. Maybe you'll get lucky and win. I was able trim the second cycle on my diapers.

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    1. Rebecca, start imagining all your free time now. What would you do with extra time?

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  27. Any way to conserve energy is great. My bill is huge as it is!!

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    1. Big bills are not fun, plus they waste paper. Good luck.

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  28. I like that they don't have chemicals in them

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    1. You will notice a difference in your clothes too. They won't wear out as fast once you stop using dryer sheets. The chemicals coat your clothing and break down the fibers. In a world full of chemicals, it's nice to see a product free of them.

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  29. I want to try these so bad! I love that they are natural. Thats very important and so is the fact that they save money. i also would like to use these on my cloth diapers. Im excited to see how much softer they make clothes feel

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    1. You have some great reasons for wanting to win. Good luck Sarah.

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  30. I love the idea of noise free (or less noisy at least!)... also, I'm excited by how affordable these ones are!

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    1. The noise of other dryer balls REALLY annoyed me. I didn't even realize there was a dryer ball with less noise until I tried Woolzie's.

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  31. I want to reduce my drying time

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    1. Good luck Katie. These statistically show a reduction of 25-40% in drying time.

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  32. I'm doing laundry for 5 including diapers- anything to cut down on drying time without adding chemicals is awesome!!

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    1. Wow, laundry for 5! I can't even keep up with my own laundry. These could really help you out.

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  33. I constantly hear complaints about my husband and I using the dryer too often or for too long, so I really want to test out a quality dryer ball that will cut down drying time and make it more efficient. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. You're welcome. I hope this helps to cut down on drying time and the complaints about the dryer.

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  34. I would love to try this out in loo of dryer sheets, and to use them with my daughters diapers as Ive heard it helps them dry faster!

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    1. I love these as a dryer sheet alternative. Less wasteful and better for you.

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  35. i want to try them to shorten my dry times!

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    1. Good Luck! They should help with that for sure.

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  36. I'd love to try these to reduce drying time in our old dryer!

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    1. I think they can really improve dry time in older machines. That was definitely the case for us.

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  37. I like to try wool dryer balls to see if they cut down on drying time.

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    1. I am sensing a theme with this time saving. I should really invent a time machine.

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  38. i've heard such good things about dryer balls, i'd love to try them

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    1. Good luck, they are a pretty cool laundry tool.

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  39. I want to try them because I've never tried dryer balls and I would love to not have to dry my diapers as long!

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  40. I want to try them because my old wool dryer balls are reaching the end of their life, and they are a different brand. I'd love to try woolzies!

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  41. I would like to try woolzies as a natural approach to softening my clothes.

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  42. I want to cut down on my drying time!

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  43. I have some woolzies already and love them. I want more to share, or to keep for when I need replacements.

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  44. I've wanted to try wool dryer balls for a while now

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  45. I am not on Facebook- hopefully I can still be counted as an entry
    Thx

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  46. Because I have herd that dryer sheets are hard on a dryer and the chemicals in the softeners and sheets are bad for people plus most of all we have sensitive skin and it gets worse as we get older. #1 really want to get some.

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