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.
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!
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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!
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