If you’ve been exploring eco-friendly products for doing laundry, you’ve likely come across the idea of using wool dryer balls to replace dryer sheets.

A feature image for a blog post about what dryer balls are. Photo credit: Tru Earth.

This probably led to the question of what wool dryer balls are. So, let’s get right to the answer to that question.

What are Wool Dryer Balls?

Wool dryer balls are balls made up of 100% wool, which can take the form of wool batting, wool roving yarn, or raw core wool. The wool balls are placed in the dryer with a load of clothes to perform the same job as a dryer sheet.

After the balls of wool are wound up, the wool is felted so that it doesn’t unravel in the dryer.

You Can Make Your Own

(You can learn to make your own wool dryer balls and get more information about felting if you want to go the DIY route.)

Size Varies

They are about the size of a tennis ball or softball. The size will depend on where you buy them or how large you make them.

The next question I usually get is if wool dryer balls really work. Let me share my experience.

Do Wool Dryer Balls Work?

My experience with using dryer balls is that I get the same great results as I used to from using dryer sheets.

Same Results as a Dryer Sheet

I simply toss the wool balls in the dryer with a load of wet laundry and they reduce static cling, cut down dryer time by absorbing moisture, and make the clothes soft and fresh.

And, it isn’t a case of sacrificing convenience and results for the sake of the environment. They actually do the same job as a dryer sheet.

You Can Add Essential Oil

I don’t require scent, but some people who miss the scent of a dryer sheet, add a few drops of their favorite essential oil to the wool balls.

It serves the same purpose and leaves behind whichever scent you want on your clothes and linens, without added chemicals.

Why Use Wool Dryer Balls?

The main reason many people are switching to dryer balls instead of using dryer sheets is that they are better for the environment, their health, and their appliances.

Dryer sheets are made with chemicals that are released and get on your clothes, your skin, and the environment. It isn’t healthy for you, your family, or the planet. And over time, the oily residue can clog the dryer filter.

Wool dryer balls, on the other hand, don’t contain chemicals and 100% wool is compostable when you’re finished with it. Or, you can upcycle the wool into a new project.

How Long Do Wool Dryer Balls Last?

Another concern many people have about using wool dryer balls is how long they last. If you’re going to invest in making or buying them, you don’t want it to end up costing more.

Generally, depending on where you buy them and how you make them, you can expect wool dryer balls to last several years.

I buy my dryer balls from an eco-friendly Canadian company and they are of good quality that will last for a thousand loads or more.

Your laundry habits will be a factor, too, in how long the wool balls last. If you do more loads, they wear out faster. It’s usually time to replace them if they start to unravel and don’t perform as well as in the beginning.

As you can see, wool dryer balls are not a complicated product, and they do their job without harming the environment. So, whether you buy them or make them, it’s a win for people and the planet.

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