A few weeks ago, I signed up to review a box of Woolzies wool dryer balls, thinking they would probably come after a few weeks, once we were all settled into our new house (by the way, we moved!!!). To my surprise, they arrived just a couple of days after I sent Woolzies my address. As we were moving into a house without a functioning dryer and without the service to power my fancy (read: post-1950s) electric dryer, I ended up hanging all our clothes out to dry on our nifty inherited clothesline for a couple of weeks. Let me tell you, hanging clothes to dry is much more romantic in theory than in practice. Sure, I got to experience the lovely line-dried smell and awesome bleaching powers of sunshine, but I also got to have three loads of laundry rained on, and one load that got rained on and then dropped in the mud when the clothesline snapped. Also, no one ever told me that line dried clothes are as stiff as cardboard. And picking out tiny spiders who’d been living in my babies’ cloth diapers is something I’d like never to do again. I am so happy to have a dryer again! I probably lose hippie points for this, huh?
That said, I finally got a chance to test out my new dryer balls. Previously, after I gave up using dryer sheets, I had a pair of the plastic dryer balls that worked pretty well. They did kind of sketch me out, though, because they were clearly squishier after they got heated up, and I’m sure this means they were leaking some sort of plastic residue onto my clean, chemical-detergent-free clothes. (I make my own laundry detergent. I can post that recipe if anyone is interested. It’s great.) I lusted after the wool dryer balls my roommate had made herself but I just never got around to making my own, even though she said it had only taken her a few minutes. There are lots of great Pinterest tutorials if you want to go that route and you don’t have two small babies demanding your attention all day long.
Woolzies makes a couple of claims about their dryer balls: first, that they soften clothes without chemicals, and second, that they can reduce drying time. In my experience, I found that they absolutely do soften my clothes. The babies diapers’ are all super silky soft after they run through a cycle with the dryer balls. And I love that I have eliminated another chemical-laden, disposable product from my household supplies. I didn’t find that the drying time was reduced at all, which I was sort of surprised about since I went from using two medium-sized plastic balls to six large wool balls. I thought the larger number would at least have some effect on the drying time, but I also have really, really thick Cloth-Eez prefolds that might just require the full hour to dry completely, regardless of any fluffing they might receive from the balls. The Woolzies are also guaranteed to last 1,000 cycles, which gives them an advantage over the wool dryer balls you can roll yourself, because I’ve heard that those can come unrolled somewhat easily before they are fully felted. Woolzies are fully felted right out of the box, and they seem very durable. One last perk about the wool balls over the plastic ones is that they are so quiet. The plastic dryer balls sounded like I had tennis shoes banging around in the dryer, but the Woolzies don’t make any extra noise. Plus, the Woolzies are just really pretty to look at in their little basket in my laundry cupboard. (That’s important, right?)
Now, it’s your turn to try out a pack of Woolzies! Write a comment about your laundry routine, or why you’d like to give Woolzies a try, and I’ll randomly pick a winner to receive their own box of six XL Woolzie dryer balls! Good luck! I’ll select a winner on Sunday, September 22nd.
Stay tuned for more about our new home adventure.
Update: The winner is Jennifer! Congratulations, and I will get your Woolzies prize box mailed out to you shortly.