What is a wool dryer ball? And what exactly will it do for my laundry? Those were the questions I had been wondering since I started cloth diapering and hearing people talk about them.
I know that fabric softener and dryer sheets are not so great for my family or our clothes. But could a wool ball really compare and keep our laundry fresh and static free?
Well I was excited to finally have the chance to find out when Wooly Rounds gave me the opportunity to review a set!
About Wooly Rounds
Wooly Rounds was created by Cyndi, whom after deciding to cloth diaper her son realized she would have to give up using dryer sheets. She discovered wool dryer balls and purchased some online. She loved the results and the benefits they offered but the quality fell short when they would unravel in just a few months. With her creative background she attempted to make her own, and in the end came up with a solid finished product. She always knew she wanted to start her own business, and in October of 2010 she launched Wooly Rounds!
What is a wool dryer ball?
A wool dryer ball is a felted ball of wool. You use it in your clothes dryer to separate your clothes. Using several in your dryer will create a constant motion which in turn allows more air to circulate around your laundry so they will dry faster. The more dryer balls used, the less time it will take to dry a load and you can reduce your dry time by 10-25%!
• All Woolies are made individually by hand using 100% local, lanolin-rich wool.
• Hand crafted in midcoast Maine• Safe, durable, high-quality
• Ideal for all laundry, especially cloth diapers and baby clothes
• Approximately the size of a tennis ball, 9 inches in circumference and weighs 2oz.
• Help reduce static - wool fibers can absorb static cling
• Naturally soften clothes - friction of the balls against the fabric
• Makes clothes fresher and smell cleaner - wool has the ability to absorb toxins and odors
Wooly Rounds Review
I had the opportunity to review a set of 4 dark gray Wooly Rounds. They come in a cute little linen draw string bag with a cute tag. I noticed when I opened my little bag it smelled like fresh sheep. Nothing fake or manufactured here!
It took me a few days to get them to my dryer, as both of my boys thought they were the best new toy. And Mom thought the were pretty cool as they were soft enough they didn't cause any damage or bruising! So not only are you investing in your laundry but a fun safe toy too!
So once they made it to the dryer I first started just using them with my cloth diaper laundry. I still had a small amount of liquid fabric softener left and wanted to finish that up. I now use them exclusively for all my laundry. I have an older dryer and my diapers and towels especially would take a long time to dry. I have noticed a shorter dryer time, but the best thing is I haven't missed anything about the fabric softer. My clothes are still static free, my towels are still soft and I'm using less energy and zero chemicals!
I mean do you really know what is in fabric softener? Once you start reading about it, it is hard to imagine you actually add that to your clothes each time. YUCK! Makes you feel dirty in clean clothes. You can learn a little about the chemicals here, but if you actually Google it you would be amazed the stuff you find out.
Another great thing is the savings! Wooly Rounds will last a very long time! Cyndi has been using hers for over 3 years, for each load and you can barely see a change in the ball from brand new. Think of how many bottles of fabric softener or boxes of fabric sheets you would buy in that time. I've only been using mine for about 3 weeks, but the only difference I can see is that small lint balls have formed on them.
|After 3 weeks of use|
Wooly Rounds come as a 5 pack, 3 pack or you can buy them individually. They come in a few different fun colors or the dark gray!
The only downfall to the Wooly Rounds I can find is searching for them in the dry laundry or around the house when my boys sneak them from the basket! They are really cool and I love that they are natural, safe and eco-friendly! Try them, if nothing else you gained a new toy. But I guarantee you'll love them and order more!
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Want to try them risk free? Wooly Rounds has generously offered a set of 3 to one of my lucky winners of the upcoming Summer Cloth Diaper Giveaway Hop! The giveaway will run from June 21-30! So make sure to come back and enter to win this and other great cloth diaper related prizes!
Disclosure: I received this product for the purpose of review. I did not receive any compensation for this review. The opinions in my reviews are my own, and others’ opinions may vary. This post was written by me and not edited by anyone.