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Woolzies Dryer Balls - About.com Laundry Product Review

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Woolzies Dryer Balls - About.com Laundry Product Review

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Woolzies Dryer Balls are handmade in the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal from 100 percent New Zealand wool. The production of the dryer balls provides much needed jobs and income for Nepalese women. You will notice that the balls vary slightly in size, shape, color and texture. This happens because they are handmade with love.


Marie's Original Woolzies are environmentally friendly dryer balls that are used in your gas or electric powered dryer to naturally soften clothes and reduce time in the dryer. They are made from 100 percent wool and contain no chemicals. The dryer balls help to soften clothes and reduce static through gentle friction during the tumbling action in the dryer. They reduce drying time in the dryer by separating and creating space between laundry allowing hot air to circulate better.

Woolzies are hypo-allergenic and are safe to use for baby laundry. They will not affect anyone with a wool allergy because they do not shed and the wool is not directly touching the skin. Woolzies are available for sale online from their website, other online sites and some retailers.

While Woolzies are unscented, some users prefer have scented laundry. If you want to add your favorite scent to your dried clothes, sprinkle a few drops of pure essential oil on one or all of the Woolzies balls.

Woolzies are sold as a set of six dryer balls. The company recommends using all six in small, medium and large loads. For large capacity dryer, it is recommended to use eight dryer balls. Woolzies are guaranteed to last for at least 1,000 loads.

Woolzies are distributed in the United States by Soft By Nature, Inc., a small family owned company based Hudson Valley region of Southern New York State. Their mission is environmentally based and they develop all natural eco friendly products for sale.

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If you are a regular reader of About Laundry, you know that I prefer unscented products and that I'm not a big fan of commercial fabric softeners. I prefer to use baking soda or white distilled vinegar to soften our laundry. So, I was most interested in the claim that Woolzies can reduce drying time by about 25 percent in large loads and 35 to 40 percent in small loads. Anything that can reduce energy usage and costs is interesting to me!

I tested the Woolzies on two identical loads of laundry - a queen-sized top sheet, queen-sized bottom sheet and four pillowcases. To make sure the conditions were as close as possible, I allowed the dryer to cool down between tests. I used all six Woolzies balls in each load. In my dryer, the first load - without Woolzies - took 25 minutes to dry completely. The next load - with Woolzies - took only 19 minutes to dry. That is a 24 percent reduction of drying time. The sheets came out soft and static free.

I like the fact that Woolzies contain no potentially toxic chemicals including perfumes. And, as a natural product they do not interfere with the absorbency of fabric or reduce the flame retardancy of children's sleepwear. Woolzies will not cause the "grease stains" on fabrics that dryer sheets can cause.

Through the years, I have seen many people use old tennis balls in the dryer to "fluff and separate" laundry. Rubber and plastic balls have the potential to release chemicals including PVCs when heated. They can even melt if the temperature gets too high. Very hard dryer balls can possibly damage electronic sensors in the dryer. Soft, wool dryer balls will eliminate these possible problems.

One of the downsides of Woolzies is the initial cost of around $36.00 for six. However, I did a bit of quick math and the cost of a leading dryer sheet times 1,000 loads of laundry is about the same.

I now have a space on my laundry room shelf for my basket of Woolzies!

Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.
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