For many, the days of hanging clothes out on clotheslines to dry isn’t an option. It’s currently popular for clean clothes to smell like something – ostensibly as fresh sunshine or mountain streams. But it takes lots of chemicals to get that artificial scent you love.
Woolzies dryer balls are a better, greener alternative.
Created by eco-advocate Eli Feuer and his family-owned company in New York’s Hudson Valley region, Woolzies are densely formed dryer balls made of 100 percent natural wool from New Zealand. They contain no artificial fragrances or chemicals such as PVC. They’ve been thoroughly tested and found to be hypo-allergenic and safe for folks with wool allergies. These wool balls won’t shed, fall apart or melt in the dryer.
Woolzies are a great alternative to dryer sheets, which are filled with highly toxic chemicals, including things like:
- benzyl alcohol (which can cause central nervous system disorders, headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, central nervous system depression, and, in severe cases, death),
- ethyl acetate (a narcotic that’s on the EPA’s list of Hazardous Waste)
- and pentone (which can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, and loss of consciousness).
And don’t forget those dryer sheet scents. Those artificial fragrances are made up of toxic chemicals, including known carcinogens. There’s nothing fresh or natural about them.
Along with being better for your health and for the planet, there’s a social benefit to using Woolzies. They’re handmade by women in Nepal, which gives them a steady, much needed income to support themselves and their families.
Woolzies do everything those dryer sheets do. They leave clothes soft, eliminate wrinkles and reduce static cling. As the balls bounce around in the dryer, their weight helps get rid of wrinkles while creating space between your clothes, which lets them circulate better to do their job. All this helps reduce drying time, which saves on energy as well.
If you really miss your favorite scent, try adding some essential oil to the Woolzies and no harm done. Woolzies will soon be offering these.
Should you want to clean the dryer balls, simply put them inside a sock, then wash in either hot or cold water with regular detergent. But be sure to dry them thoroughly. Because the balls are dense wool, if left damp, they will begin to smell.
The company says these wool balls are guaranteed to last for 1,000 washes. You’ll know it’s time to replace them when they shrink in size and aren’t heavy enough to produce the softness you want.
Woolzies come in packages of 3 or 6. The company recommends using 6 to get the maximum benefit from them for large loads. While they may seem a bit pricey, because they’re durable, they’ll be more economical in the long run.