I am well aware that most (read: normal) people don’t spend their evenings researching all-natural alternatives to fabric softener and nerding out over some old school household cleaning tricks. Lucky for those people, I DO! My latest favorite? Wool dryer balls.
Here’s Why I Tried Them:
- Fabric softener contains chemicals that are harmful to fabrics and can also have an adverse effect on your skin. Provided you aren’t allergic to wool, wool dryer balls are a great, natural alternative.
- Using fabric softener on your towels will not only cut down their ability to absorb but also causes them to pill. Wool dryer balls are safe to use with anything you can put in the dryer.
- Wool doesn’t mold and is also antimicrobial. From what I understand, I’ll be able to use these for years. I’ve read that they also absorb bad odors, although I haven’t tested that.
Here’s How They Work:
- First, the friction soften fabrics and means less wrinkles.
- When you throw these into the dryer with your load, it will cut down on drying time–usually by as much as 20%. How? When they bounce around, they allow more air to circulate around each garment.
(Looking to cut static cling in the dryer? Stay tuned!)