I stopped using dryer sheets in my laundry a few months ago. The box ran out and I just didn’t buy any more. I’d come to wonder what kind of chemically substance those sheets were coated with, and even though I used the frangrance-free ones, I didn’t like the idea of coating my clothes with whatever it was. In addition there was the fact that every load of laundry meant something else to throw away.
Then I remembered why I used them in the first place; without them my laundry was kind of scratchy and, well, hard. But I hadn’t gotten around to researching any environmentally friendly alternatives.
My sister must have been reading my mind, because in with my Christmas presents this year were Dryer Balls, an environmentally friendly alternative to dryer sheets.
Dryer balls are handmade by The Cutting Edge in Novato, California, out of felted wool. You just keep them in your dryer and dry your clothes as you normally would. The wool wicks moisture from your clothes, cutting drying time, thus reducing static.
The website claims it will reduce drying time by 25%. I can’t claim one way or the other if this is true, but after using Dryer Balls in all my laundry for a month, I will say that it has reduced the static I was getting in my clothes after I stopped using the dryer sheets. My clothes dryer has an automatic sensor in it rather than a timer for the dryer cycle, and I usually use the “Less Dry” setting anyway, so it is quite likely that the dryer balls are reducing the time it takes to dry the clothes, thus reducing the chance of static from over-drying.
Plus they are cheerful and fun, and anything that puts some fun into a dull chore like doing laundry is a plus in my book. So if you are ready to ditch your dryer sheets, check out Dryer Balls from The Cutting Edge, and let me know what you think.