Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Woolzies Dryer Balls Review & Giveaway

Since my dryer likes to give me all kinds of problems and never dry my clothes like it should, I was really excited when Woolzies offered me a chance to try and review their dryer balls, and even give away a set to one of my readers!  I bought a set of wool dryer balls a few months ago, and have used them in every single load I dry....while I think they do help, they have not shortened the drying time as much as I would've liked.  And, this is how they look now...

I had begun to see Woolzies name pop up on the web, so I was excited to give them a go. The box I received contained six dryer balls made from pure wool.
Woolzies dryer balls claim to do three things. First, according to their website, Woolzies dryer balls will reduce your drying time by 25%. Second, they will replace a traditional fabric softener. And finally, they will reduce static. That's asking alot out of a little ball of wool, if you ask me! I occasionally use fabric softener but it's not very eco-friendly and when I learned what the ingredients are thanks to my environmental science teaching husband, it made me want to use it even less...
So how big is a Woolzies ball you ask? Here is a comparison with the lens from my camera.  They're barely slightly larger than my old balls but I can easily hold a few in one hand.

Since my dyer has issues, it was hard to evaluate drying times. I first used the balls on a load of my husband's slacks and button-down shirts, and a few of my "nice" outfits. It definitely didn't take as long to dry but the real difference I noticed, was in the static.  My old balls used to cling to my clothes and get all wrapped up in them, so it became a search for them once I began folding clothes.  These balls didn't cling to anything as I took the load out of the dryer which meant I didn't have to round them up and throw them back in!

For all of you eco-friendly moms like me, this is a great product. Because the dryer balls reduce drying time, they reduce the amount of electricity used per drying load. I'm going to estimate that my drying times decreased by about 15-20 let's say I do about 6 loads of laundry per week, that's 2 hours of electricity and time that has been shaved off! As an added bonus, if you use the dryer balls to replace a fabric softener, you are reducing the amount of chemicals you use, which is definitely good for the environment and you!

 Rafflecopter giveaway  *Disclaimer: I was given a free set of Woolzies Dryer Balls to test. I was not compensated for this post and the above review contains my honest opinions of the product. All links in this post direct you to the Woolzies website. I am not compensated in any way if you choose to purchase this product.
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