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Wool Dryer Balls- Do They Work? {Video}

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I’ll admit that I was as skeptical as they come when it came to wool dryer balls.

I heard the praise but just didn’t see HOW they could cut down drying time, soften laundry, and reduce static. Finally, I decided to give them a try and I learned that they do work! This video explains everything you need to know about wool dryer balls. I’ve used highly scientific methods (joking…) to explore various questions that I hear most often.

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I’ve found that I need at least 4 dryer balls per small load- this would include a load of cloth diapers. For larger loads you need more- and then if you have super loads like me it won’t make much of a difference since the balls need room to roam in the dryer. Overloading it and using them won’t work.

Wool dryer balls do come in different sizes and you can find this in the video. I had Tumblewool, Loo-hoo, and Molly’s Suds. Later after filming I received a set from the WAHM made brand NC Green Apples (I like the way these look the best.) so they weren’t included in much of the video.

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Tumblewool balls are the largest, Molly’s Suds were the heaviest (at 2.7 ounces), the NC Green Apples were also quite heavy. I can’t say that 2 heavier balls work the same as 3 lighter balls but I suspect that there is something to that. Heavier balls have more force behind them but having more means more clothing is getting moved around.

Drying time on my cloth diapers reduced by 20-30 minutes with 4 balls per load.

 

Softening- I do feel like using the wool dryer balls has helped slightly with softening. When you use a fabric softener you aren’t softening the clothes- you are coating them in chemicals that give them a “slick” oily feeling. This makes you think they are softer but it is actually contributing to the break down of your fabrics. If you miss the scent of fabric softeners try adding a few drops of essential oils to your wool dryer balls.

I used photoshop to "find edges" in order to highlight the static of the ball.   otherwise you can't see it.

I used photoshop to “find edges” in order to highlight the static of the ball. otherwise you can’t see it.

Static- Sorry… I can’t say that wool dryer balls reduce static. I’ve used them in many a load of sheets and they come out with as much static as without.

The investment in a set of wool dryer balls is well worth it when it comes down to the energy savings. Kids also love playing with them and I keep finding balls in random places around the house. I’m determined to teach my kids to juggle because after this video I’m now the proud owner of a sheep’s worth of wool dryer balls.

Stay tuned for more videos and giveaways during the Everything but Cloth Diapers event!  

The balls seen in the video were sent by the companies for filming- I wasn’t compensated to using any brands and this is not a review.

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Kim Rosas began Dirty Diaper Laundry in 2009 out of a desire to help more parents understand modern cloth diapers. She lives in Florida with her husband of 5 years and her two boys. Even though none of her boys wear diapers anymore she is still just as committed to promoting them. In her spare time Kim enjoys video editing, photography, and coffee.
  • BigFatMama

    Silly me! I’ve just been putting a dry bath towel in my dryers to speed up the drying process.

  • Shalaina Simmons

    I like that it does in fact speed up drying time. That was my major question, especially since we’ll be washing about every 1-2 days in the beginning.

  • Erin Mills

    Thanks for the post. I actually felt like my dryer balls did reduce static. My staticy cloth wipes seemed to actually not stick to each other as much. I’ll have to do some deeper investigation!

  • Kayleen Longworth

    I have 16 dryer calls (Most are from LooHoo) in my dryer. I love them. Pain to dig out of the clothing in order for them to stay in the dryer, but I do see them making the dry time shorter. My husband and stepdaugther hate them, but I can dry a comforter and have it be completely dry instead of rolled up and wet in the center still. I definitely don’t have any wet spots on my clothing (jeans/sweatshirts – heavier clothing) after a dryer cycle.

    I would assume it shortens the drying time even though I have never actually tested how much of a difference it makes. I know that I don’t have to restart the dryer becuase of any wet spots remaining after the first dry, so that alone saves me a half hour of dry time.

    The LooHoo balls are my favorite. They don’t shed onto my other clothes and don’t come apart. They are very well felted. The balls that are very “stringy” don’t get more felted from use in my experience. They last a few loads and then start to come apart. They also tend to shed more, which is fine if the balls are all dark colors, but most of mine are lite/natural colored shedding onto black clothing. Doesn’t go over well for me.

  • Amanda S.

    We LOVE our wool dryer balls that we bought from a mom at Shep’s wool dryer balls. Her site is wooldryerballs.com. We bought ours from her 5 years ago and tjey still work great! Static is less too for us, but we don’t have alot of polyester ( high static). Our cloyh diapers and all laundry are soft without softeners! Love yhem!!

  • Idigia

    nicely done!

  • Nicole

    I think that dry towels work better at cutting down drying time. We had 8 dryer balls and I didn’t notice much difference.

  • Michelle Fletcher

    I’ve heard that you can throw a ball of aluminum foil in with the wool dryer balls to reduce static, but I’m wondering if you would have to make a new one for every load or if it would continue working for a longer period of time. Does anyone here use foil and know the answer?

  • Kristy

    Thanks for showing these Kim! I love these videos! I hear all about the cloth but not always about the accessories so these are so fun.

  • Ambria

    I have to disagree with the static (at least for us). I’ve noticed that dryer balls reduce static just as much as dryer sheets as long as you aren’t over drying your clothes. Since dryer balls cut drying time down, you should cut the time down on drying as well. If you over dry your clothes, you will get static. Some fabrics are more likely to have static no matter what you do (like fleece). I know our fleece PJs always were static-y no matter if we used dryer sheets or dryer balls. Great videos though! I love our Bouncing Woolies dryer balls : ) I’ve had them for 3 years and they are still going strong and look brand new!

  • Allure Wool

    Great stuff! I would suggest wool dryer balls to everyone to try! They do work really great. Here’s some video tutorial on how to make wool dryer balls by yourself. Simple & easy instruction: http://allurewool.com/how-to-make-wool-dryer-balls/

  • Jami Cobb

    Thanks for the vid! I’ve been wondering if these would make much difference in drying time. I’d love to win the Molly Suds giveaway just to be able to try these!

  • Daniel

    These would be nice to have for any wool clothing you need to dry. They would be nice to win in the giveaway.

  • mag

    Nice video. Although, how do you know accurately that one dries faster than the other? I mean, what’s the methodology? Is it just by feel? Because, that’s not really accurate or meaningful. I think it would be better to use the same clothes diapers, dry them thoroughly and weigh them. That would be a baseline for which all other drying methods should be compared.

    But, I was more or less interested in the static question. Good to hear.

  • Sarah Lorraine Sternby

    I need these!! (:


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