You might already be using wool dryer balls..or maybe you've seen them around and are curious about how they work or are looking for some info and tips. I've been using dryer balls for a couple years now and it's a laundry game changer. No more dryer sheets and so much money saved!
Here's a little FAQ that hopefully answers all of your questions! If you think of anything else, I'll add it to the list!
What are dryer balls?
Essentially, they are a dryer sheet replacement. They're made of 100% wool and don't contain any of the harsh, skin-irritating chemicals you'd normally find in dryer sheets. They're also completely unscented, and 100% compostable.
How do they work?
When you add dryer balls to your dryer, they warm up, absorb moisture, and bounce around which increases air flow and helps to dry your cloths a bit faster. They also help prevent your cloths from clumping together while drying. The wool doesn't create lint on your clothing and is safe for all material types including cloth diapers.
Where are they made?
In Canada! We carry Moss Creek Wool Works which is based in Norfolk County, Ontario. They use Merino and Corriedale wool to make their dryer balls which are both responsibly sourced from Wool Cooperatives in South America, Spain and Portugal. Moss Creek has also made sure that their wool sources do not practice mulesing and that the sheep live free-range and aren't exposed to sheep-dips and other harsh chemicals.
How long do they last?
Moss Creek is continually testing and currently, their dryer balls can withstand 1000+ loads despite the packaging saying 500+ loads. I personally have been using the same set for the last couple years and they're working very well still! I asked for clarification from Moss Creek about how to tell when it’s time to replace them and they said that even when they start to come apart a little bit, they can still be used. Typically people end up losing them before they wear out or they'll periodically purchase new ones to add to their current ones.
How many should I use?
It depends on the size of the load but generally it's 3 balls for a regular load, and you can do 4, 5 or 6+ for large or bulky loads. You'll be able to gauge what you need as you start to use them.
What's with the static?
Static can occur from a few different things. Since the balls help dry cloths faster, you'll need to check on your dryer if you don't have an auto sensor as it won't need to run for the entire cycle. Letting the dryer run longer than it needs to removes all humidity and over dries which creates static. Try reducing your drying time by 5-10 minutes or set your dryer to "less dry" if you have that setting.
Another factor is fabric type. Synthetic fabrics like polyester generate more static than natural fibres. Also be aware of the humidity in your home. This may play a part in excess static if it's particularly dry (like during the winter).
My dryer balls are piling!
That's totally normal! Mine piled when they were new. Piling is new fabric or material releasing excess bits of fibre and then balling up due to friction. It's not an indicator of poor quality or that your dyer balls are coming apart, it's just something that happens with newer material. You can use a fabric shaver or scissors to remove them but it's not necessary to them functioning properly.
Do different coloured dryer balls do different things?
Nope! It's just personal preference!
Can I put essential oils on my dryer balls?
You can although keep an eye on this as the heat from the dryer can burn the oils. I personally don't recommend this but others have had success so use your best judgement and proceed with caution if you choose to use essential oils. Start with a couple drops only.
How do I store dryer balls?
You can keep them right in your dyer between loads!
If you have more questions, be sure to send me a message or leave a comment and I’ll add them to this list!