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5 Reasons to Ditch your Dryer Sheets and Use Wool Dryer Balls

Dryer Balls are a MUST for those of you who want to save money on Laundry Care.

If you don’t currently use dryer balls or haven’t heard of them, they are a great way to shorten your dryer time to save you money.   I am not big on using softener sheets, I can’t really remember the last time I used them or even bought them.

5 Reasons to Ditch your Dryer Sheets and Use Wool Dryer Balls

Why NOT Just Use Dryer Sheets?

Have you ever looked up the EWG rating on Dryer Sheets? Very very disturbing. And the reason I never buy them anymore. And when I say never, I mean never.

If you haven’t checked it out you should take a look – those of you who are truly concerned about what goes in and on your body will appreciate checking out that site to see how your other products are rated too.

Dryer Balls are an inexpensive and non-toxic alternative to dryer sheets.

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5 Reasons You Should Switch to Wool Dryer Balls

Making the switch is SO easy… not to mention it’ll save you so much later on. Here are my 5 reasons to jump ship from softener and move onto something better.

#1 – Fabric Softener makes your towels LESS absorbent – TRUE. The chemicals leave behind a plastic film on your clothing and on your towels. Yes, it might smell good, but at what cost? What’s the point of using a towel if it’s not absorbent?

#2 – Dryer Balls can replace dryer sheets AND liquid softener – they are reusable. Which means you can cross the softener and the sheets off your list, pocket that money and redirect somewhere else.

#3 – Dryer Sheets and liquid are SO bad for your skin (and your health). Think that I’m a little extreme? You can see the rating on the EWG.

#4 – Dryer Balls make your dryer run more efficiently. They cut down on dryer time at least 25%. That’s huge if you are trying to trim your budget.

#5 – They can perk up any of your laundry-line dried “stiff” clothes. Don’t want to use the dryer at all? That works for me – if you put your clothes outside, they tend to get stiff though. So when you bring them in, throw them in the dryer for a few minutes with your dryer balls to soften them up.

How do Wool Dryer Balls Work?

Wool Dryer Balls shorten your drying time – they do that by circulating air into the load of laundry and soaking up excess water. The more you use, the faster the clothes dry.

Although they don’t eliminate the static they reduce it quite a bit. They are a great alternative to softener sheets – which will affect the absorbency of your towels after multiple uses.

Use your Essential Oils with your Dryer Balls

It’s SO easy to use Essential Oils with wool dryer balls. Once the balls are ready for the dryer, scent them with 4-5 drops of Essential Oil on each ball.

That scent should last 3-4 cycles – you can always add more if you wish.

Oil Combinations

Here are some oil combinations you can use for your dryer balls:

  • Lime and Stress Away is a great combination
  • Sheets and towels do well with Rosemary & Lavender
  • Regular clothes smell terrific with 3 Lavender and 3 Orange
  • And if you have sick kids and you are washing sheets or pillowcases, use Purification and/or Tea Tree
  • Bergamot is another one of my favorites!

Love & Sparkle,

Mackenzie

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