Disclosure: I was provided with 4 wool dryer balls in order to conduct this review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and are that of my own.
About Devon’s Creative Designs
You may all recognize the name Devon because she occasionally does product reviews here on the blog! We are happy to tell you about her business because she is doing some amazing things for both moms and the environment!
As a cloth diapering mom, Devon found herself searching for an alternative to using dryer sheets. With cloth diapers, it is recommended to not use chemical-based dryer sheets with your laundry because it will actually affect the absorbency level of the material used to make the diaper. Living in a climate that is very windy and often dry, she needed something to help with the static. She tried using tennis balls, but found that they were way too loud in her dryer, which happens to be behind her son’s bedroom. She stumbled upon the idea of creating wool dryer balls to alleviate the problem, and has been making them since.
Wool Dryer Balls
Wool dryer balls are created from hand felting wool batting, which is wool that is washed and carded into batts straight from a farmer that she works closely with. The reason why these balls work so well is because the wool batting is very good at drawing the moisture away from your clothes and to the ball. Wool also happens to be mildew resistant, which is another reason it works great as a laundry solution.
Many people who hand craft wool dryer balls use a tennis ball as the core, or create them completely with wool yarn. These balls are 100% wool with no tennis balls used and she uses all wool batting (and roving for the colors) to form each ball into a perfectly round, smooth shape.
Devon hand-crafts each wool dryer ball in her home, taking care to ensure that they are of high quality. It is recommended that you use at least 4 balls in your laundry to help reduce static. You can adjust the number used based upon how heavy of a load you are drying. She currently sells the dryer balls in sets of 4, in many color combinations. (Don’t worry, they won’t bleed the colors into your laundry. That was the first question that I asked!) A set of 4 natural balls can be purchased for $20 and a set of a color combination can be purchased for $25 on her website.
I was given 4 natural wool dryer balls to conduct my review with. As a mom to a toddler who had mild eczema when she was a baby, I was relieved to find something to use to reduce the static in our dryer. My doctor told me not to use dryer sheets at all for the first year or so of my daughter’s life because babys have such sensitive skin. She definitely gets the sensitive skin from me, I’m allergic to a lot of fragranced products. Well, with as dry and windy as it is in Nebraska, I was constantly battling static, and these dryer balls really helped us out with that.
I’ve used these balls for several months now, so I feel like I can tell you a little bit more about them. Did you know that dryer balls get better with age? I actually have seen where they can last over 8 years! As you use them in the laundry they will start to get fuzzy. If this bothers you, you can use a sweater shaver and shave it off, or run them through the washer on a hot setting. However, a little fuzz is good because it actually creates more friction in your laundry and helps to reduce static better. There have been loads where I wished that I had 6 balls in the beginning, but I like to pack my laundry plum full somedays. Who has time to do normal loads, right?
These balls don’t make much noise in the dryer at all. I mean, you can hear them in there, but I can hear our dryer running from our living room, and the sound doesn’t even bother me when I’m watching television. Honestly, the sound of the buttons from your jeans is way louder than the sound of the wool dryer balls.
Besides being eco-friendly, these dryer balls also save you money! Fabric softener itself can run you around $50 a year, depending on which brand you purchase. Since these last for many years, the savings really start to add up if you use them regularly.
The balls come unscented and I have left mine unscented due to sensitive skin and allergies, however, you can scent these balls by using a few drops of essential oils on the ball before you add it to your laundry if you choose.
Have any questions about the balls? Be sure to check out the frequently asked questions section of her website for more information! You can also follow her on Facebook to find out where to find her at local events and see what she has added to her inventory!