I’m guessing that if you’ve already switched over to a homemade version of laundry detergent, you might find it a little harder to give up your favorite fabric softener. At least, I did. I was making my fabric softener for a while and though I was pretty happy with the results, I’ve gotten much busier and ended up having less and less time to mix batches up. In fact, when we moved, I broke down and bought dryer sheets and had used them just because they were there.
What’s not to love about dryer fabric softener sheets? They make your clothes smell great and make everything soft and static-free. A winner all around, right? Well, the problem for a lot of people is the amount of chemicals that they’re saturated with and coat the clothing and fabrics that you surround yourself with every day. Some of the chemicals on this list are quite scary. What’s even scarier to me is that manufacturers are not obligated to list ALL of the chemicals and ingredients used. If you’d like to read more about the chemicals in fabric softener/dryer sheets, here are links to some good articles:
So, I began trying to find a more natural substitute that took a bit less effort. I had come across wool dryer balls a while ago and was interested in them right away. But I put off buying them because the price seemed a bit high especially when you’re supposed to use 4-6 balls at a time. Finally, the time had come – I ordered some and . . .
I love using wool balls for our clothes! I don’t know why it took me so long to invest in some! We are very pleased with them and interested to see just how long these last us. If they last for years, then I’d say that the cost is pretty minimal compared with buying dryer sheets every few months or so. I know that you can find plastic dryer balls for a bit less but I prefer using natural products if I can and feel much more comfortable using wool. These balls will:
- Shorten drying time by up to 25%.
- Soften clothes
- Reduce static
- Are non-toxic
- Are great to use with cloth diapers
- You can inject them with essential oils to scent laundry
- Quieter and gentler than plastic dryer balls and tennis balls
I found these dryer balls for sale on Etsy from Dreamswept Alpacas. They were sent out very quickly and came in perfect condition. I highly recommend them if you’re on the search for a natural clothes solution!