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How Do Wool Dryer Balls Work?

Posted on January 20 2022

Whether you're a parent with young children or work in an industry that requires doing multiple loads of laundry a week, these chemical-free balls are a must-have in every laundry room. They're an all-natural way to soften your clothes and dry them faster, all while being environmentally friendly and affordable!

In this post, we'll explore the benefits of using wool dryer balls, how they work, how long they last, and much more. Once you're in the know about all the fantastic benefits of wool dryer balls, you'll always want to keep a box of them with your detergent and fabric softener. They truly enhance every laundry room experience. 

Wool Dryer Balls

 

What Do Dryer Balls Do?

Dryer balls help to dry your clothes while also leaving them static-free. All you have to do is put a few of them into your dryer alongside your wet laundry. Once in the turned-on dryer, the balls will bounce in between the wet layers of clothing. 

By separating clothing that would otherwise stick together, the balls are allowing the machine's warm air to envelope your clothes and dry them faster. Wool dryer balls also aid in the drying process by absorbing some of the moisture in your clothing. As a bonus, the bounciness of the balls also leaves clothes static-free, making the folding process easier than ever before. 

 

How Many Dryer Balls Should You Use?

The number of dryer balls you use should vary by the amount of laundry you're putting in your dryer. While 3 balls are sufficient for small and medium loads, 5 to 7 may be appropriate for larger loads. For extra-large loads, you could also opt for as many as 8 to 12 balls. Please note, the number you use may be limited by the size of your dryer. The weight of each dryer ball is important as well. The smaller and lighter the dryer ball, the more you will need. The larger and heavier each ball, the less you will need in the drum.

You'll also have to decide which type of dryer ball you'd like to use. There are several types of dryer balls, each made with different materials. You can purchase plastic or rubber dryer balls, but we recommend sticking with wool dryer balls. Wool dryer balls, particularly those made of 100% wool, are the most popular choice, as they're typically more effective and last longer.

 

What Are the Benefits of Wool Dryer Balls?

There are many benefits to using wool dryer balls! They're better for the environment, as they're reusable and reduce your energy usage by drying clothing faster. They are easy to use, naturally soften fabrics, and don't have any of the chemicals or perfumes that products like fabric softeners and dryer sheets have. Even though they absorb excess moisture from your clothing, they also won't affect the absorbency of your workout wear or linens. What's not to like?

 

How Many Loads of Laundry Do Wool Dryer Balls Last?

One feature of wool dryer balls that makes them exceptionally economically friendly is their longevity. Unlike a dryer sheet, which can only be used once, wool dryer balls usually last for over 1,000 loads of laundry. This equates to somewhere between 2 to 5 years of use, depending on how frequently you use them. You'll know that they need to be replaced when they start to look scraggly and have bits of wool fiber hanging loosely. 

 

How Do You Recharge Wool Dryer Balls?

Wool dryer balls are at their most effective when they're properly maintained. Thankfully, recharging your wool dryer balls is very simple. All you have to do is put them in your washing machine on a gentle cycle with hot water. Then place them in your dryer and put the machine on high heat. That's all it takes! Doing this approximately every 100 loads will help you get the most out of your dryer balls. 

Now that you know about the amazing benefits of dryer balls, it's time to add these all-natural, chemical-free products to your laundry routine. They help your machine dry clothes faster, reducing your energy usage and making life easier in the process!