Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Woolzies Eco-Friendly Wool Dryer Balls Review

 Woolzies are manufactured by Soft By Nature, LLC, a family owned company operating out of the
Hudson Valley region of Southern New York.

What are Woolzies?

They are handmade New Zealand wool dryer balls which are 100% eco-friendly, lacking the harsh chemicals typical of some laundry softeners and dryer sheets. Unlike some plastic dryer balls, Woolzies are not made from PVC or other chemicals; this is great, because plastic dryer balls can expose your laundry to the chemicals from PVCS and are even toxic to the environment. Certain plastic dryer balls have a tendency to melt or to become ineffective over time. In addition, using tennis balls or similar items may SEEM to have a similar effect, but the materials combined with the bouncing around can actually damage your dryer's electronic sensors!

Woolzies are a wonderful alternative to a fabric softener or a dryer sheet, for individuals who are either sensitive to chemicals (or have allergies to certain products), or who simply choose to follow a natural, chemical free lifestyle. Many of the chemicals contained in conventional laundry products are harsh or toxic. The fragrances themselves are enough to irritate sensitive skin. However, if one does not want to lose the benefits of a dryer sheet or softener (for reduced static cling or softened laundry), Woolzies are the answer. Woolzies soften laundry, reduce static cling, but ALSO have the added benefit of reducing drying time by 25% in large loads, and 35-40% in small loads. If you still miss the fragrances or even more enhanced static cling, not to worry! Woolzies suggests added a piece of plain aluminum foil together with the six Woolzies's balls to further reduce cling; to add scent, you need to wait until your laundry is completely dried, then take out two of the Woolzies and apply pure essential oils. Toss the two balls back into the dryer with the other four and run on air dry (no heat) for 10 minutes. Woolzies says that this makes the scent last for up to ten days. I haven't tried it, but it sounds awesome!





How do Woolzies reduce drying time? Since they bounce around, they naturally separate your laundry and create spaces, which allows hot air to circulate. Besides saving time, this helps cut down on cost and on energy, which is better for the environment as a whole.Although they are bouncing around in your dryer, Woolzies are almost completely noise free.

Woolzies are guaranteed to last for 1,000 loads, or your money is refunded. I love when a company is so confident in their product that they offer this option. Can you imagine trying to count up 1,000 loads of laundry? Woolzies are really worth the investment, because of their long life! Also, although dryer sheets and fabric softeners are relatively cheap, 1,000 loads may end up costing you a comparable amount to one box of Woolzies.
 You can purchase Woolzies online through their website, for just $34.95 per six pack and FREE shipping throughout the United States. For international shipping, the cost is only $6.95. If you want to purchase Woolzies as a gift for someone special, you can add a gift wrapping option to your order for just $5.00 per box.






Soft by Nature, LLC, was generous enough to allow me to review their Woolzies Dryer Balls so that I could share my opinion with you. I was very excited, because I had never heard of such  a concept. I jumped at the idea of integrating another eco-friendly product into my life. I really liked the idea that Woolzies can reduce drying time, because now that I have my own apartment and I am actually paying for utilities, I have realized that running the dryer many times can start to increase the bill. Also, while getting your clothes dry faster, you are skipping out on harsh chemicals, without losing the effects of laundry softener or dryer sheets! I was surprised that when I put the Woolzies in my dryer, I did not hear anything more than my dryer's usually noise.

I found that Woolzies really do work just as well as they say they do. My dryer is slightly old and the timer is broken, which means that I have to manually time it and remember to shut the dryer off when I think my clothes are ready. This is annoying, but it actually allowed me to see an exact difference in drying time. It usually takes me about an hour and a half to dry a typical load (unless I have put a ton of bathroom towels in, which I am trying not to do anymore), which is medium - large sized. I put the Woolzies in and timed the dryer, to find that it was closer to an hour for drying time! I was very excited. I found that my clothes were just as soft as they would have been with laundry softener, and they had no static cling. Although I sometimes like the fragrance of laundry softeners or dryer sheets, I did not find myself missing it. I felt that my clothes were just as fresh and clean smelling, as if they did have fragrance on them. However, if I do, I happen to have orange essential oil laying around...adding oils to the Woolzies Dryer Balls is a really cool idea, because then you can have laundry that has ANY scent. I don't know about you, but I think laundry detergents and softeners don't come in enough scents, compared to air fresheners.  I am happy to know that this is better for the environment, better for my cost of living, and better for my easily irritated skin. The Woolzies are a very cool concept, and they actually work! You may think that putting six dryer balls into your dryer may compromise space, but it really does not, since they are so effective at drying large loads. I recommend Woolzies to anyone who wants to try something different and cut down on the time it takes to dry their laundry!


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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

29 comments:

  1. Nice. I need something like this, as my way of giving back to the earth! lol

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  2. These look interesting, I love that they are eco friendly!

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  3. Sounds like a great replacement for dryer sheets! We go through a lot of towels during the week, so I'd love to try these since they cut down on the time it takes laundry to dry.

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  4. Wow, these looks wool balls are nice. I really like to fold clean clothes that has less wrinkles and does not create static.

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  5. I had no idea there was an option for a natural laundry softener, love these! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. To my surprise! Wow never knew this option existed....thanks for bringing it up to our attention with this great review.

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  7. I actually have these! I love that they do the job without all the chemicals. The only problem is we always seem to end up with 2-3 in the laundry basket, it's not a big deal just have to go pop them back in.

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  8. I LOVE my Woolzies! We've been using them for a long time and they're still hard at work. My clothes are always soft and fluffy and I love not having to worry about any chemicals leaking into our wardrobe!

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  9. I LOVE Woolzies!!! They are so awesome!!

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  10. Woolzies are probably one of my favorite laundry products ever! I am so glad I found them. Thank you for sharing!

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  11. These would be great for my babies clothes, I always have wanted to use fabric softner on her clothes to make them soft and cozy but I didn't want to use any with chemicals but these would be perfect!

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  12. Those are pretty cool! I've seen them used before, but never had them myself. With a new place, I'll have to make an investment!

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  13. I love my Woolzies! I scented three of them with essential oils - so now I have my fresh scented laundry without all the chemicals!

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  14. Will never go back to using a softener. I love dryer balls. Unfortunately for the price I paid for these was hoping they would have lasted a little longer. We've had them for under 2 years and they are starting to come apart in the dryer and are leaving lint all over our clothes. Not sure why... We did recently purchase a new dryer but this shouldn't change the balls and the way they work.

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