February 1st, 2011
I’m happy to say that the wool dryer balls from Rockin’ Green do actually rock! After the disintegrating Nellie’s dryer ball experience, I’m relieved. I also gave Rockin’ Green’s detergent a whirl, so look for that review coming up soon. (Disclosure: I received free detergent samples and a couple of dryer balls from Rockin’ Green.)
What I love about the wool dryer balls available from Rockin’ Green:
- Produce minimal noise. The softness of these balls makes the low noise level possible. I found Nellie’s balls to be super loud compared to these.
- Soften fabric. You can skip fabric softener and still end up with soft clothes. That saves you money and helps prevent waste. Since using liquid fabric softeners may interfere with the absorbency of cloth diapers, these dryer balls are extra handy for mothers.
- Handmade in USA with 100 percent wool. Plain and simple!
- Wool stays off clothes. For the most part, the wool is staying on the ball, not clothes, though I’ve found a rare strand of wool on a towel.
- May be OK for allergies. I’m not a doctor, so I can’t guarantee these won’t bother you. Wool typically makes me itch and sneeze, but these balls haven’t bugged me.
Some things to consider when trying out these dryer balls:
- Some static remains. The wool dryer balls will help reduce static, but you’ll still experience static on some clothes.
- They go exploring. You might have to hunt down a ball or two when emptying the dryer. Often, they’re just hanging out in easy sight, but I sometimes find a shy ball inside a sleeve.
- They’ll pick up lint (pictured ). Not that it’s a problem, but when you dry a new fabric, you’ll find some lint from said fabric stuck on the dryer ball. However, you don’t have to pick it off. It falls off itself later on and makes its way into the lint trap.
- Pilling occurs. This is natural, but some materials like Velcro may cause worse pilling.
But do they reduce drying time? Word around the Internet is that the more dryer balls you use, the lower your drying time. I used just two balls. I’ve noticed a small decrease in drying time, but nothing super dramatic.
Cat lovers will note how my kitty Oscar (above) wants to use these balls for playing. Just be careful kitties don’t follow them into the dryer.
Finally, what about scent? These balls come unscented, but it’s possible to scent your own dryer balls.
How many wool dryer balls do you use?
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