Monday, April 8, 2013

Woolzies Dryer Balls Review and Giveaway!

While on the path to a chemical-free and more natural home, the first place I started was with my laundry. It was sort of a given because with cloth diapering one begins to have an obsession appreciation of washing clothes. After all, you're washing poop - you want to be sure that your diapers are clean and that they don't leave a residue that will spread to your clothes and muck up your washer.

All things aside, cloth diapering is super easy and the fear of poop getting on your clothes is the last thing you really should be worried about. What you really should be worried about are the products found in most laundry rooms that are harmful and downright unnecessary.

But the purpose of today's blog post isn't to talk to you about your wash routine (you can read my post about the benefits of going "green" with your laundry detergent here), today I'm talking to you about your drying routine!

Seriously, 2 years ago I would have laughed all the way to the loony bin if I knew I would spend any of my free time writing about washing and drying clothes.

Do you want to learn a little secret on how to save money by way of your dryer? Did you know that wool dryer balls will cut down your drying time up to 25% and completely eliminate the need for fabric softener (which saves money and actually helps your laundry get cleaner)?  Well it's certainly true!

But why go with wool dryer balls? Why not use those spiky plastic dryer balls you can buy at the grocery store? Because those are usually not PVC free and honestly, break apart a few months and you have go to out and buy more. In the past I've made my own wool dryer balls, with some success, but they've mostly unraveled.

After trying out Woolzies Dryer Balls, I'm pretty much in love. They are perfectly felted (and not
wound by a strand, so they will never fall apart!) and are made of 100% New Zealand wool. Ever since kicking fabric softener a small part of me has missed some scent with my clean laundry so I even added a few drops of lavender oil to each ball and now my laundry smells SO heavenly.

Wool dryer balls work their magic by physically bouncing around and separating your laundry as the dryer is running. This helps air circulate more efficiently. They act as a softener because they are punching and karate chopping your clothes as they dry. 

Some other awesome facts about wool dryer balls:
  • Woolzies dryer balls last for 1,000 loads! At my house, my washer and dryer are typically running every day (between laundry and cloth diapers). That means mine will last me almost 3 years.  How much would you save if you didn't have to buy fabric softener for 3 years? 
  • As I mentioned before, they cut down drying time up to 25%  (another way of saving moolah).
  • Don't worry if you have wool allergies! The wool isn't directly touching your skin, instead is just bouncing around in your dryer.
  • Using wool dryer balls instead of fabric softener helps your laundry get cleaner. Fabric softener coats the fibers in your laundry (that's why it feels soft yet almost waxy) and it's really hard for a standard wash cycle to fully remove this buildup, especially in towels. So have you ever noticed that after a while your towels smell funky even though you'd only used them once? Because just like what happens to cloth diapers sometimes, your towels are experiencing build up and the fabric softener is actually preventing the laundry detergent from stripping away the residue of the softener and other ickies in your towel.  
    • A quick way to fix that though is to wash your towels in super hot water with add a cup of vinegar and allow it to soak for an hour or so before finishing out the load. Then they'll be as good as new!
So are you ready to save some cash and start your journey to a more natural laundry routine? Woolzies has graciously provided a set of 6 wool dryer balls for a Pierogie Mama reader to win! Take a look at the Rafflecopter widget below.

This giveaway is over - thanks to all for entering! 
Keep an eye out for more Pierogie Mama Giveaways.

Disclaimer: I was provided product to facilitate this review, 
however all opinions expressed are my own.

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