I have reviewed other wool dryer balls before, and I've even tried my hand at making my own (in my early days of cloth diapering). Making my own was very satisfying, but sadly--despite my mixture of following online tutorials plus adding my own creative flair--my dryer balls quickly fell apart and were totally useless in a matter of weeks. I was a big fan of The Willow Store's small, lightweight wool dryer balls when I reviewed them, and so when Cyndi of Wooly Rounds expressed interest in sending some of her dryer balls my way, I was excited to give them a go!
No matter which type of wool dryer balls you settle on using, their benefits are numerous. Wool dryer balls are totally eco-friendly since they contain no chemicals or additives. Instead, they assist in shortening the drying time of tumbling laundry through mechanically lifting and aerating the load. They also assist in softening laundry without the use of commercial fabric softeners, waxes, and chemicals. Their pummeling action softens fibres gently and also helps to reduce static cling. Since wool has natural antimicrobial properties, these balls remain clean, fresh, and maintenance-free. Some wool dryer balls are made with yarn, and some are made with roving (a combed type of wool). All wool dryer balls should be felted (matted down) before using, or they will loosen and come apart during use.
When the Wooly Rounds parcel arrived, I was impressed with Cyndi's commitment to being eco-friendly, right down to the packaging material that the dryer balls came in. Even her shipping envelope was completely recycled & eco-friendly (no bubble wrap required!), stuffed with a recycled paper type of insultation and cushioning. Once I got the envelope open, my Wooly Rounds were gorgeously packaged in a cotton sachel--this would be great for storing them or traveling with them if need be.
Wooly Rounds are available in natural grey sheep's wool or in softely tinted colors of Spice, Gold, Lake Blue, Spruce, Garnet and Mountain Laurel. Mine were the gorgeous grey and light purple roving. I loved how soft and natural they felt and looked. They were also felted to perfection--there were no loose ends or lumps anywhere, and the balls were perfectly round and firm. I had much more confidence in these than in my homemade ones that sadly let me down!
Although I love the Willow Store's lightweight, smaller dryer balls for tiny loads of laundry (like when I'm only tumbling dry diaper liners and inserts), I found myself sometimes needing a little more "oomph" for larger loads, like towels, bedding, or jeans. These Wooly Rounds were just what I had been searching for. I love that, having 6 of them, I could choose the right amount for the load size I had. In smaller loads I would leave only 2 or 3 balls in the dryer and for larger loads I would replace all 6 in the drum. Like all the dryer balls I've used, I do find that these shorten drying time (I pretty much only dry all my laundry on permapress or delicate now, and it typically comes out dry or damp dry how I like it). Static also hasn't been a problem, and the laundry comes out soft (true, not AS soft as with the chemical sheets, but soft enough for us, and I like that it's all natural & healthy for our skin and breathing!).
The only down side, at times, to these dryer balls is that--there's no way around it--they do make an audible noise as they bounce around in the dryer. All dryer balls, whether plastic, wool, or rubber, will do this. Some people love this, others hate it, and many are indifferent. I personally don't mind the "thump thump" the majority of the time. I even find the rhythym calming as we fall asleep at night in our quiet house. However, there are rare times, like when we have company visiting in our family room outside our laundry room, where I might remove the dryer balls or postpone tumbling the load until our visitors have left.
All in all, these dryer balls are gorgeous, totally maintenance free, and completely reliable. I highly recommend that every household should have a set (of between 3-6 balls, depending on your needs). At only $7 each, these will quickly pay for themselves as you are able to do away with chemical fabric softeners & dryer sheets, not to mention reducing your energy bills on shorter drying times. Read on for how you can also be eligible to win a set! :)
Head over to the Wooly Rounds website right now and buy your very own eco-friendly wool dryer balls for only $7 a piece!
Wooly Rounds is also offering one lucky winner a set of 4 Wooly Rounds eco-friendly wool dryer balls!
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Final details: I received no financial compensation for this review or giveaway, though I did receive the sample items free of charge. All opinions shared are my own, and I was not persuaded to share anything other than my own thoughts. Other users may have different experiences with this product than what I have shared. This giveaway will end on September 26, 2011 at 11:59pm MST and is open to residents of Canada and the USA only. Winner will be chosen randomly using random.org’s services. The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to reply before a new winner is chosen. The prize will be supplied and mailed out to the winner by the sponsor of this giveaway.