I grew up in the snowy tundra of Michigan where we used down comforters, flannel sheets, wool socks, and electric heating pads to stay warm all winter long. I remember my mom using tennis balls to dry our comforters and winter jackets to not only fluff them up but also to get them to dry faster.
Fast forward a few years and I ran in to “dryer balls” in the laundry aisle at Target. I chuckled because who would buy those when you could just use tennis balls?
Fast forward a few more years and I started wondering about what exactly the heat would do to the tennis (or dryer balls) while in the dryer and what kind of chemical nonsense was being released in to our clothing. Good-bye tennis balls!
Thankfully, someone figured out how to take wool (it’s not just for knitting!), felt it, and make all-natural eco-friendly wool dryer balls.
Wooly Rounds sent me a set of their felted wool dryer balls to take for a spin (ha ha). The Wooly Rounds dryer balls are handmade in Maine using local wool from Bartlett Yarns. I love, love, love supporting small business with locally made products and it’s even better when I fall in love with the product.
Not only do Wooly Rounds cut my drying time and make my laundry (particularly the towels) nice and fluffy, but they have also cut down on static. I stopped using dryer sheets years ago and have pretty much just put up with the static. I did switch to soap nuts for washing the laundry and that cut the static some, but nothing like the Wooly Rounds. We had virtually no static on a batch of bath towels that were dried on a day when we had single digit humidity. I knew we had a real gem when my husband mentioned the lack of static and the fluffy towels. I’ve just left the balls right in my dryer and let them do their thing (while trying to keep the kids from taking them out to play catch with!).
I was provided with a sample product to use by Wooly Rounds, but all opinions are my own.
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