Why Wool Dryer Balls?
People often ask me, "what's the deal with wool dryer balls?" I love this question, because I love talking about these incredibly awesome tools that replace dryer sheets.
Wool dryer balls are made of 100% wool that's wound tightly into a ball and then felted. The felting process takes about 3-5 cycles of washing in hot water and then drying, to get the complete product.
When you place 3-4 wool dryer balls in with your clothes, they separate the clothes, allowing air to flow more efficiently through the clothes in the dryer. This allows for two things to happen: 1) It cuts the drying time in half, saving energy. 2) If softens clothes naturally.
Let me just add, that these really do work! We started using them a few months back and wow, do we love them.
Another question I always hear "I love my scented store bought dryer sheets, what's so wrong with them?" We live in the land of chemicals these days, the dryer sheets are full of them. Here's a list of the chemicals found in dryer sheets and what they do.
Alpha-Terpineol causes central nervous system disorders. Can also cause loss of muscular coordination, central nervous system depression, and headache.
Benzyl Alcohol causes central nervous system disorders, headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, central nervous system depression, and, in severe cases, death.
Camphor on the US EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Central nervous system stimulant, causes dizziness, confusion, nausea, twitching muscles, and convulsions.
Chloroform on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Neurotoxic and carcinogenic.
Ethyl Acetate on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list. Narcotic. May cause headaches and narcosis (stupor).
Linalool causes central nervous system disorders. Narcotic. In studies of animals, it caused ataxic gait (loss of muscular coordination), reduced spontaneous motor activity, and depression.
Pentane causes headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, and loss of consciousness. Repeated inhalation of vapours causes central nervous system depression.
Oh goody, so now let's take all those chemicals and toss them in the dryer with our clothes that we wear. Doesn't make much sense, does it? And if you have children who have sensetive skin, these sheets are not going to do them any favors.
Do your body a favor, ditch the dryer sheets and try wool felted dryer balls. You'll be happy you did.