Monday, March 25, 2013

Woolzies Dryer Balls Review

I was recently given the opportunity to review Woolzies Dryer Balls. These are pure wool balls, about the size of tennis balls, used instead of a dryer sheet, or fabric softener.

It was actually perfect timing! I have recently become more interested in natural alternatives for household cleaners, etc. (White vinegar works awesome as a disinfectant and for stubborn stuck-on food in the kitchen!)





As stated on the package, Woolzies Dryer Balls claim to soften clothes, reduce static, and even reduce drying time. I was interested to test out the "noise free" claim, as the balls do seem pretty dense.  I also was wary of the claim to be safe for people with wool sensitivities, because I AM in fact allergic to wool and acrylic. (Which makes it so hard to find sweaters to buy!!. Boo.)



   




I was excited to test out these dryer balls! I was hoping the did live up to their claims, because I would love to stop buying chemical-filled dryer sheets, both for environmental and health concerns, and because these are more cost effective!

Someone else was excited, too! 





Sorry, kitty. Not a new toy...

Onward, and upward!



So, I followed the directions on the box and tossed all six balls in the dryer with my laundry!





Verdict time!

OK, so, they definitely were not "Noise Free". My laundry room is right by my living room couch, and it definitely sounded like there were some balls bouncing around in the dryer.

That being said, (and avoiding laundry possibly while sleeping or watching a particularly gripping tv show on my living room couch...!) these dryer balls did reduce the drying time a bit, seems to help control static, and overall seemed to replace the need for a dryer sheet.

Pretty cool!

You might miss the scent of your freshly washed and dried laundry if you use scented dryer sheets, but I always bought sensitive skin, fragrance free, so this didn't matter to me. I actually really liked that they weren't dried in a chemical solution, and I kind of felt that the laundry was 'cleaner' because of that.

I'd give these about an 8, and I think I will definitely use them in my dryer!

Plus this little guy is really cute.



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To buy a box to try for yourself, head on over to Woolzies' website to buy these now.  They are $34.95 with free shipping for a set of six.  Now, if this seems a bit pricey, I did some math for you. An average box of Bounce dryer sheets is about $6.00 a box for 120 sheets. For 1,000 loads, you'd need 9 boxes, which would be $54.00. So, these are much cheaper than that, plus Eco-Friendly and chemical free.


Sorry, Giveaway has now ended.

Now, on to the fun!
Woolzies is giving one lucky reader of mine their very own set of these dryer balls to try out for yourself!! a Rafflecopter giveaway


Giveaway Rules: This giveaway will end at 11:59pm on March 31.  A winner will be randomly selected via RaffleCopter and notified via email. Emails will not be sold and will only be used to notify you if you've won so please provide a valid email address. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected the same way. Not liable for unclaimed prizes or fulfillment.  Good luck, Readers!

Disclosure:  I received a box of 6 Woolzies Dryer Balls in exchange for my honest review.  I received no further compensation, and was not influenced on my opinion of this product.

So There!

73 comments:

  1. im just getting into using coconut oil to cook with!

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    1. I have been for a little while, too! I think it is great! ...Unless what you are making really won't go with a slight coconut flavor, because I can taste it a bit. But usually it's nice! Thanks for the comment :)

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  2. I use to use tennis balls for this purpose but this looks much better

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    1. I had been meaning to buy a few tennis balls to use when washing, then drying pillows! Now I can use these for that, too!
      Thanks for the comment!

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  3. I ran across these at ExpoWest and i've been so curious about them. Hope to give them a try. And these are a natural solution I'd love to use with my laundry. Also, laundry detergent made of all natural products too since I'm allergic to sulfites.

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    1. Thanks!Yeah, I definitely like that they are all natural!

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  4. That's neat. I'll have to check it out.

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  5. Well I have started using coconut oil!

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  6. What a great idea! (And the sheep is super cute)

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    1. Pretty neat, huh? Thanks for the comment!
      Haha, isn't that sheep adorable?! ;) Love it.

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  7. I haven’t tried woolzies dryer balls, in fact any dryer balls and I am on the internet doing my research on dryer balls and found good reviews on Woolzies. I would love to give them a try and something tells me i won’t be disappointed.

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    1. Awesome! Good luck! I was excited to have the opportunity to try them out, too!

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  8. Hoping to find a homemade laundry detergent that I'm not allergic to.

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    1. I wish you luck. It is tough to have skin allergies/sensitive skin. Is it the actual soap part? Because to make it it is Borax, Washing Soda, and any bar of soap, right? I've read a bar of Dove soap is good for more sensitive skin.

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  9. I use white vinegar for cleaning toys, dishwasher, washing machine and household cleaning!

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    1. Awesome! So much more safe-feeling than using bleach! I didn't think to use in the washing machine; great tip!

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  10. Excited to try these out I have 3 dryer balls right now and I like the idea of dryer balls but 3 isnt enough I like that these come in packs of 6!

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    1. Thank you for the comment! Yes, seems the more the better! The box says even to use 8 for extra large loads.

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  11. I would love to make my own laundry detergent and fabric softener.

    Claudia.

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    1. Good for you! I want to try the homemade laundry detergent, as well

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  12. I'm totally curious about menstrual cups and cloth pads. Working on getting the guts to try them!

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    1. You'd definitely need some courage!! But hey, that is what women used to do!

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  13. I heard about soap nuts and really wanna try!

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    1. Oooh, me too! Let me know if you do. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I love using vinegar and baking powder for cleaning. And I have sensitive skin too, so these are a great alternative to those dryer sheet :)

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    1. Hi! Thanks for the comment :)
      Exactly! So much more natural than buying the sensitive skin/fragrance free dryer sheets which still use some sort of chemicals.

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  15. I love these - My mom would love a set, too!

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    1. That's great! Thanks for sharing. Good luck to you!

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  16. My favorite homemade cleaning recipe is for soap scum. You boil half a cup or vinegar and then add half a cup of dish soap (just have to be equal parts). You mix, and then spray it on the tub. Let it sit for a while, and then it literally comes off so easily! It works best when it's hot, but still does pretty well as cleaner weeks after. I use it for my bathroom now all the time. Love it!

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    1. You know, I saved that on Pinterest, and always forget to try it! Thank you, Chels!

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  17. Id like to make some toothpaste out of clay powder.

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  18. I make homemade all purpose cleanser with castile soap and water. I'd like to try dishwasher detergent.

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    1. Oh, dishwasher detergent would be a good one!

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  19. I use baking powder and vinegar for a lot of my cleaning needs. I would love to try these,,they sound awesome!!

    (Karla Sceviour on rafflecopter)

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    1. Good luck! Thanks for the comment :) I do, too, and they work so well!

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  20. I use vinegar for cleaning and baking soda to get stains off my stovetop.

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    1. I do, as well; doesn't it work so well??! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. I use vinegar in my wash instead of fabric softner!
    jbang0331 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Oh, how interesting! Thank you for sharing :)

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  22. I put in a mason jar: Orange, lemon or lime peelings. Then I add vinegar to fill up the jar. Let it steep for 2 weeks. Take the peelings out with tongs. Add water or vinegar. You have citrus smelling cleaner. *Ants hate vinegar, so it works well for counter tops in the summer.

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    1. Oooh, that would smell better than my straight vinegar! Doing this! Thanks so much :)

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  23. I commented on: Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cream Pies

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  24. I use coconut oil for everything these days (it's pretty cheap and good at Trader Joe's if you have that store). Just try making any muffin recipe with coconut oil instead of butter and it's so good!

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    1. Yum! I will have to try subbing for butter in baking! Thanks :)
      I buy mine at Trader Joe's, too! I wish it was still a bit cheaper, but ah well.

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  25. I would love to learn how to clean without chemicals....i.e. with vinegar. I just can't get over the smell! So, I'm going to research how to make that work!

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    1. Ooh, Alissa Apel commented above on how to add citrus to your vinegar, to create a better scent!
      Let's both try it out! :)

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  26. I use newspapers instead of paper towels when washing windows. :)

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    1. Thanks for sharing! You know, I have heard that (A. I don't get the newspaper...), but you must have to wear gloves so you don't get ink on your hands, right?
      But I will have to try sometime!

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    2. I just wash my hands afterwards. There's a pretty big local weekly paper around here that is really absorbent so it makes great small pet bedding. There's lots of great information in it, and also works well for washing windows. The last paper of the month has the P&G coupons in it, so if I buy it, that's the one I get. All for $1 (the ink rubs off onto your hands pretty bad, but comes off easily with soap and water.)

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  27. Going without shampoo, and using baking soda&water instead.

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    1. I use baby powder as a dry shampoo in between washes, but baking soda & water as shampoo is a new one for me! Thanks for sharing :)

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  28. I've wanted to try using coconut oil on my hair. I've heard it does wonders!

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    1. Oh, great thought. I should, too! Thank you :)

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  29. I'm using coconut oil not just for cooking, but also to soften my skin and hair. Works slowly on the skin and takes about a week of constant use to get it in good shape, but restores my hair completely in just a few uses.

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    1. Thanks for sharing, great ideas! I should try these.

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  30. I use coconut oil for cooking, to keep my little one's bottom free of diaper rash, as a skin and hair moisturizer, oil pulling, etc. I've also started cleaning with vinegar.

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  31. I've heard you can use walnuts to hide scratches in wood furniture.

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    1. Oh, I have seen that on Pinterest! So interesting.

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  32. my tip is using micro cloths with vinegar solution to clean
    Rod Jackson
    mrsrodjac at hotmail dot com

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    1. I should buy more micro fiber cloths and use instead of paper towels! Thank you for sharing

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  33. oil pulling. I just think I wouldn't stick with it. I'm bad at consistency!

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    1. I had to Google this one. Gosh, how interesting. I do gargle with salt water if I feel like I am getting sick to kill germs. But oil for 20 minutes? That would be hard to do! Thanks for sharing :)

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  34. I'd like to make my own laundry detergents and cleaning products. Skin care too.

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    1. Thanks for sharing :) I hope you do try these!

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