Do you spend a lot of time with your dryer running? Between regular laundry and cloth diaper laundry, I end up running my dryer four to six times each week. Our regular clothing including towels and blankets take between 45 and 60 minutes to dry. The cloth diapers including mama cloth and a few bath towels take between sixty and ninety minutes to dry. In other words, I sometimes run my dry for about 450 minutes each week. At seven and a half hours a week, my dryer puts in a full-time workday weekly!
When Woolzies Dryer Balls recently offered me a free box of Woolzies to review, I jumped at the opportunity. I have a couple of blogger friends who swear by dryer balls, especially with cloth diaper laundry. I had been wanting to try some for a while but had never taken the time to get my hands on some. Therefore, I was excited for the chance to review a box of Woolzies. Each box contains six handmade woolen dryer balls valued at $34.95. Shipping is currently free to anywhere in the United States of America including Hawaii and Alaska. Internationally shipping is just $6.95 per box.
What are Woolzies Dryer Balls? Woolzies are handmade wool dryer balls made from pure New Zealand wool that soften laundry naturally without the chemicals present in conventional fabric softeners. Woolzies are cut down on drying time by an average of 25% per load by naturally separating and creating space between the laundry, thereby allowing the hot dryer air to circulate better. Both hypo-allergenic and safe for individuals with wool sensitivities, Woolzies dryer balls last for 1,000 loads. In my house, that means two less hours per week spent running my dryer. One box of Woolzies will also last me a little over three years.
Do Woolzies actually work to make clothing softer and to cut drying time? After testing out my dryer balls for a few weeks, I can answer with an adamant yes!
For my daughter’s cloth diapers and a few towels, I had been running the dryer for 90 minutes for just the inserts plus about 20 extra minutes for any wet bags and diapers. With the Woolzies, I now run the dryer for only 60 minutes plus 10 to 15 minutes. For my husband’s laundry and most of our towels, I previously ran the dryer for about 60 minutes on high. With Woolzies, his laundry now takes only 45 minutes to dry. My my daughter’s and my clothes, I had been running the dryer for another 60 minutes on low. Now with the Woolzies, our clothing takes only 45 minutes to dry. So, yes, Woolzies definitely work to cut drying time down significantly each week.
As for softening our laundry, I never use dryer sheets. Sometimes I use Purex 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets, which are both a laundry detergent and a dryer sheet, but the product has been discontinued. Once my last box is finished, I am out. However, I will never miss the dryer sheet part again! With Woolzies Dryer Balls, my laundry always comes out of the dry soft and fluffy. My husband even remarked that his clothes were softer than usual. If the husband notices, then you know the product is good. Woolzies: Mom tested, husband approved.
Final Verdict: Woolzies Dryer Balls promise to cut drying time down by up to 25% while softening laundry without the use of harsh chemicals found in conventional dryer products. Woolzies definitely get my laundry softer and fluffier than usual. However, if Woolzies did not soften fabrics so well, I would still use the dryer balls because of the decrease in dryer time. I have been able to use my dryer almost two hours less per week because of my new Woolzies! If you are looking for a product that softens your laundry while cutting your dry time, then definitely grab yourself a box of Woolzies!
One lucky reader of The Parenting Patch will also receive one (1) box of six Woolzies Dryer Balls courtesy of Woolzies. To enter to win, simply use the following Rafflecopter form. The first entry is free. All other entries are optional. However, the most entries you have, the better your chances of winning. Good luck! Happy laundering!
The Parenting Patch Woolzies Dryer Balls Giveaway is restricted to legal residents of the United States of America. The Woolzies Dryer Balls Giveaway ends at midnight EST on July 16, 2013. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen.
Woolzies Dryer Balls Box © 2013 Heather Johnson
Box of Woolzies Dryer Balls © 2013 Heather Johnson
Woolzies Dryer Balls © 2013 Heather Johnson