It amazes me every week how much laundry my little family of three creates. It is unending and I only have one child! A while ago I stopped using fabric softeners in my wash. I still use Purex Crystals when I want certain things, like linens, to have a fresh scent, but I hated the coating the softeners left on fabric. I also hated finding those softener stains on clothes that just wouldn't wash out. The thing I missed most about fabric softeners, especially in the winter, was the static control. Having socks stick to fleece and hearing that crackle when separating them was annoying.
I saw an offer on Facebook to try out Woolzies Dryer Balls in exchange for a review. Since laundry is my main hobby (HA!) I thought it would be an appropriate item to test out. Being a knitter too, I loved the idea of using wool to soften my clothes naturally.
Woolzies are made out of New Zealand wool by hand. The package I received contained six XL dryer balls. Woolzies claim to soften clothes naturally for up to 1000 loads, reduce drying time, reduce static, help eliminate wrinkles, are hypoallergenic and safe for people with allergies and are chemical free. For each dryer load, all six balls are used.
I've been using Woolzies for over three weeks now and I have to admit that I am surprised at how great they are. I've noticed that my clothes, linens and towels are much softer than before without using any softeners and I have noticed that cotton shirts that normally are very wrinkley, are not when removed from the dryer. Even better, that static cling that was so troublesome has stopped! I'm not sure if the drying time has been reduced, as my dryer has some sensing feature that dries for as long as needed and I don't have time to sit and watch the time!
As a fiber enthusiast, I love that I can use wool in the dryer to help soften clothes. The XL balls are a natural colored wool and about the size of a baseball. They do clunk around a bit in the dryer and sometimes hide inside clothes, but those are the only cons I found for Woolzies. They are easy to store to, since I just leave them in the dryer all the time. I plan on using these until they fall apart! I do an average of six loads of laundry a week, which is at least 312 loads per year. If these six Woolzies balls last for 1000 loads of laundry, that's over three years worth of laundry that they will soften!
Want to try out Woolzies for yourself? The company has generously offered one of my readers a box of six Woolzies balls. Check them out on their website, on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about this great product and their company. Leave me a comment on this post with your name, email and why you want to try out Woolzies yourself. One winner will be chosen on April 1, 2013 and contacted via email. Woolzies will send the product directly to the winner! Contest open to US addresses only.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary product to try out for the purposes of this review. The opinions expressed are honest and my own.