Monday, December 31, 2012

Woolzies Dryer Balls Review & Giveaway!

I was recently given an opportunity to try some Woolzies Dryer Balls, to review. I received a box of 6 dryer balls, enough for a large load to try, and Woolzies will also be giving away a box to one lucky blog reader!



I received a box of 6 Woolzies, enough for a large load, though they do recommend 8 balls for X-large loads. I admit, at first I was hopeful, but skeptical. Woolzies are meant to work much like fabric softener, but without the harsh chemicals.  Woolzies are meant to soften naturally, reduce drying time by up to 25%, reduce static, help eliminate wrinkles, and are chemical free, hypoallergenic, and safe for people with wool sensitivities. While these are all things I really like, I almost expected to be disappointed. Overall, I was not disappointed at all.

The Woolzies balls look very much like large tennis balls. You simply toss all six in your dryer with a load of laundry, and dry like normal. They are very simple to use, and can be left in the dryer so they are all set to go for future loads. They are also guaranteed to last for 1,000 loads, which (unless you're a laundry doing freak), is a long time! A box retails for $35.99, with free shipping to anywhere in the U.S.A and Canada, and $6.95 shipping world wide. Considering the amount you might spend on a box of dryer sheets in a year, I feel this price is a good deal.

Now to talk about my experience with Woolzies thus far. I typically have a difficult time getting our clothes, and especially our cloth diapers dry in one cycle. I have to either turn the dryer temperature to a higher setting, or run more than one cycle. Both of which are terrible for the environment, something I actually do care about. Plus high heat just isn't good for our cloth diapers. So I decided to give it a try with the Woolzies, and set the dryer temperature back to low, and reduced the drying time. Guess what! Everything was dry in one load in about 60 mins, whereas it usually takes at least 90 minutes on medium or high heat to dry completely. Honestly, that alone is enough to sell me on the product.

I admit, I'm not one to care much about wrinkles. I'm a stay at home mom after all, so what do I need to worry too much about wrinkles for? Heck, most days I'm lucky if I get a chance to get out of my pajamas. Even so, I decided to pay attention, because this is something Woolzies supposedly helps with. Our clothes came out of the dryer, not completely wrinkle free, but with noticeably less wrinkles than normal. I even let a load sit without folding for awhile, and they still didn't wrinkle. I bet this is in part because our clothes were actually dry, and not still damp.

The Woolzies are also rather quiet. Our dryer is in the basement, so it wouldn't be an issue for us if they were loud. I admit, I sort of expected six balls bouncing around the dryer to be a bit noisy. I took a few moments to listen though, and couldn't even tell they were in there. They are fairly soft, so I guess that makes sense. Still, a nice feature for anyone considered about noise.

The only thing I wasn't sure about with the Woolzies at first, was static. The first couple of loads I dries using the Woolzies actually came out of the dryer with a noticeable amount of static. To be honest, I can't really compare this with how much static you get with dryer sheets, and these loads did include items of polyester, which tends to produce a lot of static. I stopped using dryer sheets a long while ago, due to the chemicals in them. I've also learned that dryer sheets used in the dryer at all ever, just like harsh detergents in the wash, can still leave residue that is harmful to cloth diapers. (So I'll be encouraging everyone here to please not use them.) Anyhow, I was a bit surprised by this static. However, on the upside, the static completely dissipated by the time the clothes were folded. I also haven't noticed any static after the first couple of loads I did using the Woolzies.

So overall, I am very pleased with Woolzies, and will continue using them. If you would like to try them yourself, go ahead and enter the contest below to win a box of 6, enough for a large load from Woolzies.. I'll leave the contest open for 1 week, so until next Monday, January 7th. Good luck!

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60 comments:

Jennifer said...

I tried some rubber dryer balls and they did shorten the drying time but left tons of static. I would looove to try these with my cloth diapers - especially the elementals which take ages to dry.

Chelsea said...

I think these will be great with all my cloth diapers. I already stopped using dryer sheets, but haven't found a substitute yet.

Katie L said...

I would love to see if they will reduce my drying time

Chantal said...

I want to use them to soften up my cloth diapers since I can't use dryer sheets! I would love to give them a try :)

TreeHugginMom said...

Less static in my laundry without conventional dryer sheets would be great!

michelle hodenius hill said...

Save money by decreasing dryer time




Valerie Larson said...

i could really use a couple more dryer balls.

Maria D. @ DownrightDomesticity said...

I have made my own dryer balls from wool yarn, but they inevitably start falling apart. I'd love to try Woolzies because they seem to be a little more durable!
maria.the.uncommon at gmail dot com

Krystal said...

I would like to save money by reducing my drying time.

Christa Stevenson said...

I have heard so much about these and have not had a chance to try them yet!

Christa Stevenson said...

I have heard so much about these and have not had a chance to try them yet!

Anonymous said...

I want to save on dry time
mary
mckmnm@hotmail.com

Fiddlin' Dandi said...

I haven't tried any dryer balls, but I'd love to make my laundry routine more efficient by using them!

janie vezina said...

we have long since stopped using sheets when our 4 yr old had bad ezcema as a baby and still has it very bad, but i havent found anything to substitute sheets to make our clothes fluffy and now using diapers would be nice to find something to throw in with them as well.

Meleakua said...

dryer sheets are not just bad for cloth diapers.. they are full of all sorts of carcinogens!!! i'm so glad i stopped using them a long time ago!
i would love to try woolzies because i have three wool dryer balls and love them, but three just doesn't seem like enough to make a huge difference in our gigantic laundry loads - the woolzies are large and sound like they will last for a very long time! anything that cuts back on energy usage is fantastic in my book! :)
thanks so much for the giveaway!
puddle_of_light at yahoo dot com

Ali P said...

I have a few already and would love to have more so that I don't have to fish them out of the laundry before each load!
Alessandra Peterson

Brittany Land said...

I would love to get away from dryer sheets. :D

Beth R said...

I love that it decreases dryer time and that you can use them with cloth diapers!

Geri Fink said...

Would love to have less drying time.

Heather M said...

I love dryer balls and would love to try woolzies

Julie said...

I love that it will decrease drying time, but I'm also excited to try them because they NATURALLY soften clothes.

Charlotte said...

I like that they are guaranteed for 1000 loads... that would last me several years!

Keara B. said...

I'd love to try these because they're eco-friendly and will help save time and money on my laundry! Plus, I really want to get rid of my plastic dryer balls. :)

laurapcu said...

i've read so many positive things about dryer balls that i can't wait to try them myself. Especially if it lowers the amount of electricity were consuming.

evolker said...

I want to try them because I'm allergic to all fabric softeners. -Elizabeth Volker

Cynthia Downer said...

To dry my clothes quicker

Melissa said...

I have heard great things about these and would love to have them to dry my cloth diaper inserts.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to try these because I have heard great things about them!

virginiabelle2000 said...

To save money! - Claiborne snyder

~Kelly said...

I tried to make my own but they didn't turn out like I hoped and I've heard great things about this brand.

Nicole said...

I have some dryer balls but really do need some more for optimum results. I would love to try these!

Wanderluster said...

I'd love to use these with the cloth diapers and will probably get some no matter what - seems like a great idea!
amichka at gmail

Wanderluster said...

I'd love to use these with the cloth diapers and will probably get some no matter what - seems like a great idea!
amichka at gmail

Maria Ivey said...

I have tried these before and they are fantastic! I just need a few more!

Heaventaste said...

I want to try Woolzies Dryer Balls to cut down on my cloth diaper inserts drying time! It takes at least 30 mins to dry on the medium heat cycle! That's a lot of energy when you are washing dipes every two days or so!

heaventaste @ hotmail dot com

Samantha D said...

I really love fresh smelling and fluffy clothes and am trying to get away from chemicals so i'd love to try the balls.

Chloe Salerno said...

To dry clothes faster

Kayla Dusseau said...

I have never tried them and would love to cut down on dryer time!

amber.cb said...

I'd love to try these with my cloth diapers =]

Michelle Lee said...

I'd love to try these to reduce drying time for my diaper inserts. :)

Laura said...

I have been wanting to try wool dryer balls for a long time, and I have heard that these are among the best.

Candace said...

I would love to try these so I can cut down on the chemicals my family is exposed to. I've got a baby due in March, too - so it would be perfect timing!

Candace said...

I've got a baby due in March and I'd love to cut out any unnecessary chemical exposure for my whole family.

Candace said...

I would love to try these so I can cut down on the chemicals my family is exposed to. I've got a baby due in March, too - so it would be perfect timing!

lockwk17 said...

because of the reduced drying time

Katie W said...

Ordered my first bunch of AIO diapers and need to add some oomph to my dryer.

Rebecca Rushton said...

I want to try to cut down drying time!

Zuel O'malley said...

I dont own any yet and I'm going green for 2013!

Zuel O'malley said...

I'm going green for 2013! So I'd like them as part of my green lifestyle change.

GingerG said...

I've never tried them before and would like to switch to these!

Janai Ayala said...

I like to stay away from chemicals as much as possible but I'd also really like to cut down on drying time!

Jenny said...

Now that we don't use fabric softener, the laundry isn't quite as soft. Also, there is a TON of static from drying the microfiber CD inserts. I'd love to dry Woolzies to improve both of those problems!

Lisa Kuhl said...

No Chemicals!!!! They save money;-)




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Heather Carroll said...

I want to avoid chemicals and cut down on drying time!

Betty said...

I would like to try Woolzies to cute back on static and drying time. We no longer use fabric softener and static is a real problem, especially in the winter.

Jess said...

For the energy savings.

Jsapalio

All Natural Katie said...

I have a few wool dryer balls now and would like some more.

GFC: Katie

allnaturalkatie at gmail

Domestic Diva said...

I'd love to shorten our drying time.

Lindsay Glover said...

I woul love to have all softness without gross.chemicals!

amymccarty1985 said...

I am trying to stop using dryer sheets all together :)