Saturday, January 19, 2013

Woolzies Review and Giveaway

I have a variety of different dryer balls, and I've been using dryer balls as opposed to dryer sheets for several years.  I have two of the PVC spiny plastic, and three wool dryer balls I've made myself.  The DIY dryer ball project never really turned out quite as I wanted. The balls didn't fully felt, and the thicker wool yarn I used was difficult to wrap.  To save money, I also use polyester-based yarn in the center of my DIY dryer balls.  I was curious how my DIY dryer balls stacked up to professionally made wool dryer balls. 

I had the chance to review professionally made dryer balls from Woolzies.  While the professionally made dryer balls touted the usual list of dryer ball benefits (natural fabric softener, static reduction, wrinkle reduction, reduced dry time, energy savings), there was one benefit I was particularly interested in: noise free.  My DIY dryer balls sound like an arsenal during dry time (BOOM, BOOM!), which makes it really annoying when your bedroom is right above the laundry room and you're still drying clothes at 11pm at night.  Woolzies dryer balls were less dense than my DIY dryer balls and extremely well felted.  There was no evidence of any individual strands of yarn, and therefore no risk of the balls unraveling.  When I read the package of Woolzies dryer balls, I learned that heavy dryer balls bouncing around in your dryer can damage moisture sensors over time (hum... I hope mine are OK).  As advertised, Woolzies dryer balls were extremely quiet in the dryer.


Next, I tested to see if dry-time was reduced with Woolzies dryer balls.  I threw a huge load of jeans and towels into the dryer along with six Woolzies dryer balls.  It's recommended to have at least 5 dryer balls in your laundry to reduce dry-time.  I set the dryer on the middle setting of moisture-sensor dry (as I usually do) and returned to find that the jeans and towels had static: I had over-dried them (that has never happened to me before with towels). For the next load I reduced the dry-time and the laundry came out dry and without static.  The six dryer balls did make a difference in reducing dry-time and I was able to get through more laundry in less time over the next few weeks.

If I had one complaint about Woolzies dryer balls it's that they aren't very colorful.  I've seen some pretty incredible dryer balls (including those with wool designs) however, you also pay a lot more for "designer" dryer balls.  In the end I just want them to work, and Woolzies dryer balls worked well for me.




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34 comments:

  1. I would love to win the dryer balls. I just bought some to try but only have 4...and have been told that I need more. But I would love to get rid of dryer sheets

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  2. i gave my MIL some for Channukah and now I want some for myself.

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  3. My husband is a full time student And I stay at home with our daughter so money is the big issue. I want to switch to dryer balls for many many reasons, but we can't afford to do it right now. So winning them would be awesome!

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  4. Would give me more time with my daughter.
    I'd love to try them

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    1. I said The comment would be under Betty Coltrane, lol guess not.

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  5. I have never tried any dryer balls, but am finding out this pregnancy that my already sensitive skin is even more so..looking for alternatives to dryer sheets and other softeners.

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  6. I would love to win these dryer balls. I've had making some on my to do list for awhile and I never seem to get around to it.

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  7. I hadn't heard of them or their uses (and how great they are) until about one or two weeks ago. They would be great for my cloth diapers and eliminate the use of drier sheets!

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  8. I have a set of these and would like to give a set to my mother! She really likes mine and wants to try them!

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  9. just hear of dry balls recently, would love to try them :-)

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  10. I think they would be better for my clothes and diapers.


    Debnmike moretti

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  11. I would love to try these! Grace B.

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  12. My husband is a diehard dryer sheet fan, help me change his mind!

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    1. I completely understand- mine was horrified by the thought of not having that dryer sheet fragrance. At first I just stopped using dryer sheets (and then we had a ton of static). But once we started using dryer balls he realized they were working just as well, and he was having fewer allergy issues.

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  13. These would be great for faster drying of natural fiber cloth diapers.

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  14. I would like to see if they decrease my drying time.

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  15. I want to win these Woolzies to decrease the amount of time my diapers are exposed to heat and to extend the life of the diapers.
    krishackney at suddenlink dot net

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  16. I would love these so I can dry bulks in less time so I can spend my time doing more crafts for my kiddo!!

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  17. I've been dying to try them so I can get rid of our dryer sheets and lessen the time it takes to finish our laundry.

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  18. I would like to use these to decrease drying time.

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  19. I have ordered some dryer balls and should get them this week-they are from a WAHM. First set-curious to try others on the market!!

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  20. I love love love my dryer ball!! I would love to win more!!

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  21. I have 8 kids and do laundry for hours most days- these would be awesome to try and help speed things up AND save money!

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    1. Wow you guys must be up to your eyeballs in laundry! I thought 1 child produced a lot of laundry, but at least ours is a little older now and isn't having 4 clothing changes per day.

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  22. They re so much better than laundry sheets!!

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  23. I want to shorten my drying time!

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  24. I heard they decrease drying time :)

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  25. I stopped using dryer sheets a long time ago aswe cloth diaper but come winter it's tempting to use them again as we get horrible static. My oldest has very sensitive skin too so I don't dare just use extra chemicals if I can possibly help it.

    Plus I've noticed stuff seems to be taking a long time to dry so I would love it for so many reasons but finances are super tight currently so I can't just go buy some.

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  26. I stop using dryer sheets because I use Mama Cloth and Cloth Diapers.

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  27. I want to cut drying time and reduce static1

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  28. I love how they cut drying time and that there aren't the chemicals that are in dryer sheets!

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  29. I would love to have a set of these at home. I've been trying everything environmentally friendly and green. This is the next step!

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