A few weeks back, a friend brought to my attention that dryer sheets might not be the safest things to use for myself or my family.
I had heard that they might be the safest things but I was unaware of how unsafe they were until reading some articles (here’s a link to one).
Taken directly from the article:
“Fabric softeners and dryer sheets coat our clothes with a subtle layer of slimy chemicals – in fact, that’s why they feel a little softer. The most common softening chemicals are called “quats” (short for quaternary ammonium compounds)”
And what’s so bad about “quats”?
The Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, a leading international authority on asthma, calls these chemicals “asthmagens,” substances that can cause asthma to develop in otherwise healthy people. With asthma affecting nearly 1 in 10 American children, it makes sense to avoid exposing kids unnecessarily to asthma-causing chemicals.
And those “fresh laundry” scents? Fragrance mixtures, including phthalates and synthetic musks, both known as hormone disrupters, are one of the top five allergens in the world! In fact a recent study done by the University of Washington between 18 & 20 chemicals in each of our scented laundry products! So not only are these chemicals getting onto our skin and our children’s skin but they are being released into the air via your dryer duct!.
Yeah, no thanks. I don’t want these chemicals on my clothes, my kids clothes, and, if I can help it, I don’t want these in the air I breathe either!
So, I needed to find an alternative! That’s when I came across these wool dryer balls on the Thrive Market site.
I was skeptical at first, I love my dryer sheets! They made my laundry so soft (but I guess that is part of the problem) but I decided to give these wool dryer balls a try.
I will say, they don’t give your laundry that soft feeling the way dryer sheets do but they are 100% chemical free so everything feels more “natural” I guess. The feel wasn’t satisfactory to me at first but after a week of using them, I am beginning to like the feel they give my clothes.
Also, they cut down on drying time! You have these three big wool balls bouncing around your dryer so the clothes don’t clump up and stay wet. There is a lot more aeration!
These balls also last FOREVER. I think this brand lasts about 1000 loads so even if you are doing a load a day, that about 2.5 years! Dryer sheets last one load and then you throw them out (more waste) and from what I can recall they are kind of pricey! This box of 3 balls was about $17.
Oh! And you can add essential oils to the balls soooo, if you want a scent to your clean laundry, you can add the oils before adding the balls to the dryer.
Bottom line: I like the wool balls and I am getting used to the feel they give my laundry. I am happy that I no longer have the clumps of wet laundry and I am even MORE happy that I am not only creating less waste but I am also giving my family actual CLEAN laundry and not chemically laden laundry.
If you are looking to start making a change to a more chemical free/natural lifestyle, these wool dryer balls are an easy place to start!