Awhile back, I saw an opportunity to test Woolzies Dryer Balls and offer you wonderful people a chance to win them. At first, I thought I would get them in the mail, do laundry over the weekend, and let you know what I thought. But then the nerd side of me kicked in. You know, that secret part of you that giggles over cleverly worded t-shirts and drops movie quotes into random conversations in the hopes that your friends will pick up on them. The nerdy/geeky side told me to hold off on posting the review for a couple of weeks and test out all possibilities within the realm of laundry. So I did. I ignored the part of me that hates conventional laundry soap and chemical-laden softener and used them anyway. Luckily (or unluckily in my opinion since it means that no one else in my family embraces this lifestyle) we had several different laundry soaps and fabric softeners to choose from. For the worst offenders in terms of chemicals, I gathered laundry from the other people in my home and used theirs to test it because I didn’t want my clothing filled with… junk.
Over the course of several weekends, I gave my washer and dryer a full workout. In the guise of spring cleaning, I washed every article of clothing I had, all bedding, curtains, dog covers, pillows. Basically, if it could fit in my washer, it went in. I was needing to do this regardless because my cat is shedding his winter fur and I’m pretty allergic to the little bugger. I think he sleeps on my pillow during shedding time on purpose just so I wake up more often during the day and cuddle with him while trying to fall back to sleep. He’s been shedding all over the pillows, blankets, couches, chairs…
The laundry soap and fabric softener used was a mixture of whatever I found in the laundry and includes homemade laundry soap, Nellies Laundry Soda, Purex, All, Purex 3-in-1, Snuggle, Suavitel, vinegar and Woolzies. I can honestly say that each one cleaned my laundry the same and the combo with Nellies and vinegar plus the Woolzies in the dryer made my clothes the softest and had the least amount of static. I didn’t notice much difference in the amount of static with just vinegar versus using just fabric softener (either sheets or liquid) and the one that did the worst was Purex 3-in-1. That one left me shocking things when I put on clothing that was washed with it. Using Purex 3-in-1 with the dryer balls cut down on quite a bit of it, but not all. Plain homemade laundry soap with only the dryer balls left static, as did the Nellies with only the dryer balls. Suavitel made my clothing a lot softer but left it feeling coated in something. Snuggle dryer sheets didn’t make a difference in anything but left a great smell.
According to the website for Woolzies Dryer Balls, they reduce energy consumption by lowering the time it takes to dry your clothing by up to 25%. I honestly didn’t notice a time difference on jeans or towels, but on regular loads of sheets or t-shirts I did see the difference. It usually takes me dryer about 40 minutes to dry a load of t-shirts and about 20 minutes for a load of sheets. With the dryer balls, this time went down by about 10 minutes for t-shirts and 5-7 minutes on the sheets. Over the year life expectancy of Woolzies Dryer Balls, on sheets alone (figuring the time saved of 5 minutes per load and one load per week), the savings would be about 10 loads of sheets being dried for free. I don’t know about you, but with that kind of time saved from doing laundry would be more than enough on my electric bill to cover the cost of Woolzies each year. The time saved on all other laundry would just mean more money in my pocket.
Woolzies are made from pure wool, which concerned me a bit. My mom has an allergy to wool so even though I had me wanting some for quite some time, I had refrained from purchasing a set. It turns out that woolzies don’t shed so we don’t have anything to worry about! When I do laundry, I pull my dryer balls out at the end and put them in a basket. Then when Mom does a load, she just grabs the basket and tosses them back into the dryer. When she’s finished she leaves them in there for someone else to pull out so she never directly touches the wool. For the several weeks that I’ve had these and been trying them out, not a single rash or itchy spot has appeared on my mother. That makes us both happy!
You can buy Woolzies from their website, or you can try to win a set right here on HomeVenn.com! Woolzies has kindly offered to give away a box of their dryer balls, containing six all-natural handmade dryer balls to one of you. Please enter as many options as you would like, but be honest. I will be checking to make sure you did everything you said you did. Good luck and don’t forget to enter our other giveaways going on!
**This post is sponsored by Woolzies and I recieved the product to review in exchange for my honest opinion.