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Product Details: Little Lamb Wool Dryer Balls differ from regular fabric softeners, both in liquid and sheet form, which contain numerous harsh chemicals which are toxic to the environment and even more dangerous to many people who have serious allergic reactions to them. Felt Wool Dryer Balls bounce around in your dryer and separate your laundry, thereby allowing the hot air to circulate better and subsequently cutting down on drying time by about 25% in large loads and as much as 35-40% in small loads. This of course saves both time and money for you and energy for the environment. No allergy problems. Since the wool is not directly touching your skin and does not shed, everyone can use Little Lamb Wool Dryer Balls without any allergic reactions.
MSRP: $29.99 (currently $16.77 on Amazon)
Personal Experience: This was my first experience with wool dryer balls. I received these and their soap nuts at a discounted price to facilitate this review. The following are my honest and unbiased opinions.
I have a desire to go more green in my everyday life. One area that I know we need improvement on is in the laundry room. With a husband who has a job that gets his clothes very dirty and a four year old, we do big loads of clothes. It can take our dryer a long time to dry the loads. A wash load typically takes 30-45 minutes, while drying takes an hour or more. It can slow down the flow of the laundry task and seriously drain the electricity budget. With that in mind, I was excited to try something that promised to reduce our drying time.
My son also has eczema. Finding softener products that don’t exacerbate his skin was difficult. My husband had also been told by an appliance repairman to never use dryer sheets. The softening agent on these sheets can build up in your machine and wear it out before its time. So, I needed a solution or I would be stuck with stiff and rough clothes!
It was so easy to use the wool dryer balls. You literally just toss them right in with your clothes. The balls are dense and heftier than I expected. I put all six in because our loads are almost always large. I was surprised to find that they didn’t make much noise over the typical sounds of our dryer running. There is an occasional clomp when one hit the door or edge of the drum, but nothing I would have found disturbing from outside the laundry room. I likely wouldn’t have heard a thing if I wasn’t actively listening for it.
I mentioned earlier that drying time averaged around an hour for me without the wool dryer balls. My clothes were done drying before the next load was done washing! That has never happened in the eight years I have been using my washer and dryer. They were also softer than they’ve been in ages. This was especially noticeable with our towels and sheets. My son’s skin has shown no sign of irritation, either.
Some people like to use essential oils on the balls to scent their laundry. That’s something I’ll try down the road. There are precautions to take, because of concerns that the oils can catch on fire. My understanding is that you need to apply the oil and then dry in a pillowcase a few times before using.
I love these! They are so full of win! They last about 1000 loads, but I’ll be back to order more if they keep working as well as they do now.
Pros: Truly saves drying time. Softens clothes without chemicals. Safe for sensitive skin… even wool allergies. Budget-friendly.
Cons: Can’t think of one!