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Weekly Wellegant Find: Wool Dryer Balls

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Who doesn’t want extra soft, fresh smelling, static-free free clothing? Many of us use fabric softener sheets in the dryer to achieve this result. I used fabric softener sheets for years until, fairly recently, I became aware of just how toxic the chemicals in dryer sheets are!?

Whenever I want to research products and determine their “rating” (how safe, non-toxic and environmentally safe they are), I consult the Environmental Working Group. Their website is a wealth of information and evaluates the safety of just about every product on the market. It’s an amazing resource!

So, when I got wind of the dangers of using dryer sheets, I consulted the EWG immediately and here’s the article that finally convinced me to give up dryer sheets forever and find a safer alternative.

One of the alternatives the EWG suggests is the wool dryer ball, which is simply a ball of felted wool wrapped around a fiber core (wool and its natural lanolin soften fabric and reduce static cling), so off I, dutifully, went in search of one. I didn’t have to look far, as Amazon sells a number of them.

This one by Pure Homemaker is the one that I settled on and I couldn’t be happier. For one thing, it works! Clothing comes out of the dryer fresh, soft and static free. Furthermore, I know that I’m not putting harsh chemicals, fragrance and preservatives on my (and my family’s) skin. Using wool dryer balls is quite a bit cheaper than using dryer sheets and they’re far more environmentally friendly. The wool balls last for several years and can be easily “freshened up”, if necessary, by simply running them through the washer and dryer (of course, you’ll want to make sure that the laundry detergent you’re using is also free of chemicals, fragrance, etc.).

This is an effective and inexpensive way to keep your clothing soft and static-free, while keeping your body and the environment safe and healthy.

Have a wonderful, Wellegant week,

Karen

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