Energy Star doesn't rate dryers. I say it's because they're inherently inefficient. But Energy Star states that all models use similar amounts of energy, so there's no point.
I prefer my two dry racks — outside in summer, inside in winter (my husband loves "crunchy" jeans and towels).
So any attempt to make your dyer eco-friendlier is up to you!
Meet Jennifer. She turned her Christmas project to cut costs and gift something hand-crafted into ULAT, an eco-friendly wool dryer ball business!
Each ball weighs about two ounces. Use three at a time to absorb moisture, rotate clothes, and provide better air circulation.
Why use wool dryer balls?
- Depending on the make and model of your dryer, they decrease drying time by 30 to 50 per cent, saving energy and money
- Decreased wrinkles = less time ironing!
- No static
- Safe for people with sensitive skin (works well with cloth diapers)
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How to use wool dryer balls
- Best for natural fibers, like cotton (not acrylics or polyester blends)
- Use all three at once to ensure balance, consistency, and efficiency
- They'll pill—it means they're working
- To scent clothes, add a few drops of an essential oil to each
- Store them in a well-ventilated area (never in plastic)
Do wool dryer balls work in all types of dryers?
Yes. But the size of the laundry load, model, and make of machine will determine the degree of efficiency. A newer machine will have better efficiency performance overall. But you can reduce drying time by 30 per cent even with an older dryer model.
Where can wool dryer balls be purchased?
ULATs pure wool dryer balls are handmade in Vancouver by Jennifer and her husband with 100 per cent Canadian Merino wool from an Alberta sheep co-op. Or, channel your inner Jennifer and learn how to make your own!
How have you "greened" your drying routine?
Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green