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Dryer balls can reduce drying time by 30 per cent. (Credit: Jennnifer LeBrun)

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! BC Hydro has great tips to shrink drying time, including using dryer balls.

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?

Comment on this blog to win a set of three ULAT wool dryer balls (draw date October 9th).

Sincerely,

Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green

September 16, 2012
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/queen-of-green/2012/09/wool-dryer-balls-shrink-drying-time/

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191 Comments

Feb 01, 2014
8:57 PM

Is there any scientific basis for this recommendation? Physics would indicate no. I can see the appeal of dryer balls to add natural scent but I see zero basis for reduced drying time. People were either overdrying their clothes previously or are now underdrying them.

Jan 29, 2014
8:37 AM

A few comments here that it hasn’t reduced static or dry time…you have static b/c you dry for too long. Reduce your dry time by 10 min (to start). Best results are achieved when you dry till your laundry is ‘not quite dry’ but not still damp. Once your laundry is totally dry, if it continues to tumble around in the heat, you will get static and you’ve wasted all that electricity on needless drying. Synthetic fibers will always have more static… It’s the nature of the fabric.

Sep 07, 2013
12:36 PM

To help with the static, you can roll up two big piece of heavy duty aluminum and that will eliminate static. I use the woolies and it does eliminate the duration of use of the dryer, and reduces wrinkles.

May 29, 2013
10:20 AM

I use wool dryer balls and have NOT noticed a reduced time and the static is still there. But I continue on with using them and still like them. I add drops of essential oils on them and get a nice fragrance without all the crap.

Mar 26, 2013
8:33 PM

Awesome! I cannot wait to try these out. I have too much laundry

Mar 09, 2013
2:53 PM

Great idea! Keep them coming!

Feb 27, 2013
10:00 PM

I love wool dryer balls! They work great and dont leave that nasty residue on your clothing like fabric sheets. I’ve also found myself not sneezing as much while folding laundry. I use them together with my Eco Nuts! You can purchase both at http://eco-friendlycleaning.webplus.net/Eco-Friendly Living Manitoba -Shop.html. Low shipping costs!

Feb 12, 2013
5:43 AM

Have been using wool dryer balls since Christmas and have not noticed any difference in drying time and static is definitely present. I will be trying aluminum foil next.

Feb 03, 2013
11:29 AM

I bought 6 of these from tinytreehuggerdiapers.com on recommendation of my friend. Wool dryer balls are far and away the best improvement to my household chores ever. I have perfume allergies — so no more stinky commercial fabric softeners (and $ savings in the long run). No more piles of ironing — almost everything, regardless of fabric type, comes out wrinkle-free (except a few dress shirts). The companies who manufacture fabric softener should be glad this remains largely a secret among the enviro-friendly crowd. They’d be out of business in a month if people knew more about it. Unintended benefit: the soft bumpbumpbump of a drum concert when the dryer is bashing the balls around — I find it amusing… plus you know when the load is done!

Nov 03, 2012
5:29 AM

Have an old sweater at home that's shrunk… get out the sizzers and start making strips… wind the strips tight… decorate with colored wool roving (available at any yarn shop) (did you wind them tight?) stick balls into pantyhose TIED TIGHTLY and throw them in the washer for a few loads.
Voila! Dryer balls!

Oct 24, 2012
12:07 PM

Congrats Reanne — comment #132 — you've won the dryer balls!!! Please email me at tpaglaro@davidsuzuki.org to arrange details.

Oct 23, 2012
4:12 AM

Hi! I've just uploaded my short video tutorial on how I made my wool dryer balls. You can check it out on my youtube channel, it's very easy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded

Oct 21, 2012
9:29 AM

Hello! I've found this short tutorial on youtube. Here's the link http://youtu.be/ItkQVV4Y-34

Oct 15, 2012
7:44 PM

Thank you so much for the tip about white wool. I was wondering why my balls were not felting, so I will try making some in another color.

Oct 13, 2012
2:13 PM

If you are in the Victoria area we have natural wool dryer balls available at The Soap Exchange as well as Millstone farm and Organics. They work great!
http://www.victoriasoapexchange.com/

Oct 08, 2012
9:59 PM

Oh, I'm going to make some for Christmas presents! Fun! I need to do something with my leftover yarn. Winning some would be cool too.

Oct 08, 2012
11:05 AM

Lindsay, you continue to inspire me! Thanks to you, I've been making my own laundry soap since January after reading your article. It is so easy to make, inexpensive and does a great job. Actually, I have a pot on the stove right now. I just finished hanging my laundry on the clothes line and I am so thankful for the beautiful sunshine in October. I love my crisp bath towels and I love falling asleep in my sheets that smell like the great outdoors. I like to delay using my dryer as much as possible but it might not be so painful by using wool dryer balls. I'm really excited to try making some. Thank you for the link to ULAT and to DIY directions. :)

Oct 08, 2012
2:02 AM

Wool dryer balls are awesome. They are loads of fun for the cat too.

Oct 07, 2012
1:11 PM

I've seen these at my local health market, but I was never told they would reduce drying time! I'm putting these on my Christmas Wish List!

Oct 07, 2012
11:34 AM

These are a great idea! I would love to add them to my laundry routine to continue to green my routine!

Oct 07, 2012
10:27 AM

What a terrific idea!

Oct 06, 2012
8:47 AM

I love this idea! Anything to save energy!

Oct 06, 2012
7:18 AM

What a great idea! I am excited to try the dryer balls, and give them away as Christmas presents! Way to go!

Oct 05, 2012
8:22 PM

Sounds like a great way to use less resources and save money too. Would be great in conjunction with use of drying rack for more artificial fabrics.

Oct 05, 2012
4:19 PM

We have been using plastic blue balls but they probably contain all sorts of nasty chemicals (got them from the dollar store… most likely made in China) and I'd love to try these natural wool ones!

Oct 05, 2012
2:59 PM

I really enjoy reading about all of your great tips that work for busy families and reduce our impact on the Earth! Keep it up.

Oct 05, 2012
10:13 AM

Was about to shop for dryer sheets online and came across this article. Changed my thinking and will never buy sheets again. As a knitter, thanks for the great idea of reusing leftover wool. Go green!!

Oct 04, 2012
4:42 AM

Would love to try these. The blue ones you can buy in the stores give me a horrible rash.

Oct 03, 2012
8:06 PM

I am lucky to know Jennifer and Koichi (owners/creators of Ulat) for many years and I received mine from them last year as a wonderful Christmas gift. I use my dryer balls all the time (today even!) and highly recommend them!

Oct 03, 2012
7:02 PM

Very good to know- was there ways

Oct 03, 2012
5:27 PM

I have heard of and even used tennis balls to reduce wrinkles but this add the absorptive value of the wool. Good idea.

Oct 03, 2012
5:03 PM

I LOVE these. I think it would actually make a thoughtful gift for families. I need to study that link on how to make your own…

Oct 03, 2012
1:54 PM

awesome idea! I've used felted sweaters for other projects and can't wait to try this…

Oct 03, 2012
12:21 PM

Would love some of these!

Oct 03, 2012
10:04 AM

We green our drying routine by drying on a line when we can.

Oct 03, 2012
9:57 AM

I am always open to looking at more natural ways of doing things. I want to try the wool dryer balls out and wonder if someone is allergic to wool could it irritate their skin having the wool come in contact with the items you're drying…

Oct 03, 2012
9:35 AM

I have been making and selling dryer balls for 2 years now. The fabric softeners that add silicone in the air and in your bedding to sleep in all night are only surpassed in evil as those blue hard balls that is toxic enough to kill a caged bird. I sell 2 dryer balls for $10 and 3 for $15. I charge only actual postage. With proper care, they should last 10 or 15 years, and then are compostable. http://pattyannelea.wordpress.com/?s=dryer balls palea@telus.net

Oct 03, 2012
9:29 AM

I am definitely interested in cutting my drying time. I do dry on a rack, but with a family of 4 it's just too hard to keep up. This is a great idea and I may even make my own.

Oct 03, 2012
9:16 AM

These sound wonderful! Can't wait to try them out!!

Oct 03, 2012
8:53 AM

What a fabulous idea! I have been recycling wool for years for craft endeavors, but I love that this wool product serves such a useful purpose. I will definitely order a set, but will also try to make some myself. Thanks very much for the tip :)

Oct 03, 2012
8:00 AM

I've also seen people make their own dryer balls out of an old wool sweater (which is I guess how Jennifer started).

Oct 03, 2012
6:50 AM

Amazing energy savings! Trying to figure out how that works. Will have to try the dryer balls, in any case. Thanks for the tip!

Oct 03, 2012
6:41 AM

I have never heard of these but I would love to give them a try! I mostly dry outside on nice days but do use my dryer more in the winter.

Oct 03, 2012
5:30 AM

I'd like to try them in my dryer. I think my cat might like to try them outside the dryer. :-)

Oct 03, 2012
4:13 AM

This is such a simple idea, why didn't I think of that? I would very much like to try wool dryer balls. I would very much like to WIN wool dryer balls, hint hint.

Oct 02, 2012
11:43 PM

wool dryer balls would be great for our cloth diaper stash!

Oct 02, 2012
9:50 PM

Would love to try these out as I have used the plastic ones but I am never a fan of anything plastic. Especially love that they are made locally and are 100% Canadian!

Oct 02, 2012
9:37 PM

We used to hang all our clothes to dry in our tiny apartment — but that was mostly because we were too broke to afford the coin dryers in the building! :P Now we mostly use the dryer, but these would definitely help cut energy costs, not to mention eliminate the need for those chemical-laden dryer sheets my husband loves so much!

Oct 02, 2012
9:33 PM

I love this idea. So simple.

Oct 02, 2012
8:11 PM

These sound wonderful. I also like that you can add natural scent using them with essential oils.

Oct 02, 2012
8:10 PM

These sound wonderful. I also like the option of being able to add scent with essential oils.

Oct 02, 2012
7:38 PM

Great idea!! I want to try making my own from the link you posted. Thanks!!

Oct 02, 2012
7:12 PM

I want those balls!!!

Oct 02, 2012
6:49 PM

I am going to make these for Christmas gifts!

Oct 02, 2012
6:37 PM

Ooh, definitely need to get some! I hang most of my clothes, but my kids' clothes and towels all go in the dryer, so these would be perfect.

Oct 02, 2012
6:32 PM

Have been considering this style of dryer ball for some time. The thought of heating synthetic ball products to have them offgas into my clothes has kept me from trying the plastic and rubber ones I have seen around.

Oct 02, 2012
6:28 PM

With two kids in cloth diapers, I have a hard time getting them on the clothesline every day! For the odd time I put them in the dryer, these wool dryer balls would be fantastic! Checking out the site now — thanks!

Oct 02, 2012
6:10 PM

This is a great idea!! Thanks for sharing this! I also love my drying racks too!

Oct 02, 2012
5:50 PM

I usually use my clothes rack but once in while I do use the dryer, especially for a load made of small and thin items. This is an awesome trick! Up to 50% less time! Wow! I will have to buy some! Thanks for the info.

Oct 02, 2012
5:45 PM

great article…I am going to make some of these

Oct 02, 2012
5:40 PM

great article…I have three kids under five and am amazed at the mountains of laundry…I am going to make some of these and if they work out, make them for my family and friends for christmas.

Oct 02, 2012
5:35 PM

I just ordered Soap Nuts to try as a natural alternative to laundry detergent. I would love to try these dryer balls as well!

Oct 02, 2012
5:21 PM

I've greened my routine by doing my baby's cloth diapers outside. The sun bleaches out any yucky stains. In order to stop them from getting hard and crispy, I rub them each for a bit and they soften up pretty quickly. I'd love to try out the woolen balls in the dryer on cold winter days.

Oct 02, 2012
5:19 PM

Genius, wool is such a fantastic fiber. Thanks!

Oct 02, 2012
5:05 PM

I've wanted to try these for a while now. Do they need to be dried out after each load? That is, do they absorb water as the load is dried?

Oct 02, 2012
5:04 PM

I am definitely going to make these for myself and as Christmas gifts. A tip for others interested in making them: white wool does not felt well or sometimes at all due to the bleaching process. I learned this the hard way trying to make felted pillows from old wool sweaters, I put the white wool through 5 full hot cycles in my washer and it didn't even begin to felt. All it did was waste a lot of hot water and power. Also if you're going to wash clothes while felting the balls, jeans work best and will speed the felting process.

Oct 02, 2012
4:55 PM

Genius, i am going to try and make my own!

Oct 02, 2012
4:42 PM

this is brilliant and I want to win the dryer balls! (and typing 'salmon' should always be required!)

Oct 02, 2012
4:39 PM

What a fantastic idea! Thanks for posting about these

Oct 02, 2012
4:34 PM

Fantastic idea, green. And turned into a business for profit. Brilliant.

Oct 02, 2012
4:25 PM

I love wool dryer balls!

Oct 02, 2012
4:06 PM

I SO want some of these now! :)

Oct 02, 2012
4:02 PM

I've also used the silicon dryer balls for years…no weird chemical smells on my clothes! Mine are getting old, so it could be a good time to try wool dryer balls! :-) I live in an apartment, so space and humidity issues prevent me from hanging everything to dry. I try to reduce how much I use the dryer whenever possible. I try to dry similar-weight items together. I use the sensor so the dryer doesn't run any longer than necessary, and if only a few items are damp near the end, I'll hang those up.

Oct 02, 2012
3:49 PM

I live in the States, Washington to be specific. How can I get some of these? I would love for my dryer to be more efficient now that summer is over and I can't line dry my clothes.

Oct 02, 2012
3:40 PM

Thanks for posting this — I had no idea there was a simple way to make my dryer more efficient. I will share this with friends!

Oct 02, 2012
3:37 PM

We have used the hard plastic ribbed balls to help shorten our drying time. Also have used a dry towel put in with the wet clothes for the drying to help reduce time. And when possible we try and use the out doors and in house drying racks. Would love to get a set of those balls.

Oct 02, 2012
3:31 PM

This is a great idea. I'll be sure to try whether I purchase some or make my own.

Oct 02, 2012
3:28 PM

I'm in the process of making some…but would love to have some of the ULATs!

Oct 02, 2012
3:18 PM

Brilliant advice! thanks :)

Oct 02, 2012
3:16 PM

I hadn't heard of wool dryer balls before. I love that you can add fragrance with a couple drops of essential oil. I'll have to try these out for sure!

Oct 02, 2012
3:14 PM

I love drying things outside in the summer months, and am sad those days are nearly done for this year. In the winter months we hang things in the laundry room on a closet system we installed, works great takes up less space than many drying racks. We do still however use the dryer for a couple items we'd love to try some dryer balls to cut time down and improve effiency!

Oct 02, 2012
3:14 PM

I'll see how it goes to make myself some!

Oct 02, 2012
3:13 PM

I would love to win some wool balls!!

Oct 02, 2012
3:11 PM

This sounds like a great idea!

Oct 02, 2012
3:10 PM

I've never heard of wool dryer balls until now, but great idea! They're also super cute!

Oct 02, 2012
3:09 PM

I just got some dryer balls last weekend! LOVE THEM!! I have six in my dryer now. WARNING: dogs love them TOO!!!

Oct 02, 2012
3:09 PM

This is a great way to reduce energy consumption in my home. Hook me up please!

Oct 02, 2012
3:08 PM

brilliant and so nice of you to share!

Oct 02, 2012
3:08 PM

Great idea!! I hang most of my clothes but my husband loves the dryer, this sounds like a fantastic idea to help cut down the drying time!

Oct 02, 2012
3:05 PM

This is a sensible idea. I would certainly use them. I live in a household of 5 people and I know that my power bill conists of mostly my dryer costs in the winter. I usually line dry outside as much as possible in the summer and fall, but come winter, that old dryer takes a beating. This would be a nice option to cut down on my dryer time. Hope I win a set! If not, then I will be looking to purchase some and also use my wooden clothes rack more often.

Oct 02, 2012
3:04 PM

Definitely a good idea for drying clothes during the winter months! I would love to try these!

Oct 02, 2012
3:03 PM

We air dry what we can, and are sure to fluff anything going into the dryer to help it dry faster. We've also stopped using the dryer as an iron. :-P

Oct 02, 2012
2:27 PM

It's true, it's very efficient and eco!

Oct 02, 2012
1:03 PM

What an amazing idea and product, I always dry my laundry on a drying rack. The only problem is my condo doesn't have a balcony for me to put my cloths out side. So with big items to dry like sheets etc. I had to become creative and started hanging them from door in the condo. But I do sometimes wave the white flag in surrender and put them in the dryer, so i really can't wait to order my own set and start reducing my drying time by 30-50%!

Oct 02, 2012
12:44 PM

Sounds like a great idea. I use plastic dryer balls, but love the idea of using something natural.

Oct 02, 2012
12:21 PM

Why would these not work on acrylics or polyester blends — would there be pilling?

I guess I won't know until I win them and can try for myself! :)

Great posts — I love to hear about these new products.

Oct 02, 2012
11:51 AM

what a great idea! I am always looking for ways to cut down on power and energy use.

Oct 02, 2012
11:19 AM

This is super cool! I will for sure order these when your store is up! Unless I win some!! :)

Oct 02, 2012
11:18 AM

I love my cast iron fry pan. Never sticks and I get a boost of to boot. I am also going to try the wool dryer balls coming all the way from Vancouver to me in London, Ontario.

Oct 02, 2012
11:09 AM

Gr8 idea I already have dryer balls,but not totally natural materials….I would love to have some of these ones….I find my towels and sheets take a longer time to dry and find myself hanging them all over the house rather string a new dryer cycle…anyway to have a greener house 'I'm In'!!!!!

Oct 02, 2012
10:57 AM

So glad you included instructions to make your own wool dryer balls! I will definitly be trying this with my leftover balls that were 'too good' to toss.

Oct 02, 2012
10:55 AM

I would like to do what I can to "green" my laundry routine.

Oct 02, 2012
10:44 AM

Whoot… Great x-mas presents for those who live in cramped downtown apartments and don't have the space to dryer rack it

Oct 02, 2012
10:33 AM

Thanks for the information about dryer balls. I saw them at a farmers' market but didn't have time to stop and find out more abou them. We generally reserve the dryer to things that take a long time to dry, like bedding and towels. We'll get some dryer balls to expedite the drying process. Thanks again!

Oct 02, 2012
10:29 AM

Dryers are hard on your clothes and the environment, but in the winter there is little other choice … we use drying racks and then put clothes through a 5 minute 'toss' in the dryer to soften them up. I'd love to try the woolen balls though! Thanks for the tip and for supporting an independent Canadian business :)

Oct 02, 2012
10:26 AM

Cool! I'll have to give these a try.

Oct 01, 2012
8:36 AM

I love the idea of all natural, eco-friendly, wool dryer balls and will definitely get some. I've used the other type (PVC free) for years and they are certainly better on every level than the chemical laden dryer sheets, but these sound even better.

Sep 27, 2012
7:41 PM

Great idea. Our cloth diapers take so long to dry — we'll see if these help. Thanks.

Sep 26, 2012
1:51 PM

I had never even heard of wool dryer balls until this post! I'm very interested. Perhaps I will attempt to make some of my own too! Thanks again for the inspiration. :-)

Sep 26, 2012
1:16 PM

Yes! I just bought a pack of these wool dryer balls. I can even say that the laundry is so fresh now like never before. I was shopping at http://allurewool.com/

Sep 26, 2012
12:05 PM

I love finding new ways to be more earth friendly around my home. I would love to try these!

Sep 25, 2012
4:14 PM

The dryer balls sound great and I would like to try them. If you would like to continue drying your clothes on the line just put on a pair of those thin gloves you can pick up for a couple of dollars. They keep you hands warm enough on all but the coldest winter days and still allow for sufficient dexterity to use your clothes pegs.

Sep 25, 2012
5:56 AM

What a fabulous idea! I ended up on your site after seeing one of your tweets RT by @earthberries in regards to soap nuts. I have been using soap nuts for years and love them, so now since winter is coming soon it is time to go a step further and invest in wool dryer balls.

Sep 24, 2012
9:05 AM

Less wrinkles indeed! Love adding essential oils to them. Bonus: they look so cute :)

Sep 24, 2012
7:58 AM

I've tried them and they work!

Sep 22, 2012
4:13 PM

Wow, what a remarkable idea/product. Who invented this, anyhow? I would sure like to try some. Hate the sound of that dryer eating energy.

Sep 22, 2012
12:59 AM

I learned from our Cowichan Community Caregivers newsletter that putting in a clean dry towel in with the wet clothes also works to shorten dryer time needed. These wool dryer balls sound great, too. My mom used to say on windy days "it's a good day for drying clothes" (softens them too). In a room, facing a floor or table fan and turning on it on the clothes on a rack speeds drying- like for my swim gear four times a week. And, when big items like sheets are nearly dry I drape them over non wood finish furniture for a few hours before folding them. Nothing beats the fresh air (ozone?) smell of clothes dried in the sun.

Sep 21, 2012
10:41 AM

I'm from the UK, where dryers are much less common than in Canada and it's the norm to dry clothes on racks or lines, inside or outside. My friends and colleagues here think I'm crazy for using drying racks but I don't understand why people pay money and use energy to achieve something that will happen all by itself.

Sep 21, 2012
8:23 AM

I always dry my laundry on a drying rack. Living in a small apartment, the drier produces too much heat so I've stopped using it all together. The problem I find is that my condo regulations prevent me from hanging laundry on my balcony.

These wool dryer balls would be handy gifts for everyone else I know who uses a drier!

I've been wanting to make my own green laundry detergent — but I can't find where to buy washing soda. Anyone have suggestions??

Sep 20, 2012
10:50 PM

ULAT Dryer Balls, I truly LOVE them! My clothes are soft, there's not any static cling, and I notice less wrinkles. I will never go back to dryer sheets!

Sep 20, 2012
6:55 PM

This is amazing! Who would have thought wool balls would have made a difference in drying time!? Ultimately I would like to start hanging my clothes to dry, but this helps too =)

Sep 20, 2012
3:07 PM

What a great idea! I love the idea of making our dryer more energy efficient and I'm definitely going to try these. Thanks for making a great friendly product.

Sep 20, 2012
2:29 PM

Such a great idea! Everyone involved benefits, I love it!

Cant wait to order my own set.

Sep 20, 2012
12:41 PM

I didn't know wool dryer balls could have such a significant impact!

Sep 20, 2012
11:27 AM

Laundry is such a time suck. I dry most of my stuff on racks but anything to reduce the dryer time I need to use even more is great :)

Sep 20, 2012
11:18 AM

What a great tip! I'm going to try this for the fall and winter :)

Sep 20, 2012
10:12 AM

Great idea. I'm less "green" than I should be when it comes to tumble drying so anything that makes my drying more efficient is worth testing.

Sep 20, 2012
4:26 AM

I would love to try these dryer balls. I only use the dryer in the winter when I have no other choice as I am always trying to reduce my hydro cost. The fact that these natural dryer balls reduce drying time by 30 to 50% is amazing and would love to try them. Thanks for the info.

Sep 19, 2012
9:52 PM

I'd like to get my hands on those.

Sep 19, 2012
9:21 PM

My favorite household job- hanging laundry outside. My husband built a huge drying rack to suspend from the ceiling in our basement — no sheet is too big! But the wool balls would be a lovely gift for Christmas for those without the space for drying racks…

Sep 19, 2012
7:07 PM

Thanks for sharing yet another great idea!

Sep 19, 2012
4:43 PM

I never heard of dryer balls but am definitely going to check them out. We hang out laundry whenever we can — love ozone smelling sheets!

Sep 19, 2012
3:46 PM

What an intriguing idea, can't wait to try it!

Sep 19, 2012
3:13 PM

Cool! I've never heard of these before!! I'd love to win 'em!!

Thanks QOG :)

Sep 19, 2012
10:29 AM

Yes, the plastic dryer balls make me mental and my neighbours are not fans either. Haha I love that they make my clothes softer and I don't need the dryer sheets. I live in an apartment and I pay for laundry so even if I can take the clothes out sooner I won't save any money. However, my Manager has asked me not to use them because of the noise and with my shift work, I do laundry at odd hours. I think the wool dryer balls will be the perfect solution! Thank you for the post.

Sep 18, 2012
7:15 PM

I only use my dryer during winter, so about 2-3 months of the year — and not for everything, I try to line dry as much as I can :) I do have an undercover washing line as well as the outside line — but with 5 kids, I just can't seem to get it all dry without the dryer! These balls look fantastic — every little bit helps :)

Sep 18, 2012
3:20 PM

I've been using cloth static sheets for awhile now. They're so much better than those stinky, oily, disposable sheets. I would love to try these wool balls!

Sep 18, 2012
9:16 AM

I have tried plastic dryer balls over the years. Noisy! Dont last long either. Some members of our family are highly sensitive/allergic to traditional laundry soaps and definitely any fabric softeners. I would love to try the wool dryer balls. I will do anything to save energy, money and our environment. I dry nearly everything on the line outside all summer. I hang things out on nice winter days. When laundry freezes on the line it looses quite a bit of the moisture in it. Then I bring the frozen clothes in to the dryer and drying time is reduced because of it. I also hang many things on a line inside. It helps with the humidity indoors during those months when it is so dry and hard on our sensitive skin. Another energy saving trick I love to use

Sep 18, 2012
5:41 AM

We don't even have a dryer, so we find places to put our drying racks in all weather. However, I did go over to my mom's place the other day when I had to do four loads of new baby clothes/diapers and figured the dryer would help — having those wool balls would be quite handy! And my mom would appreciate the gift I'm sure.

Sep 17, 2012
9:04 PM

I've been using a drying rack since I did my first load of laundry a gazillion years ago. I hang my man's shirts, which are TOO BIG for the drying rack, from the shower curtain rod on hangers. I only use the dryer for sheets, towels, and socks — always a full load, on a timed setting, and with a clean lint trap … and, of course, sans dryer sheet! I can't remember the last time I ironed. I use a large water bottle to spritz any wrinkles and shake or smooth them away. I would love me some wool dryer balls! Enter my name, please!

Sep 17, 2012
6:16 PM

Wow, cool idea! I especially like that you can add scent with essential oils!

Sep 17, 2012
5:15 PM

I "greened" my laundry routine when I was 18 — I bought a green detergent. By the end of the bottle I was making my own soap from the Queen of Green recipes. Later still and for about 2 years now I've been using Earth's Berries soap nuts and I love them. They work exceptionally well, remove stains better than conventional detergents, make your clothes very soft and smell crisp and fresh, they last for a really long time, and they're completely natural and you can compost them when they're done! I highly recommend them.

Sep 17, 2012
4:45 PM

What a brilliant idea! I had no idea that wool balls would increase a dryer's efficiency. Thanks for the post — I am definitely going to try this out!

Sep 17, 2012
4:10 PM

We use two drying racks in the house year round to bring up the humidity and decrease dust allergies, but this sounds like a good idea for sheets that are too big for the racks.

Sep 17, 2012
3:55 PM

I'm with you on the drying racks. I've never owned a dryer.

Sep 17, 2012
3:26 PM

Awesome…always looking for a way to make my dryer dry faster and better-living in such a humid place, it

Sep 17, 2012
2:23 PM

Can't believe I've never heard of these before! Definitely going to try out my DIY skills with that tutorial

Sep 17, 2012
2:22 PM

Thanks for the heads up. I've been using dry racks for my washing although, with moving to a colder climate, I suspect I'll now be needing to machine dry heavier items. These wool dryer balls sound like a wonderful eco-friendlier, skin-safe practice when machine drying. And the anti-static properties are definitely a bonus :)

Sep 17, 2012
1:06 PM

Sounds interesting! Would live to win some!!

Sep 17, 2012
1:05 PM

Sounds interesting! I would live to win some!!!

Sep 17, 2012
12:47 PM

I am always interested in finding ways to cut cost when using hydro, and what simple way to do it! I love all things natural…

Sep 17, 2012
12:24 PM

These would be great for days when you can't use the clothesline!

Sep 17, 2012
11:50 AM

We use the clothesline until it goes below 10C, and inside we use a pseudo-Victorian Airer that my husband built to replicate those used in England (it has a pulley system so that everything is lifted up to ceiling level). I'm intrigued by the dryer balls!

Sep 17, 2012
11:42 AM

So that's what they're for!

Sep 17, 2012
11:41 AM

I love this idea and have shared it with a few others already!

I live in an apartment and use shared dryers with others in the building where you want to get your stuff in and out as fast as you can. Time is precious — this is a great discovery.

Sep 17, 2012
11:37 AM

I dry outside as often as I can, but Saskatchewan in the winter is unkind to outdoor drying, and things can take a long time inside as well, so we use the dryer a lot more during the winter. I've used dryer balls before but they were plastic and eventually disintegrated and turned into garbage. Also they made a heck of a racket in the dryer. I'm definitely keen to try this out — if I don't win, I'll just make my own — and maybe a few extra for kid Christmas presents!

Sep 17, 2012
11:24 AM

I haven't used fabric softener sheets in years. Instead I put some white vinegar in my washing machine 'fabric softener' container. I then dry either on the line, or just in the dryer. But I've always wondered about dryer balls. I'd love to try some! :-)

Sep 17, 2012
11:21 AM

What a great idea! Plus with winter coming, I need to reduce the static in my dryer!

Sep 17, 2012
11:14 AM

I bought the plastic dryer balls when they first came out and have found that they do reduce drying time a bit. However, they are no help at all regarding static. It would be nice to try out the wool balls. Since wool is a great absorber of moisture, I anticipate that they would do a much better job than the plastic ones.

Sep 17, 2012
11:00 AM

I've been eying dryer balls for a while, but still haven't purchased any! Winning some would be even better! :)

Sep 17, 2012
10:56 AM

we know that greatest impact from appliances comes from the use phase. This is a great way to reduce the life-cycle impacts of washing clothes! I'd love to test these at home

Sep 17, 2012
10:50 AM

I try to never use my dryer. However, sometimes I can't help it. Reducing my dryers efficiency would be awesome

Sep 17, 2012
10:44 AM

You can throw a ball of wool yarn in the dryer and I bet it will turn into one of these!

Sep 17, 2012
10:35 AM

This just shows that really great new ideas are not always high tech. They just have to be ingenious. Congratulations to Jennifer!

Sep 17, 2012
10:34 AM

This is crazy! Just what might help us to reduce our drying time. Looking forward to have some other tricks like that.

Sep 17, 2012
10:33 AM

I use a drying rack but with two small kids, there's often too much laundry to hang it all. I try to remember to stick a dry bath towel in the dryer with the wet clothes…works much the same way (although without the aid of separating clothes like the balls I guess). I am curious about the balls with different fabrics — will the 'catch' or pill other fabrics?

Sep 17, 2012
10:31 AM

Just saw this on another site and will try with an old wool sweater, great idea!

Sep 17, 2012
10:30 AM

I only use my dryer in winter for sheets and towels. I've been known to throw in an old (clean) shoe to help break up the laundry lumps but these balls would certainly do the trick, especially as they help absorb moisture.

Sep 17, 2012
10:25 AM

These are great! I don't use my dryer very often, but these would definitely make me feel better about the times I have to.

Sep 17, 2012
10:18 AM

I saw something like this at the local farmer's market and thought that it's a good idea. It would help to reduce drying time of the items that don't fit on my indoor drying rack when it's too cold or rainy to use the clothesline.

Sep 17, 2012
10:13 AM

I love this! I've been drying sans-sheets but it'd be nice to get some scent in there again, plus the reduced drying time? All about it.

Sep 17, 2012
10:09 AM

I'd love to win a set of these dryer balls, I've heard of them and have been meaning to try them. I use my drying racks when ever I can and often hang items when they are still a bit damp to reduce dryer use.

Sep 17, 2012
10:06 AM

These look great! Would love to try them :)

Sep 17, 2012
10:04 AM

I love wool dryer balls! Pretty and eco-friendly — what could be better?

Sep 17, 2012
10:03 AM

We've actually been able to start selling wool balls in our store! We're very excited to encourage people to be ecofriendly, especially when it impacts their lives directly! <3 www.naturebumz.com

Sep 17, 2012
10:00 AM

I prefer to use my racks for drying clothes, but every once in a while I throw stuff in the dryer. I never add anything, but would love to try the wool dryer balls. I can't believe there is something so simple that will decrease drying time that much!

Sep 17, 2012
9:58 AM

I just read about these last week, never heard of them before. I'd love to try them out!

Sep 17, 2012
9:57 AM

How interesting! Thanks for the tips.

Sep 17, 2012
9:54 AM

How interesting! Thanks for the tips.

Sep 17, 2012
9:54 AM

What a neat idea!

Sep 17, 2012
9:53 AM

Just last month I made wool dryer balls and kicked the toxic dryer sheet habit! Not only do clothes dry faster they feel softer too.

Sep 17, 2012
9:51 AM

Less dryer time? I'm in!

Sep 17, 2012
9:51 AM

Who would have thought something so simple could do so much! We hate using our dryer but sometimes have little choice. It's nice to know we can make it a little more eco friendly.

Sep 16, 2012
11:39 PM

These look great and I love the idea of improving my dryer's efficiency!

Sep 16, 2012
8:54 PM

What a great idea! I will be looking into this!
Really appreciate all the great ideas I read on this blog!

Sep 16, 2012
7:09 PM

I have a clothes line outside which I LOVE until it gets too cold, then I use the two dryer racks in the basement. I think the clothes last longer and you don't have to use all that energy to blow air into your laundry. I do admit to using my dryer in the winter to dry sheets and towels — but I gave up dryer sheets long ago and now have dryer balls. I would like to try out wool ones.

Sep 16, 2012
6:43 PM

for real? cant believe something so simple can make this kind of a difference….thanks for this post!

LOVE IT

Sep 16, 2012
11:46 AM

That is a great trick and for once it is something I have never heard before. I am definitely going to try it!

Sep 16, 2012
10:52 AM

I bought my wool dryer balls from WoolDryerBalls.com 4 years ago and we LOVE them- They work wonderfully. I have not bought laundry softeners on 4 years!!

Sep 16, 2012
7:24 AM

Great idea! I've never heard of it before but can't wait to give it a try.

Sep 16, 2012
4:51 AM

the clothesline on my balcony that we are able to use year round!

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