8 Reasons to Ditch Your Dryer Sheets & Switch to Dryer Balls

Posted on Mar 16 2015 - 8:03pm by Susan Bewley

Disclosure: Budget Earth received products at a discount priced for this review. All opinions, however, are honest and my own.

8 Reasons to Ditch Your Dryer Sheets & Switch to Dryer Balls
Have you considered using dryer balls & soap nuts? If you are like most people, you probably have no clue what I’m talking about. When we want soft, amazing smelling clothes the first thing we do is pull out the fabric softener and dryer sheets. While I didn’t love the high price tag, I could have likely bought stock in the stuff until a few years ago, when I saw an article talking about the toxic chemicals in dryer sheets and fabric softeners. After doing a bit more research, I very quickly ditched both of these products and started looking for more natural alternatives that wouldn’t irritate our skin or cause long term health issues.

Like any family who tries living on a budget and being realistically eco-friendly. I even considered putting out a clothes line for a whole 2 minutes, until I realized I am just too dependent on my dryer! After trying out a mix of homemade options and a few others on the market that really didn’t work well, I finally found the perfect solution – wool dryer balls!

Wool Dryer Balls: What Are They?

For those who have never seen dryer balls, they are one of the best things since sliced bread for anyone who is looking to save money and be more natural in their home care. As you can guess from the name, these are 100% felted wool balls. For years, they have been one of those little secrets in the natural community, since they are naturally hypoallergenic and can last for over 1,000 uses. Best of all, they soften clothes without the use of synthetic or naturally made chemical solutions, making them the perfect way to soften clothes for babies or people with sensitive skin.

Wool Dryer Balls: Overall

Personally, I am a big fan of Little Lamp Dryer Balls. Not only do they have all the benefits of normal wool dryer balls, they are made from 100% organic wool and are guaranteed to last for 1,000 washes. If they don’t have any reason, you will get your money back – something I have seen from very few other brands. As well, these felted wool dryer balls are made from 100% premium organic felt, unlike some of the other brands out there that use filler (reducing how long they last). So far, I love how soft my clothes feel with these dryer balls and how they drastically reduce the overall drying time in my dryer. As well, it is nice being able to have soft, absorbent towels right out of the dryer, an experience you will never have using either fabric softener or dryer sheets. Based on our own experience with these dryer balls, we are delighted to give Little Lamp Dryer Balls an A rating!

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Wool Dryer Balls: Where to Purchase

Want to purchase some of these awesome dryer balls for yourself? Currently, Little Lamp is running some awesome sales on their dryer balls! Our favorite, inexpensive package for anyone wanting to try dryer balls is their 3 Pack of Wool Dryer Balls with Free Soap Nuts. This allows you to try both of these inexpensive options for only $10.73. Want to get them even cheaper? You can get an additional 20% off using the following coupon codeD3KBOO4Q!

Dryer Balls Set

Want to jump into using dryer balls? You can buy an XL 4 pack for only $13.67 (extra 20% off with coupon code – D3KBOOQ4) or 6 pack for only $16.77 (extra 20% off with coupon code – D3KBOOQ4)

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

41 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Kelly March 16, 2015 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    You have sold me! These look like such a great product for the dryer. I am amazed that they can decrease drying time by 25% – 40%. That is awesome!

  2. Kristin March 17, 2015 at 12:25 am - Reply

    never tried them yet.

  3. Kristin March 17, 2015 at 12:27 am - Reply

    haven’t tried them yet. i need to, though. thx

  4. Mrs. Roger Young March 17, 2015 at 4:20 am - Reply

    Have tried dryer balls in the past but they made quite a racket – noise was so distracting we gave them up. Being made of wool, hope these are quieter. The 20% saved me half the cost of shipping – thanks!

  5. Rusty H March 18, 2015 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    I don’t like using dryer sheets. I don’t like the smell and, most importantly, my daughter is sensitive to them. I love the idea of these dry balls. Thank you.

  6. lisa March 19, 2015 at 10:19 am - Reply

    I’ve heard of these but haven’t tried them yet. I’m so sensitive to chemicals that I have trouble sleeping in bed the day that I wash it. The fabric softener scent is too strong.I’ve tried line drying but the clothes get stiff and there are too many birds. I usually have to rewash the items.

  7. Cynthia C March 19, 2015 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    I would love to have my son try these. He has to use a laundromat and would like to cut down on expensive dryer time.

  8. Carolyn Massey March 19, 2015 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    I had heard of dryer balls but didn’t know how they worked. Read about wool dryer balls and wondered if it would rub off on clothes since I am allergic to wool. Happy it cuts down dryer time and static on colthes.

  9. Amber Ludwig March 20, 2015 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Static is my arch enemy but I had no idea it was from overdrying!! I’ll have to watch my clothes more carefully now! Im definitely trying dryer balls! We have such sensitive skin in my house 🙂

  10. Kaye Newman March 20, 2015 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    I have never heard of these before. It sounds like a wonderful product.

  11. Christy Caldwell March 20, 2015 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    Very interesting. I think I may have to try these things out. Would definitely save money.

  12. Kyaw Sein March 20, 2015 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Will have to try them after reading this.

  13. TeresaPlatz March 20, 2015 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Definitely a quieter idea than the noisy plastic spikes dryer balls!!

  14. Rita Corey March 20, 2015 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    I had never seen these before, but they sound great. I’m going to try them. Thanks.

  15. Kim Campbell March 21, 2015 at 10:21 am - Reply

    I think I am going to have to try these. We have sensitive skin and I always try and buy non fragrance dryer sheets. I also try and reuse them a few times before throwing away.

  16. Judy maharrey March 22, 2015 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    i will have to try these, i am already sold on the laundry detergent! thanks so much for thereviews.

  17. JIll H March 23, 2015 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    I have not tried yet, but interested in doing so.

  18. Nicole Dziedzic March 23, 2015 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    I did switch to dryer balls for a while, but after so many uses they where making all my clothes static, like a lot. So I switched back to dryer sheets and I no longer had the problem.

  19. Melissa Douglass March 25, 2015 at 12:09 am - Reply

    I have never tried them before…I have been skeptical!

    • Susan Bewley March 26, 2015 at 6:22 pm - Reply

      I use them myself and they are amazing. 🙂

  20. andrea m dimario March 25, 2015 at 8:29 am - Reply

    love these they save so much money

  21. Heidi Salisbury March 25, 2015 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    I’m glad I came across this. I have just recently heard of these and was wanting some more information on them. Thanks for the review and the coupon and site to check them out and possibly buy them.

  22. lisa March 25, 2015 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    These just make sense. I didn’t know that you can add a scent. I like that there are no added chemicals.

  23. laura rubenstein March 25, 2015 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    I like the idea of the dryer balls but my skin is really sensitive and I am allergic to most everything. So if I do use a dryer sheet, it’s the free and clear kind.

    • Susan Bewley March 26, 2015 at 6:15 pm - Reply

      I am the same way. Its the main reason this works so well for me. 🙂

  24. lisa March 26, 2015 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    I read an article today about how toxic the everyday cleansers that we use are. It frightened me. I’m chemical sensitive as it is so I’m all for natural products.

  25. sandra March 27, 2015 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    i’m really curious as to how well they work compared to my current dryer sheets

    • Susan Bewley March 27, 2015 at 1:21 pm - Reply

      I much prefer them to dryer sheets. The clothes are still soft, but without the film.

  26. lisa March 27, 2015 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    I read that these can be made at home. You take a tennis ball and tie it in a sock, then throw it in the dryer. Not sure if it works, but I’m going to try it.

  27. Emily Endrizzi March 29, 2015 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Awesome! I will have to try these! I love that they last so long!

  28. Sally April 1, 2015 at 12:10 am - Reply

    I’m definitely pitching the softener and getting these! I like how they last so long and I can use them as pet toys after!!

  29. Carolyn Massey April 1, 2015 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    I never think to look for dryer balls. Just bought dryer sheets last night. I would like the balls since they are chemical free and does the same thing as sheets.

  30. Ron Ablang April 6, 2015 at 10:37 am - Reply

    One reason not to. At least for the non-wool dryer balls, some of these have notices that state it has chemicals that may cause cancer.

  31. Jen S. April 9, 2015 at 9:33 am - Reply

    I have switched to wool dryer balls and I couldn’t be happier. I like the idea of faster dryer times and less chemicals invading my washables. I really do think that they help speed up the dry time by creating pockets of air and helping it to circulate better.

  32. mike warren April 28, 2015 at 8:03 am - Reply

    I had never heard of these before and now I want to try them.You can save a ton of money by using these and I like to save money…

  33. Laurie P May 18, 2015 at 11:01 am - Reply

    We made the switch a year ago….and so happy we did. Love the savings, and the softness is super too!
    We have the XL size and I’m ordering a set for my mother in law too!

  34. Kari Bundy May 24, 2015 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    These are really cool. One of my friends made the switch awhile back and says it was a GREAT decision! I am jumping on that wagon!

  35. Tawny June 11, 2015 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    I wonder why they don’t make them out of something other than wool. I would love a healthier alternative to my unscented dryer sheets. That’s the best I’ve been able to find. I am highly allergic to wool.

  36. Elizabeth Sunderland July 16, 2015 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    I use tennis balls. It really cuts back on drying time and there is less wrinkles. This wool ball looks similar to a tennis ball. Thank you for for info.

  37. Millie July 2, 2017 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    A pill, colloquially known as a bobble, is a small ball of fibers that forms on a piece of cloth. ‘Pill’ is also a verb for the formation of such balls. Pilling is a surface defect of textiles caused by wear, and is considered unsightly. I love that these dryer balls prevent it!

  38. Faith July 2, 2017 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    I bought these when this article first came out and love them. I was going to purchase some more, but Amazon says they are out when I clicked the link. Sadness ensues…

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