We all know that putting our washing out on the line to dry is the most energy-efficient way to dry clothes, but for many of us, drying clothes outside is only possible for a few months of the year. This may leave you wondering if there’s anything you can do to reduce the impact of using your dryer, and we’re pleased to tell you that, yes, there is!
One way to make laundry day as eco-friendly as possible is to use dryer balls. With wool dryer balls, you can ditch those single-use dryer sheets and dry your clothes using less energy. Here are the top benefits of switching to eco dryer balls.
1. Your Laundry Will Dry More Quickly
Dryer balls will actually help your laundry to dry more quickly. As the dryer balls are tossed around the dryer, they work to separate the articles of laundry and produce pockets of air. These pockets allow the hot air to flow through the clothing or linens more efficiently, and the dryer balls themselves flick moisture away, drying your laundry 20% faster than using a simple dryer sheet.
2. Reusable for over 1,000 loads
Wool dryer balls also help to reduce your impact on the environment. Since your laundry dries more quickly, it means that it needs less time in the dryer and therefore less energy needs to be used (and less cost too.)
Unlike single-use dryer sheets, dryer balls can be used over and over again for at least 1,000 cycles. This means that your wool dryer balls could last for up to 10 years(!), depending on how often you do your laundry.
Moreover, eco dryer balls are made from 100% New Zealand wool, which is a completely natural and renewable resource.
3. They Make Your Clothes Softer, Naturally
Wool dryer balls also work to make your clothes softer, without the need for any chemicals. The friction from the wool, as they tumble around the dryer, smooths any rough fibers and therefore softens your laundry.
Since dryer balls eliminate the need for softening chemicals, your clothes and linens can last much longer. The issue with fabric softeners is that they deposit a thin layer of chemicals over fabrics, and these layers can build up over time. This is particularly damaging for towels as it reduces absorbency, meaning you will have to replace them more often.
4. They Prevent Wrinkles In Your Clothes
Dryer balls can prevent wrinkles from forming on your clothes during the drying cycle, especially if you add them to smaller laundry loads.
The dryer balls tumble through your laundry to separate the items, reducing the likelihood that fabrics will stay in any one place for an extended length of time. This increased movement in the dryer will allow less opportunity for wrinkles to develop.
5. They're Compostable
Because reusable dryer balls are made of wool, they’re entirely natural and so will biodegrade quickly when composted. This means that when you finally finish that last use (after a few years of use!) you can put it in the trash and know if will soon biodegrade.