Save Money, Lower Your Toxin Exposure and Still Have Fluffy Clothes

Dryer Balls

Save Money, Lower Toxin Exposure, Improve Your Health

We are so inundated with toxins in our environment.  Between fertilizers and weed killers and GMOs, the last thing we need is chemicals in our items used for personal care.

In an effort to decrease my dependence on store-bought items that increase my families exposure to toxins, I made some dryer balls.

I was skeptical at first.

How could these wool balls take the place of Downy or Snuggle?

But hey! I’m getting older and need to keep this body for a few more years. I might as well treat it well.

Besides my husband doesn’t like “smelly” things.

So, I went to the fabric store and bought two skeins of 100% wool yarn.   I didn’t think one would be enough, but it would have been.

I made little tennis ball size balls of yarn.  After you wrap the yarn, put it into a pair of nylons and wash and dry them 3-4 times so they don’t unravel.

Take them out of the nylons (obviously the nylons are toast now) and use two or three in each dryer load of laundry.  Nice an fluffy. Decreases drying time.

If you want scent, put a couple of drops of essential oil on the yarn.  

You can buy already made dryer balls at Amazon.

It’s about the same price. I’ve seen them anywhere between $11 and $18 for 6 balls.  I paid about $14 including tax for 2 skeins of yarn.

What are you losing by making your own (or buying premade organic)?


Softening And Antistatic Agent

Provides Softening Of Fabrics And Antistatic Properties

Fatty Acids

Polyester Substrate:  I think it keeps the dryer sheet together.  Polyester comes from petroleum. (toxin?)


Clay:  Stabilizes the formula

Fragrance: smells nice (or not) always a potential irritant for sensitive individuals.

Price varies. Meijer has 80 sheets for $ 3. About $.04 per load   About $40 per 1000 loads

Dryer balls good for up to 1000 loads.

One skein of yarn = $7 =3 balls. = 1000 loads. = .0007 cents (less than a penny per load).  $7 per 1000 loads.

No chemicals in the 100% organic wool.  (Mine wasn’t organic). Add $$ if you can find some.

What do you gain?

$32 over 1000 loads.  The average American family does between  300 and 390 loads per year so figure 3 balls of yarn good for 2-3 years.

No known toxin in the wool. Of course, you have to consider the dye if you get colored yarn.

It’s a small step, but that is what success is, a series of small steps.



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