How to Use Wool Dryer Balls

So you’ve decided to ditch the dryer sheets—but do you know how to use wool dryer balls properly? Check out our tips below.

four wool dryer balls

We’ve received a lot of excited messages about our Organic 100% Wool Dryer Balls

A GREAT money & time saving alternative to chemical-laden dryer sheets, wool dryer balls speed up your dying time, reduce static cling, and soften your clothes (especially cloth diapers). 

Ours are handcrafted in the U.S. from domestic sheep fleece. Not only are they cruelty-free and eco-friendly—they are also completely made out of wool, inside and out. 

In order to help you use your dryer balls properly, we’ve outlined preparation and tips below!

How to Prepare Your Dryer Balls

  1. Add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil, such as Lavender, on a ball or two
  2. Seal them in a container or Ziploc bag for 24 hours. This way the scent absorbs deep into the wool fibers. 
  3. Throw them in the dryer with your clothing. For care, feel free to wash our wool balls anytime in a gentle cycle.

Voila! Easy does it. 

How many dryer balls should I buy?

Well,  that’s up to you—it’s truly based on preference. To note: The more wool balls you use, the faster the drying time. No matter what size load you are drying, increasing your number of wool balls will improve your results.

  • 2-3 balls are good for softening your clothes
  • 4-6 balls can decrease drying time by much as 20-40%, depending on load size & fabric
  • 7-12+ balls are for really big loads…or if you just love them!

Do they reduce static?

They can reduce static, but will not eliminate static completely. Avoid over drying your clothing. Over drying creates static so be sure to adjust to your new drying times. Another problem with static is mixing synthetic materials with natural fibers. Synthetic fabrics love to make static. If you separate your clothing by fiber content, you will make a huge difference in static reduction. Increasing the number of wool dryer balls will help as well.

What else is great about them?

  • Wool vs. plastic dryer balls. PVC dryer balls do a great job of  increasing dryer air flow but wool dryer balls are softer, natural and free of chemicals that enter your air when you heat plastic balls. They are also more quiet and won’t tear your clothes.
  • Since they can also soften your clothes, dryer balls double as chemical-free fabric softeners. Chemical-laden liquid softeners contain toluene and styrene, two solvents proven to cause damage to the neurological system—which wool dryer balls are free off. Instead, dryer balls simply soften your clothes like liquid fabric softener when they’re just bouncing around in your dryer. 


Purchase your organic wool dryer balls here.

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