There is no mystery that the chemicals found in your average consumer brand liquid fabric softener and dryer sheets are less than to be desired. Some of the most harmful ingredients include benzyl acetate (linked to pancreatic cancer), benzyl alcohol (an upper respiratory tract irritant), ethanol (linked to central nervous system disorders), limonene (a known carcinogen) and chloroform (a neurotoxin and carcinogen), among others according to the health and wellness website, Sixwise.com. In the long run, it seems the risks outweigh the reward of softer and fresher smelling laundry loads.
Enter Dryer Balls “The Natural Fabric Softener”
Although not a new concept, wool dryer balls are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to dryer sheets and fabric softener due to their environmentally friendly and softening capability. However, wool dryer balls can do so much more than just eliminate chemicals from your laundry. Toss a wool dryer ball into your dryer and it bounces around with your clothes, allowing more hot air to circulate through all the garments. As they tumble, the wool balls fluff your laundry, reduce wrinkles, and basically pummel the laundry to make it softer. Leave it in the dryer for future use. They are more effective than a dryer sheet by pulling moisture out of your clothes so you don’t have to run the dryer as long (a.k.a. energy savings). The more dryer balls you have in a load, the shorter the drying time will be. Shop online for wool dryers, although pricier Alpaca wool dryer balls are high quality and last longer.
Benefits of Using Wool Dryer Balls