Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Review: Woolzies dryer balls

Hey, look at these!

These are Woolzies dryer balls.  Woolzies are chemical-free, made of 100 % pure New Zealand wool, and are each hand made.  They come in a box of 6, for 34.95$ with free shipping to anywhere in the US.  Woolzies are guaranteed to last for 1,000 loads!  The box has all sorts of information written on it, and inside is a card with some frequently asked questions.  I wanted to get a picture, but my dogs decided it looked delicious before I got a chance.  They have the same information on their website, if you want to check it out.

Woolzies are meant to replace fabric softener/dryer sheets.  They soften your clothes, eliminate static cling, reduce your drying time, save you money, and keep tons of dryer sheets out of landfills.  Oh, and did I mention they're chemical-free?

(This is just an approximate measurement, to give you an idea of how big they are.  Because they are hand made, each ball is a little different, but I picked the most average-sized one.  Baby hands not included.)

I was super excited to try these.  I tried to make my own wool dryer balls a few weeks ago, and it didn't go so well.  They took a ton of time and yarn to make, did NOT felt in my washer, come unraveled all the time, and are heavy, meaning they make a ton of noise in my dryer.  Here are my two surviving home made wool dryer balls, next to a few Woolzies.

Isn't the multi-color one pretty?  Well, unfortunately, that's the only advantage they have over Woolzies.  The two I made are much, much smaller.  I think it might have taken me a month to make a set of 6 home made dryer balls, if I wanted to make them as big as Woolzies are.  But with how heavy mine were,  I think they would have damaged my dryer if I had made them that big!  My Woolzies are much lighter and softer than my home made dryer balls, and they don't make nearly as much noise.  Winding the yarn into a tight ball also really made my fingers cramp, so that knocked off some points.

I did a load of cloth diapers shortly after receiving my Woolzies.  I didn't take any pictures of that, because I assume you've all seen the inside of a dryer before.  If not, feel free Google it :)  Anyway, I did notice some differences.  My pocket diapers did seem to dry faster, and so did my fitteds.  I didn't time it, but it was a noticable difference.  My bamboo inserts didn't seem to dry any faster, but if you have bamboo inserts you know that nothing on this earth could make them dry faster.  Next to the decreased drying time, the other big difference I noticed using Woolzies was the static cling.  Usually, my microfiber inserts stick to my flats with the strength of 100 men.  I'm proud to say there was no glue-like sticking!  This is a big deal.  I can't stand the static-y sound it makes when you pull apart microfiber and, well, anything else.  You know that sound, the one that sounds like someone just lit the fuze on a firecracker. I hope I never have to hear that sound again, and it looks like I won't!

 I've also been using Woolzies with my clothing, and have noticed the same results.  Shorter drying time, less static.  I've even been throwing them in with my mom's towels (and not mentioning it, hehe) because she's allergic to wool and Woolzies claim to be safe for people with wool allergies.  So far, she has not complained about being itchy!  Not even when I hinted at it.  Score!
The bottom line:
As far as I can tell, Woolzies do everything they claim to do.  I'm completely satisfied with mine and have no complaints.  I hope they last as well as they're supposed to.  If I continue to do 3 loads of laundry a week, it'll take nearly 7 years for my Woolzies to wear out!  I guess it'll be a long time before I have to do an update on this one! ;)

To buy your own box of Woolzies, or a box for someone you know, visit their website HERE.

Disclaimer:  This review is sponsored by Woolzies.  I received a free product for review.  I was not compensated for this review in any other way and all opinions are honest.  Also, please disregard any mess you may see in the background of my photos.  We're in the middle of moving and a clean house is obviously not high on my list of priorities right now.

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