Before I gave birth to my son and began using cloth diapers, I had what most would consider a normal laundry routine. I used fabric softener and dryer sheets. I thought that was what you had to use.
When I began researching cloth diapers and how to clean them, I learned a lot about natural laundry methods. I soon replaced my fabric softener with white vinegar after reading that commercial fabric softeners build up on fabrics. This is bad news for cloth diapers because it can actually cause them to repel rather than absorb.
Doing away with my beloved dryer sheets was a bit more difficult. What could possibly help with static caused by the dryer?
Enter: Woolzies Dryer Balls
These are amazing. Woolzies are handmade wool balls that you use as you dry your laundry. I was surprised at how well they reduced static. I've used other dryer balls in the past, but none of them ever cut static like Woolzies do. While they help cut static, they also soften your laundry, making them a great replacement for fabric softener.
I have also noticed that Woolzies have reduced the amount of time it takes my clothes to dry. According to their website, Woolzies can reduce drying time by 25-40%! This has been especially true for my cloth diapers. My overnight diapers used to still be damp after running the cycle on high heat. Using Woolzies they come out of the dryer completely dry. That fact alone is enough to keep using them considering the rising cost of utilities.
My favorite thing about Woolzies is that they are eco-friendly. They are made of wool from New Zealand sheep. They aren't full of potentially toxic chemicals like fabric softeners and dryer sheets. This makes me feel better because I have a young son. I like knowing that I'm not putting chemicals and toxins on his skin through his clothes.
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I was provided a set of Woolzies for the purpose of this review. However, all opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.