Sunday, July 15, 2012

Review ~ Wool Dryer Balls @TheWillowStore


A couple of years ago I read about dryer balls and how using them in the dryer could reduce drying time.  I made a trip to a home store soon after that and bought myself a set of plastic dryer balls.  Within less than 2 months the first ball had split apart and was useless. Not much longer after that the second ball cracked.  I used that cracked ball for a while not ever knowing if it was making any difference in my laundry.  Eventually that ball got tossed out too.  I am so glad to have found a better option from The Willow Store!

The Willow Store was founded on the belief that we must respect our Earth and do what we can to take care of it for future generations.  One of the products available on the site are wool dryer balls.  Wool Dryer Balls are handmade completely from wool in the US.  I received a 3 pack of natural balls to try out. 


Dryer balls are the easiest thing to use; just toss 2 or 3 of them into your dryer with your wet laundry on the normal settings.  You don't need to use anything else in the dryer.  Your clothes will be softened without the use of fabric softener.  I was so happy to see that the wool dryer balls do help reduce the drying time of my laundry.  This summer we've been having swim lessons twice a week plus other days outside getting wet or at the pool, so my laundry loads are full of towels, towels and more towels. These loads take a long time to dry but with the help of these dryer balls the drying is getting done faster. My clothes haven't had any noticeable static electricity since I've been using the wool dryer balls, but it is summer so I'll be curious to see how these work in the winter when that is more of an issue.

Want to know what I most thrilled about?  I have used these 3 dryer balls in every load of laundry in my dryer since I received them and they still look like this: 

I believe that I truly will be using these balls for years. I can feel good about reusing them and reducing my dryer energy usage.

For more information on natural laundry care visit TheWillowStore.com.  From there you can also purchase single dryer balls on the site or packs of 3.  Check out all of the fun colors you can get the balls in.  I think they would make neat housewarming or shower gift for someone.  You can also find them on Amazon.

Disclosure: I was provided this item at no charge in exchange for an honest review. No further compensation was received. All opinions are 100% mine.

53 comments:

  1. I *NEED* something to reduce my drying time my dryer is really getting older and taking a super long time to dry things! I can't believe how well they've held up.

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  2. These sound awesome! I am totally checking them out. What a great eco-friendly product that's also cost-efficient! Thanks!

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  3. I never thought I would need something like this until recently. My hubby needs to wash his uniform every night (just a shirt and pants) and I've noticed the shirt never gets dry because it folds onto itself while in the dryer, so the middle stays wet! Going to look into these, thanks!

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  4. Huh, who would have thought! So cool! I'll have to look into these!

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  5. I currently have three, but think I need a few more to see a real impact. Our dryer is crummy, but I do love using wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets. Makes me happy knowing I'm not leaving chemicals on our clothes.

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  6. I would love to win these to try to cut my diaper drying time down. It takes forever for them to dry.

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  7. I haven't tried wool dryer balls yet, but would love to! I like the fact that they can be used over and over again. Also, II think it's great that they reduce drying time.

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  8. I would like to see if these work in reducing my drying time.

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  9. I have really been wanting to try these for about a year now & much like you, my son is in swim lessons & trips to the parks have caused much higher laundry loads than usual. I feel like I'm doing laundry nearly every single day. I'm fanatical about keeping up with things, so if there is a load to be washed... it's getting washed, unless I'm sick... and even then, it'll still likely get done, hahaha. I love the fact that it will cut down on waste. I tried to do that with a bounce dryer bar, but found that I didn't like it as much as the sheets, so I went back. I would also love to see how they cut the drying time for myself b/c I go through A LOT of towels in this house between my boys! Thanks so much!

    chevsweeps(@)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. Love the review. Less dryer time, saving energy and help Mother Earth, I would like to try these

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  11. i would like to win this so i won't have to purchase fabric softener.

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  12. These would definitely cut back on the mess and trash created by dryer sheets!

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  13. I have seen these advertised in magazines and catalogs. Would love to use them and run my dryer less. julierupert@gmail.com

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  14. I would love to try anything that might make laundry take less time.

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  15. Wow - Love these! Thanks for sharing. It seems like the product is great for help dry the clothing faster. Who couldn't use that, especially in this heat?!?

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  16. I would love to try these wool dryer balls! As it is I usually have to run my dryer twice to get anything dried properly.

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  17. I think that these would be great in my dryer. It will reduce the drying time and save $$ while being green.

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  18. they sound interesting and i would like to try them

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  19. I've never heard of these, but they sound great! I'd love to save time in the dryer with the added bonuses of saving money and the earth

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  20. These sound like magic!!! I don't believe in buying softener, but I hate hanging my clothes since I have no space in a NYC apartment. These would do the job and save me laundromat money. I will feel so cool!

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  21. These are great with cloth diapers. Cloth diapers take FOREVER to dry...these sound like they would help!
    Thanks a bunch for the review!
    Jessi Greenmamajama

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  22. For 2 reasons: to cut down drying time & ultimately save moolah & to soften my clothes as we do not use fabric softener. Always wanted to try these, just never have... so thanks for the chance! :)

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  23. I've never seen such things. I want to know, do they work? I guess I can only know for sure if I try to win them! Haha, good review.

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  24. I want to win these because I hate all the chemicals in dryer sheets and I have been looking for an alternative

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  25. I would love to try these! Save energy and money! Win-win!

    fooks213(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. i'd love to win to try these out and see if they help my loads dry faster!

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  27. I would love to try these to see how much faster they dry my clothing and to see if I can use Essential oils to scent my laundry since commercial fabric softeners and dryer sheets cause me rashes due to all of the chemicals

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  28. It's amazing that something so simple works-- and if it saves energy, and money, it's worth a try!
    thanks--

    A marie hj saver
    creep4ward at hotmail

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  29. I'd like to try these to see if they will really speed up drying time!

    kitraz13 at hotmail dot com

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  30. My dryer seems to take FOREVER to dry my clothes! I would love to add these to increase my drying time :)

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  31. I would like to win these because I am no longer use dryer sheets due to all of the chemicals and these are a great alternative!

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  32. I want to win because I share dryers with hundreds of other people (apartment complex) and there seems to be a lingering bad smell.

    lanalbradstream(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. These would be a great environmentally friendly switch!

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  34. I would love to use them to cut down my drying time!

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  35. Very neat idea! Looks like a great alternative to buying dryer sheets or bars over and over again!

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  36. i would love to win these to reduce drying time and they would keep my pillows fluffy while they are drying. (Roxann)

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  37. I would really love to try these to save energy and reduce chemical use. :-) Thank you.
    jaquerichards at yahoo dot com

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  38. Dryer Ball fan here and always looking to try something new!

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  39. I have some wool dryer balls and really like them. I have heard that more is better, so that is why I would like to win these.

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  40. Im always lookinf for products that help with laundry

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  41. Because it takes way to long to dry in the clothes
    schueler.jessica@yahoo.com

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  42. I like that you don't have to use dryer sheets with them.

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  43. i like that they reduce drying time

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  44. Reducing dry time and static electricity? I need to try these. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  45. I've been wanting to try dryer balls for a long time because they fascinate me! I'm really interested in how they work. I also have been having problems with my dryer lately and having to dry bigger loads twice, so the shorter drying time will be great!

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  46. I need them to reduce dryer time. Iam using a really old dryer that is small and anything to help would be great.

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  47. Despite that our dryer is one of those fancy energy efficient ones, it still doesn't dry everything in a single cycle--maybe these would help!
    sylphie@rocketmail.com

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  48. I've wanted to see if these work for the longest time

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  49. I would love to win these, because I only have 3 and would love to have a full set of 6

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  50. They don't shrink? lol
    I am currently using a aluminum ball in my dryer. Somehow I don't think that softens...although it does help with static cling. These sound like a perfect addition to my dryer.

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  51. I would love to win these and try them out. We do laundry almost every day and having my drying time cut down would be wonderful.

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  52. I would like to win this prize because they reduce dryer time!

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  53. I'd love to give them a try.. I do so much laundry daily.

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