Why I Gave Up Dryer Sheets For Dryer Balls


Happy Friday!! I’m so glad it’s the weekend! I’m actually in Atlanta at the Haven Conference. My rockstar husband is at home with the boys and I’m sure they are having a blast. I’ve been wanting to share why I gave up dryer sheets for dryer balls for a while and today was the perfect opportunity. 🙂

Up until about two years ago, I used dryer sheets during my laundry routine. I re-used the sheets and sometimes I even cut them in half or thirds to make them last longer. When I began learning more about natural living and household toxins, I wondered about dryer sheets and did a bit of research. After discovering the potentially harmful chemicals in dryer sheets, I decided to find an alternative.

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There are other “softeners” out there including adding vinegar or baking soda to the wash cycle, but I went with dryer balls at least for the time being. Interestingly enough, there are different kinds of dryer balls. Mine are rubber, but you can use tennis balls, aluminum foil balls {these can snag clothing} or wool balls made out of yarn.

1. Dryer balls are cheap.

All you need are two dryer balls, but I have boys at my house. Naturally any kind of ball goes missing. So, I have three sets of dryer balls and I just use what’s still in my dryer when I throw clothes in. I’ve paid anywhere from $5-$7/pair and they literally last forever. MUCH less expensive than dryer sheets.

2. They are non-toxic.

Instead of chemically ridden dryer sheets, dryer balls are safe to use.

3. Dryer balls reduce drying time.

Because the balls are bouncing around as the dryer runs, there is more air flow through the clothes. This extra movement reduces drying time.

4. They soften clothes naturally.

The balls’ motion fluffs clothing fibers which naturally softens them. Love that!

5. Dryer balls produce less lint and extend the life of clothing.

Dryer sheets are quite damaging to fabric fibers. Lint is from the constant scraping motion of dryer sheets against the fabric. The beauty of dryer balls, is that there is less “scraping” and more fluffing which both reduces lint and preserves the quality of clothes.

I haven’t had a major problem with static cling. There might be a teeny bit when I pull items from the dryer, but it dissipates quickly.

Where can you buy dryer balls? I’ve seen them at Target, TJMaxx and Hancock’s. Amazon sells them too.

So…tell me, What kind of fabric softener do you use? Have you ever thought about trying dryer balls?



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