Friendsheep Wool Dryer Balls, Organic Fair Trade Reusable Fabric Softener, Extra Large, 6 Pack, Black Penguin - Cool Friends
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- PERFECT FOR BABIES AND SENSITIVE SKIN. Made of 100% pure New Zealand wool (no cheap fillers!!), organic, chemical free, fragrance free, hypoallergenic. FOR SAVVY MOMS that know that dryer sheets leave behind harmful chemicals that will reduce the absorbency of cloth diapers, reusable bed pads, cloth menstrual pads, and ruin waterproof layers.
- SAVE TIME, MONEY, AND ENERGY! Reusable for 1000+ loads each ball. Leaves your laundry NATURALLY SOFT, reduces wrinkles and static cling, without harming your laundry with synthetic chemicals like PVC or tennis balls. Plus, helps you reduce drying time by 20-40%. NO LINT! Perfect for dark, white, and colored loads.
- HAND MADE IN NEPAL and NOT IN CHINA (like most other brands!). Carefully needle felted by hand in ethical working conditions by women of underprivileged communities. Traditionally hand made and sun dried, no chemicals or tricks to accelerate production. Fair wages and care for the environment. No unfair, forced, or child labor, ever!
- THE PERFECT ECO-CONSCIOUS ALL OCCASION GIFT. Beautifully packaged. For a unique and fun laundry, baby showers, bridal showers, housewarming, mother’s day, for your best friends, or a college kid about to start his own laundry. Comes in a beautiful and handy BONUS organic cotton gift bag, with an instruction manual full of eco-conscious tips.
- CHOOSE WISELY! These set will last you for several years so don’t save on quality, get the best! 100% pure New Zealand wool, traditionally hand made in Nepal, organic and fairly traded, then packaged with passion and care by stay at home moms here in the USA. GIVE YOUR SELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES THE GIFT OF FRIENDSHEEP!
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Friendsheep Eco Dryer Balls naturally soften and fluff your laundry by gently tumbling in your dryer. Their movement helps separate your fabrics allowing the heat to better flow between them. This will reduce wrinkles, static cling, and will help you sensibly reduce drying time.
Our wool dryer balls are individually hand made for fair wages in Nepal from 100% premium organic New Zealand wool. They are reusable for 1000+ times, completely biodegradable, chemical free, scent free, hypoallergenic, and baby safe.
With Friendsheep Eco Dryer Balls - hand made with love for a better world! - you can start experiencing the best all naturally soft, fluffy, and healthy laundry!
How do they work?
Friendsheep Eco Dryer Balls will reduce moisture in your dryer by absorbing up to 30% of their weight in water. Their movement will help separate your clothes and sheets allowing air and heat to circulate. As your laundry dries, the dryer balls will fluff and evenly redistribute humidity in the dryer eliminating wrinkles, reducing static cling and softening your fabrics. The result is a quicker drying time, softer laundry, all with less energy used and more money in your pocket!
Hand Made in Nepal
..and not in China (like most other brands!). Carefully needle felted by hand in ethical working conditions by women of underprivileged communities. Traditionally hand made and sun dried, no chemicals or tricks to accelerate production. Fair wages and care for the environment. No unfair, forced, or child labor, ever!
100% New Zealand Wool
At Friendsheep we use organic wool from family owned farms in New Zealand. Our wool is cruelty free, our sheep graze free-range and no mulesing is ever practiced. Unlike in Australia and China, in New Zealand farmers operate under a range of regulations that ensure very high standards of environmental protection, sustainability, animal welfare and social responsibility..
The perfect gift!
Set of 6 extra large wool balls, comes in a charming and useful hand printed organic gift bag. Makes the ideal gift for you, your family and friends, great for Christmas, baby showers, mom, dad, and anyone who wants to live a safe, sustainable, and healthy life.
For fresh scented laundry, just add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to each ball before each cycle. Friendsheep Eco Dryer Balls allow you to use different essential oils on different loads thanks to their varied designs.
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...That said I regret nothing.
As I write this review the Southwestern USA is being plagued with strong, warm and dry Santa Ana winds. There are terrible fires raging across California and Mexico. It's so dry that chapstick fades in under 30 minutes and my oily skin absorbs a thick layer of castor oil overnight to keep me from waking up feeling like a mummy. I cannot drink enough water, is how dry it is.
So, I wasn't sure this was the best time to give these dryer balls a fair shot. My expectations were low low low. However, shockingly, these amazing penguins (I got the adorable penguins!) pulled through and very much impressed me.
The static here is so bad, and we have terribly hard water. Clothes come out staticy and rough. Typically I would toss in 5 dryer sheets a load to make the clothes feel soft and to keep static at bay, but when the weather is dry like this we often use liquid softener AND sheets. So, although some people may think - Oh, she used a sheet... that's cheating! - you will have better perspective on where our laundry is starting off before moving over to these woolen balls.
In the few loads I ran this weekend, I used no liquid, and a single sheet + these 6 balls to dry and the clothes came out softer than I have ever felt them and not a lick of static. As I walk around the house - not in stocking feet - I am shocking my sweet boyfriend every time I touch him or we hug, but these loads of laundry came out static free! I am in awe!
Let's run through some pros and cons:
1. This is a good deal - $15-20 and you have these reusable balls for hundreds - perhaps thousands - of loads of laundry. Boxes of sheets are probably a few dollars a box for the smallest cheapest sheets! You are going to earn your money back and then begin to save money back FAST with these dryer balls. Depending on your household size and the weather you have - it may be faster than other folks, but I know ours will be "paid off" in a couple months at most
2. Great performance! If I can see these results with the weather we have out here in the southwestern desert... I imagine other folks will be able to omit the single sheet of softener easily - in fact I will be trying that out soon, too! (and I will update my review)
3. Feel good - Being green factor: we all know that the more we do where we aren't buying single use items, we aren't buying stuff wrapped in packaging over and over, we aren't throwing stuff away all the time that will not decompose properly - the better it is for all of us in general. This stuff is reusable, from a natural source and although there was a little plastic wrapper on the package I imagine I am going to use these natural, chemical free penguins for years. No fumes, no residue, less waste, fewer grocery store trips, fewer online orders - It's a win-win-win...
4. This set has a great bag to wrangle the balls and keep them dust-free in your laundry room. Our laundry room is in the garage. Our garage, out here in the countryside with critters that roam around the property, is often open and gets covered in red dust. This bag keeps things neat in a place where we don't leave ANYTHING we don't want covered in red dirt for longer than a few hours tops. I appreciate this.
5. Let's me use my essential oils. Over the years I have come to love my oils and have gotten the rest of the household to appreciate them as well. We repel insects, we freshen carpets, we atomize into the air for relaxation/invigoration and it's lovely to move that into the laundry room, too. I dab some lavender oil on each ball and things smell nice and real. I like it a lot.
6. Okay, okay, okay! I love that these are penguins! I have dark clothes mostly so I like the dark to prevent white lint on my dark work clothes, but I also love how cute they are. When you work long hours, commute for hours each day, well... sometimes it's the little things. I smile whenever I see these penguins even though I am doing a mundane task during my snippet of free time. That's a nice perk to me.
I haven't experienced any issues aside from hearing a bit of a muffled *bumpity bump bump* from the garage when these guys are bouncing around with the laundry, but I am very good about updating my reviews whenever I do. The only con I can think of off the bat is that yes, you are typically going to pay about $20 up front vs. $4-8 bucks for a box of sheets. Since most of us have budgets and bills to pay, that is a consideration.
So, bottom line: I am sold on these guys! I am excited to try NO dryer sheets (again, right now in this weather I was using one + the 6 balls) and I am also a bit inspired to try some more natural laundry soap. I will update this review with how these go in the longer run and after I try more things. Also, please know I always update my reviews when things go awry. That said - I definitely think these guys are 110% worth a shot at saving you money, making your clothes nice and avoiding chemicals. Give it a whirl! :-) And good luck!
Side note: I usually use Aura Cacia and NOW essential oils, but I have used these with the Woolzies oils so far as they were less costly and I thought they would suffice for laundry. They smell good and I've been pleased so far. The two I have tried are: Woolzies Jasmine essential oil Blend 100% natural , Therapeutic grade and Woolzies Lavender 100% NATURAL Pure Essential oil - 2 pack - 1 Fl oz per bottle and these smell lovely with the laundry. I believe the Jasmine is a blend, so I wouldn't necessarily recommend either of these on your skin - always be careful with using oils "therapeutically" - but on laundry especially vs. dryer sheets - these are a great healthy upgrade and are very affordable too. That said, use good judgment and if these oils make you itchy or anything - avoid! Good luck!
UPDATE 12/24/2017: I've happily used these little guys for the last couple more weekends of laundry. I adore them, but I am still playing around and learning how to use them. I have tried no dryer sheets - the laundry was soft but with our weather there was static. I tried Mrs Meyers dryer sheets for the first time - smelled amazing! - sadly they did nada for the static. I even tried using 2 per load and it didn't help. I may try more but not sure it's much better than just tossing one chemically laden sheet + the 6 balls in each load. For now the balls and 1 sheet is my method but I will keep testing new things and will come back when I have news to share. Good luck, fellow launderers! :-)
UPDATE 01/30/2018: I've been using these for awhile now and I still love them. I haven't found a compromise to having to use a single sheet along with the balls to combat the static cling we are experiencing but it's still Santa Anas off and on all winter. This week it got to the 80s in January - and it's been very windy. That said these balls help. My laundry dries faster and it dries with fewer wrinkles. Especially blankets that used to ball up more seem to dry more quickly. And smaller loads or items that are very light and cling to the edge of the dryer - sort of perma pressing themselves flat and actually getting wrinkles in the dryer - seem to come out free of wrinkles because the balls toss the light clothes about, keeping them from clumping. I dab oil on them about every weekend - the time I do laundry - and they give off a pleasant odor, though I cannot say the clothes smell strongly, they do smell clean and fresh. I am very pleased and fully recommend these to others and will order more when these perish, but for the time being they still look like new, no pills or anything. :-)
I purchased a set of the penguins and a set of the sheep design. I’ve been using the sheep design and will be giving the penguins as a gift. I think these are awesome and I’m super happy with the quality and performance.
-Reduce drying time by a good chunk of time (probably 5-10 minutes for a regular load)
-Almost eliminated static from over-drying
-May help clothes remain less wrinkled because it wicks moisture faster and fluffs everything.
-They will get stuck inside clothes or roll away as you unload your laundry. They want to be free.
-They will make the dryer a little bit louder with some thuds, but it's not that big of a deal. Maybe 25% of the sound a pair of shoes would make.
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Much to my surprise, my mum loved them. She said they cut down the drying time and they actually made the clothes less static.
I usually buy dryer sheets at Costco. They work great, but they’re single use and expensive. When I heard how good the penguins are, I decided to also buy a pack and I wasn’t disappointed.
I use all six penguin balls in the dryer at once, mainly because I have larger loads. The balls do make a bit of noise but not to the point of being annoying or unbearable. Plus, my dryer is in the garage so I don’t really hear the dryer anyway. I haven’t tried putting fragrance on the penguins but I understand that you can if you’d like a scent on your clothes.
These are a more sustainable alt restive to single use dryer sheets. They are made from NZ wool and they are made in Nepal (and made very well from what I can tell).
Overall I’m really happy with these (as is my mum). Highly recommended!
I'm pretty sure they're dyed you'd never know it because your clothes stay free of the bits. They're a bit more expensive than other dryer balls but I think the novelty is worth it (I love penguins). Plus I love that they're fair trade.