Set of 6 Original Smart Sheep 100% Premium New Zealand Wool Dryer Balls (no fillers, don't settle for knock-offs, we strive to stay ahead of competition by offering exceptional quality and customer service)
Softens Laundry Naturally--- No Chemicals or Synthetics Used (great for those with sensitive skin & babies)
Shortens Drying Time (use 3 balls for small/med load, 5-6 for large)
Extra-Large (larger than a tennis ball,) Handmade, Eco-friendly, Saves Energy
Lasts for a Thousand-Plus Loads, Replaces Dryer Sheets & Liquid Fabric Softeners, Saves Money. (A healthy, petroleum-free alternative to plastic dryer steamer balls)
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This is my first set of wool dryer balls; they replaced a set of cracking plastic balls that were shedding their nubbins. I've been using these for nearly two months now and I'm very pleased with them.
I read an embarrassingly high number of reviews for various wool dryer balls before ordering these. Several brands seemed similar in quality, so eventually it came down to price and these were the winner. No regrets or disappointments! This set is an excellent value, especially compared to the competition.
I never use dryer sheets, so I can't compare the wool balls to those. However, versus plastic dryer balls, they triumph in every category that matters to me: - Reduced drying time/increased fluffing. The wool balls are larger (in terms of solid surface area) and denser than any plastic ball I've used, which seemingly causes them to be more efficiently distributed while tumbling, resulting in loads that dry faster and more evenly. - Quieter (in terms of hitting the drum). No more loud banging! - Gentler on fabrics (no nubbins). - Reduced static cling. Static is now eliminated for nearly all of my loads, which happened far less often with the plastic balls. - Handmade out of natural material. Since they are 100% wool, you aren't left wondering about any nasty chemicals.
Before ordering, I worried about whether they'd shed and cause lint on darks, but that has not been the case. They don't seem shed--if they do, the fibers must end up in the lint trap because they thankfully are not on my clothes.
Out of the package, they smelled a bit odd (hard to describe--sort of a concentrated wool scent), but that dissipated quickly and did not transfer to the laundry. I no longer notice a smell (which disappeared without the use of essential oils as I have not yet tried adding any to the balls).
They seem very durable and I anticipate them cycling through many more loads. Happy drying!
I had serious doubts about the effectiveness of wool dryer balls but I now love them. I dried my polar fleece sheets today and they came out static-free, odor-free, and the fluffiest they have ever been. (Polar fleece sheets are like thin fleece blankets or flannel sheets on steroids.) I discovered a wealth of information about static control on the Internet so I used 1/2 cup of vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser of the washer and then 2 safety pins clipped to the sheet in the dryer. I've since learned to use 4 safety pins on a piece of fabric and leave it in the dryer with the balls so I don't have to put pins into something for every dryer load. The metal of the pins discharges the electricity. The vinegar helps to fluff and reduce static.
Another tip I just read about to reduce static is to sprinkle 1/4 to 1/2 cup of baking soda over the clothes in the washer prior to starting the washer. Baking soda effectively creates a barrier around each garment, preventing negative and positive charges from building up and causing the garments to stick together or to themselves. Another tip is to throw a damp washcloth into the dryer - switch the dryer to the lowest heat setting for the last 10 minutes and throw a clean, mildly damp washcloth or towel into the machine for the remainder of the cycle. Electrical charges are more likely to build up when the air becomes excessively dry. Adding a damp washcloth to the end of the drying cycle prevents the air inside the machine from becoming too dry. Another tip - don't overdry!
The odd thing is the polar fleece sheets came out feeling the softest they've ever been (thank you dryer balls and vinegar!). When I folded them, I could hear the static sparks but the material didn't cling or act staticy. So even though there obviously was static, I didn't see "static behavior." And I did overdry them.
I'm most happy about the dryer balls because I like unscented clothes, sheets, etc. These balls had no odor when I received them (others have said they had an odor). I really like NOT using chemically scented dryer sheets! And after seeing how fluffy my sheets came out, I'm really happy. I washed and dried thick cotton towels (Kirkland from Costco) a few days ago and was surprised how soft they were. These balls have passed all my tests with flying colors.
I searched the Internet and saw a wide variety of wool balls at different prices. I think 6 balls for this price is a great bargain. They're an excellent size - a bit larger than a tennis ball. I measured one ball and it was 9 inches around so it's 2.86 inches diameter.
UPDATE 11/23/16 - I'm still using these balls and still very happy with my static-free laundry. I'm still adding 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser of my old top loading non-HE washer. I also add 1/4 cup of Epsom salts (purchased in bulk at Costco for a great price - as is the vinegar!) directly into the water with the detergent prior to adding the clothes. I have no idea if these additional measure add any additional anti-static measures. These balls are fantastic and it's a relief to have odor-free and static-free laundry! I'm still over-loading the washer and dryer and they're still effective at eliminating static and fluffing what needs to be fluffed.
$17 worth of trash. I used these 1 time and they turned into wool balls that had shed its skin and pulled off lint from my Amazon basics hand towels. and when I tried to return them, they are not eligible for return.