When I first became vegetarian I was what I like to call a “Peanut Butter and Jelly Vegetarian” – you decide to eliminate meat (for whatever reason) and realize that most things you are used to eating have “meat” in some form or another – chicken stock, animal fat, gelatin – it’s pretty overwhelming and it can feel like nothing is safe to eat anymore… except peanut butter and jelly sammies! I remember the first day I consciously eliminated meat from my diet, I went out to a restaurant and ordered potato soup, which arrived smothered in bacon and most likely made with chicken stock… yeah. I gave in and decided to eliminate meat starting the next day.
That experience prompted me to do research into what had meat in it that I didn’t realize and among the surprising results I stumbled across the fact that most dryer sheets used animal fats to coat your clothing with the softening agents and scent! EW! Through the years of trying to do my best to be mindful of my family’s consumption of animal-derived products I have researched alternatives to using dryer sheets in our home. Liquid fabric softeners can be a good alternative in many cases and Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Dryer Sheets use paper, natural essential oils, and vegetable-derived softening agents. Currently my favorite option is using wool dryer balls… and here’s why!
- Shorten drying time
- Long Lasting
- Cut down on spending
- Reduce wrinkles
- Softens laundry while drying
- Chemical free
- Fragrance free
- If fragrance is preferred can be naturally scented with essential oils
Claims are wool dryer balls can cut your laundry drying time in half – I have seen an overall significant reduction in drying time, but I’m not totally sold on the “cut in half” part; the exception to this for me is when it comes to bed sheets. The drying time in this case is cut by half or even more! The wool balls make drying more efficient because they circulate and separate the clothing and ensure the warm dry air flows throughout the laundry load. When it comes to bed sheets this means no more pockets of wetness due to tangled up sheets. More balls can equal faster the drying time; I use 3 for small loads and up to 6 for larger loads. My laundry is soft because of the gentle friction of the felted wool fibers against the fabric. And last but not least, wool dryer balls are long lasting – I’m talking YEARS!
I prefer unscented clothing for myself and my preschooler because of my allergies to perfumes and dyes and his life-long battle with eczema, but all you have to do is add 3-4 drops of your chosen essential oils to each wool ball to last 2 to 4 loads to have wonderfully (and naturally) scented clothing, linens, or towels. I have a girlfriend who prefers not to use them because she says she’s crazy about static and doesn’t feel wool dryer balls eliminate enough, but if you also find yourself loving this product as much as I do, you never really have to buy a different fabric softener product again!
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