I long ago gave up using dryer sheets. There seemed to be too many environmental reasons as to why they’re not a good choice. Plus, I really never liked the smell. They were too overly fragrant for my taste.
I didn’t substitute anything for them. I dried my clothes without them. This worked fine most of the time, but occasionally static would cause some things to stick together when I would take out my clothes. Nothing big, just a minor nuisance.
I started seeing wool dryer balls popping up about five years ago, but as I wasn’t feeling that negatively impacted by my dryer sheet free laundry routine, I didn’t do follow up until recently when I learned that there was a manufacturer right here in Maine – LooHoo Wool Dryer Balls. Who doesn’t want to support a local company named after Cindy Lou Who of Dr. Seuss fame?
Some of the advertised benefits of the LooHoo Wool Dryer Balls include:
Reduce Drying Time
I’d like to add one more thing to the benefits list. Wool dryer balls are pretty and add a touch of beauty to the laundry room. But, it was the energy savings that motivated me to finally try them. I love the idea of reducing the time I spend drying clothes and saving on electricity. It’s better for me and for the environment.
The LooHoo website outlines the companies core values including using only domestic wool and a commitment to the local economy with all product and manufacturing of the wool dryer balls done in Maine.
A couple of tips if using these for the first time,
- You’ll need a basket or other container to hold the balls when you’re changing over the laundry. At first I tried to gingerly take the laundry out while working around the dryer balls but had a few experiences where the balls rolled across my basement floor. Now, I take them out as I remove the laundry and put them in a basket. When I’m ready for the next load, I pop them back in.
- I started with one pack of three, and it really wasn’t enough. Their website has a great chart on how many you need depending on load size. Three is good for a small load. I haven’t had a small load of laundry since before I had kids. For medium loads, they recommend five and for large loads nine. I picked up another pack so now I’m up to six which is working better but I might need to get one more.
- They sometimes end up in sleeves or other clothes so keep an eye as you take out the laundry. I had one mysteriously disappear and show up on my kitchen counter a few weeks later. I suspect it was put away with some one’s clean clothes by accident although I never did find out.
If you’d like to learn more about this Maine based company, Cyndi Prince, the founder of LooHoo, was featured on a recent episode of the Love Maine Radio podcast #274 Maine Suds.
In addition to the dryer balls, they make wool pet toys and eggs. You can buy LooHoo Wool Dryer Balls at many retailers throughout the country including Whole Foods which is where I picked up my set. The cost was $19.99 for a set of three wool dryer balls. You can also buy them from the LooHoo website.
Have you ever tried LooHoo Wool Dryer Balls? Do you have any tricks for saving energy in the laundry room?
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