Hey, Everybody, it’s me, Margaret! Strange lighting in my laundry room because my main lights are out so I have a lamp over here but I’ve got you in the laundry room because there’s something that I want to show you. These things stay in my dryer all the time. Dryer Balls. So let’s talk about these for a second. These were sent to me by a company called Mountain Meadow Wool. And… when I first opened them, I thought to
myself “Dryer balls… hmmm… is this an old wives’ tale?” You know, I’ve heard about this for ages. even before Pinterest because it’s all over Pinterest. about using dryer balls to cut your energy costs and drying time and make your clothes softer. And… before Pinterest you heard these same tips from “Hints from Heloise” (if anybody remembers that). she started as an article in the newspaper and it became
syndicated and then she wrote books without her household hints in it and
everything but the problem — what she suggested doing was throwing tennis balls in the dryer and, um… that just never appealed to me. you know… beating up my clothes and you know tennis balls have those rubberized edges uh, seams I guess they are in there, and I was like, “Um, no, that didn’t seem to make sense on my clothes.” I didn’t want to do that. so I just always “poo-pooed” the idea of dryer balls and never thought much about it. So these come along. And they came inside this bag. So look at this bag and it’s made of certified organic cotton and I think if
anybody watches my videos, they know I’m all into organics – get rid of the chemicals I’m a big recycler… have been for years before it was cool. Back when you had to actually take your
recycling some place because there wasn’t such a thing as curbside recycling but anyway… the company began to endear itself to me so I
started doing a little bit research now first of all, you look at the claims made by Mountain Meadow Wool about dryer balls and it says it can reduce your drying time from 25 to 50 percent so I want to know if this was true… about the drying time and whatever so I thought, “I will have a
scientific experiment.” so I set up two loads of laundry. Equal amounts. The same types and sizes of towels. Hand towels, wash cloths and then I put the first load in and I set the dryer and… I totally did not hear the finish buzzer go off. So that blew that. So I said, “Let me go ahead and try the second load. If that works, I’ll do a third.” And no… I did not hear the dryer buzzer and it totally blew my scientific experiment.
“Well, believe it or not, I forgot again. I didn’t hear it again. And look! I checked on it at I’m in it in and taken to the end and
it’s really return however… before I knew the claim was to
make it softer Look at this: I’ll tell you something else that’s really strange that is, the towels dried with the balls are considerably
softer than the towels dried without the balls. The exact same towel sets bought at the exact same time so I don’t know if they claim it makes it
softer Or not, but it does. So by this time, I’m really intrigued with dryer balls so I’m
really put them to the test. Again, if you watch videos for any length of time, you know that we were selling another house and moved
all that stuff home. We had linens, towels, bedspreads,
everything that we needed to wash and put up and decide if we were going to keep keep and sell and all that kind of stuff. And, uh.. we had massive amounts of washing to do. And I put these dryer balls to the test. And I was really, really liking them! But I still thought to myself, “OK. From Mountain Meadow Wool these things are $25. What about those inexpensive ones you can buy from Walmart or Bed, Bath and Beyond or some places you can see out there?”
Uh, I hate to be the skeptic but I was really you know, trying to determine if I can get
away with a cheaper alternative. Alright, first and foremost plastic is heavy.
These are extremely light. As a matter fact, Thomas asked if he could
learn to juggle with these and these would be wonderful things to do that with but plastic is heavy and you’re actually… I don’t know… It just felt like it was going to pull on my clothes or… you know… that was what I was thinking up in my mind. Now the way work to dry the clothes is that they are bouncing around in there and it spreads to clothes out and
therefore you don’t have big… your clothes are not stuck together in clumps going around in the dryer. which make sense when you shop think
that but the plastic itself was just very heavy
and I thought just something doesn’t sound right to me. Must
be tougher on you clothes especially because these spikes on most of them which I thought was kinda strange. Another thing that plastic can’t do is, they can’t absorb moisture. Now here’s another trick for drying your
clothes faster and that is to put a dry towel in with your wet clothes. And what happens is it disperses some of the moisture. That, that towel was dry and it gets a little wet because
its mixed with the damp therefore it’s sort of taking the moisture from those
clothes and then you have a, you know, a lighter dampness instead of a sopping wet… it’s all spread and dispersed. Same principle with this. These are bouncing around spreading those clothes out. They’re made of fabric and therefore that will absorb
a little that moisture and the whole process works. It’s, you know, I never
thought about that. OK, you’re also talking chemical-free.
This is made from scraps uh, from they’re mill. And I love the fact
that there’s no waste. They, uh… put it to good use! Now so this is made from scraps (that’s a
good, ecological type thing) and its natural so there are no chemicals in the this. So… right then and
there that’s a benefit! Plastic when heated will give off even more chemicals. This is why you’re not supposed to put plastic in your microwave to heat your soup or whatever. You should always, if, if you have any of that… I’ve gotten rid of all my plastic (just about all my plastic. I have a little, uh, Tupperware) but you can get a glass thing with a cover to store your stuff in your refrigerator
and that can go heating in the microwave but you never wanna add heat to plastic
because it releases chemicals and do you want all that on your clothes? Uh, the plastic will eventually wear down due to the heat and moisture over, over, and over again. Then you’ll have to throw them away These, and I loved this, says “Directions: Toss 3 dryer balls into the dryer. They last until you lose them.” So they don’t wear down! And I kind of laughed about the losing thing but I did lose one! and I got really nervous. One of them got stuck in my husband’s workout shorts pocket.
I looked everywhere! You would think in a fitted sheet it might tuck itself into there but I mean, I looked EVERYWHERE for
that thing and then one day my husband ‘Uh, found it!” Okay, here’s something that
I love. If you love a good smelling things and
you’re trying to avoid chemicals, as I am, essential oils are really your best option. And if you want
to add smell instead of a dryer sheet, what you would do
is put a couple drops of essential oils on your wool and then
you’ve got the good smell you know, it doesn’t stain, it’s… it’s the
solution to the problem. So in the long run these are actually more economical.
So obviously I’m sold on dryer balls now. These don’t leave my dryer. Only reason they’re out of the dryer now
I so I can tell you about them! And the only negative that I can say is that they don’t help reduce static but I need to throw this in there: There is (and I learned this years ago) that dryer sheets really are not good for the clothes and they’re not good for the dryer. They have… whatever that plastic is… it’s a… a waxy type substance to keep the product on sheet as opposed to like a liquid
fabric softener, whatever it is, it coats the inside
of the dryer and coats your lint screen. I read this ages ago. It was a Consumer Reports article if I remember
correctly and they said NOT to use dryer sheets because uh, you end up increasing your drying time
because the lint trap screen fills with this plastic-y stuff and doesn’t allow the flow air very well. And so they suggested not using it at all. And of course, I couldn’t give it up, “Oh, no!” So Oh! And they also said you could probably go for quite a while without using anything because the amount that now has coated the inside of your dryer. So, because I couldn’t go without them, I had adopted the technique of just ripping one in half and using half a dryer sheet and that was all I ever needed and and it worked fine but
um… if you have not; if you never knew about
this or whatever; you probably do need to take your dryer lint screen out submerge it in very hot soapy water, get a brush, toothbrush
or something and scrub to get that build-up off. Um…Anyway whether you choose to adopt
dryer balls or not you need to do that on a regular basis. It can also can increase the risk of a fire. They also tell you dryer sheets are bad for that is tech
shirts, you know that are suppose to dry quickly and everything uh… because it coats the shirts and so
therefore you don’t have the ability for the moisture to flow
out quickly and so that’s another negative. So I’m racking up all these pros in the “pro and con” column the only con I can come up with is that
they are not anti-static. I will tell you that I have tried these out for months now and I am just now beginning to see static because that how much build-up I must have had in my dryer from the dryer sheets that’s a little scary. So in
conclusion as you can probably see an 100 percent
converted and I’m not going back to dryer sheet
usage anymore. So, uh… Mountain Meadow Wool wool dryer balls Go check ’em out!

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Dennis Veasley

58 thoughts on “Wool Dryer Balls Convert!”

  1. I want to get some! I'll have to wait. Thanks for this video I'm off to go scrub the lint screen now! No one ever taught me that so thank you!

  2. I haven't tried it myself, but I've heard that tossing an aluminum foil ball into your dryer while it's running can help reduce static.

  3. Unfortunately not all dryers have removeable lint screens. The ones in my apartment don't.You have to reach down into the bottom front of the dryer and scrape the lint out. It's quite ridiculous. Whoever invented that…what were you thinking?

  4. If you use dryer sheets (I use have each time), you should wash your screens at least once a month.  You can test them to see how much build-up there is by running them under water.  The water will puddle up on there instead or straining through… time to clean.

  5. Ordered some and told them you sent me! I could probably make these but want to spin the wool I have not felt it!

  6. I tried those blue plactic ones before but I aslo do not use my dryer unless im stuck,laundry on the line for me:)

  7. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! I have been Very skeptical lately about using dryer sheets, and now am convinced.They also make my cleaning rags for work less absorbent, along with leaving a film on glass and mirrors, which should nit happen with Microfiber Rags. I'm ordering these! 😀 Margaret, you're awesome!

  8. Thanks for the tip Margaret. Ordered here in the UK from Amazon and should be delivered later today. Let's give them a try!

  9. I made my wool balls and i ended throw them because they left fibers on the clothes. My boys love black clothes. Are those leave fibers on your clothes?

  10. Great advertisement for dryer balls. I made my own and have used the same ones for the last 2 years. I love watching you and whatever you endorse I usually buy! You are such an enabler! Tamie in Ohio

  11. Some man came with to our knitting group he brought wool balls he made. He never came back. I've lost my crochet knitting mojo. Hope you have more time soon I need inspiration

  12. Wow Margaret!! Thanks. You deserve an award from the fire department now that hundreds are cleaning their lint screens. Dryer sheets make me itch so I use liquid most of the time or nothing on towels and fleece. I did have the blue plastic but they began to disintegrate so I tossed them. Crumbling the foil now! Lol

  13. Great review Margaret!!  I am now going to go check out Mountain Meadow Wool Mill!!  Thanks for all the great tips and hints that you share with us – and always with that beautiful smile on your face:)  -Grace

  14. 🙋🏻I JUST ORDER !!! Love you …. You Are super …thank you for being you!! God bless you & your beautiful family!! 💞

  15. Use white vinegar in place of the liquid softener also you can put a washcloth dampened w vinegar to help with the static

  16. I too use the dryer balls. As for the static cling throw a ball of aluminum foil into the dryer. Don't ask me to explain how it works but it does.. give it a try but although it doesn't have chemicals like the dryer sheets I worry sometimes about the heat releasing some kind of chemical from the foil heating up. I have heard about vinegar as well for eliminating static. You can simply spray a clean washcloth, sock, or precut a piece of cloth or any other garment with vinegar (why not the wool ball?). Now this is sprayed not saturated so the smell should dissipate. This item is then tossed into the dryer with everything else. The vinegar in the dryer will keep static down and remember, the vinegar smell will be gone once things are dry.

  17. I bet if you didn't have those dryer balls you could use an old organic wool sweater that you didn't want anymore and it would do the same thing. I've been doing the same thing you do for years. I put a dry towel in the the dryer to speed up the drying process. Happy drying!

  18. I saw a video on how to make your own wool balls do you think there's a difference between homemade ones and Mountain meadow.

  19. I watched this video and went to my first fiber festival on Saturday. The first thing I saw when I walked in was dryer balls. Yep I got some. Woohoo!! I hate laundry but couldn't want to do my laundry when I got home. Lol. Thanks so much for this review!

  20. Dana from Utah…oh yes these dryer balls are so great    don't have it any, yet, but I do use tennis balls when I am felting …throw in jeans and boy you get some great felting the old sweater.   🙂     love your vids and sweet spirit.

  21. Ive been looking at laundry hacks today, and found this video. I lovvve your channel. Sincerely. I am subscribed and watching more videos. If you ever want to do a collab, I would love to do one with you. Did they help with static cling?

  22. to reduce static you need to lessen the drying time. I sell wool dryer balls and they are Awesome! http://www.norwex.biz/publicstore/event/1175838/AM/product/Fluff-and-Tumble-Dryer-Balls,1126,200.aspx

  23. I don't use chemicals or scents if I possibly can. Haven't use dryer sheets or fabric softener in about 30 years. I use white vinegar in the rinse cycle to cut down on static cling – it's not perfect meaning 100 percent static free but cuts down a lot. I'm allergic to wool but still intrigued by the wool balls. Perhaps, if I don't touch them I can use them.

  24. I love your video! And I love my dryer balls. Thanks for looking into the details. Have you ever used essential oils on your dryer balls. I have partnered with a great company with pure essential oils. Have you heard of doTERRA? What do you know about essential oils? I think you would really like the value of doTERRA oils!!!! 🙂

  25. Margaret, have you tried some white vinegar on a washcloth in your dryer load? I've heard it helps with static. I will try and let you know, too.

  26. so have you found a remedy for the static??? Its the only thing holding me back.. also have you tried the crystal wash balls???

  27. i have a question about these dryer balls. do the balls themselves create lint that sticks to your clothes??

  28. Great review! Tip: if you use 1/2 cup of vinegar in your rinse cycle, you will reduce static by quite a bit. Also, if you'd rather, you can add a couple more dryer balls in your dryer that are made of aluminum foil. Just crumple some foil into a tight ball, about the size of a tennis ball. Place the foil ball into the toe of an old sock. Tie it off very tightly with a piece of cotton twine. The metal foil will reduce static really well. The only downside I've seen from using the foil balls is that after a few months, they shrink down to the size of a grape and need to be replaced. I just made my first set of wool dryer balls today and can't wait to try them out! 🙂

  29. Thank you for this review. I made my own, added orange essential oils. Talk about another toxic effect! When I'm outside in my yard the air is filled with the smell of other's dryer sheets from their dryer venting to the outside from my neighbors ! You have beautiful skin, make up and hair! Would you do a tutorial on your skin regimen?

  30. I was using these and my laundry started to smell bad after a while. I stopped using them and went back to dryer sheets…. Any suggestions why this would have happened? How do you use essential oils on the wool dryer balls to give a scene to the cloths?

  31. The balls drive me NUTS, as they roll all over the floor when I pull the laundry out. They also hide in the dry laundry itself. They make Extra work and Im not impressed enough with softness or with supposed quicker drying time.

  32. Thank you so much for this review! I think I'm going to send some to my daughter at college!!! Of course those dryers are terrible and one hour doesn't do the trick. So she has to run it a second time and spend another $1.50! Wasting money and ruining your clothes is all that does!! This just might do the trick and dry her clothes in one run!!!!

  33. There is one negative to the wool dryer balls. The cats love to kill them…! I made several for my son & gave them to him in a bag. When he took them home, he put them on his desk. His cat found them and kept stealing them. I had to make a set just for the cat. While I was at it, I made one for my cat and she loves to kill it too. LOL! 😂

  34. I have a wool allergy, but this looks like a great option because I try to use as many natural priducts as possible. My skin also reacts to direct exposure to chemicals so finding detergent has been awful. I don't even use fabric softener anymore- prefer scratchy clothes with holes in them over hives and rashes!

  35. Using white vinegar in the dryer is another great trick for eliminating static. You can simply spray a dryer ball, clean washcloth, sock, pre-cut piece of cloth, or any other garment with vinegar. This item is then tossed into the dryer with everything else. The vinegar in the dryer will keep static down – and remember, the vinegar smell will be gone once things are dry.

  36. We have been using wool dryer balls for a little over a year now and we LOVE them. We are curing back as many chemicals as we can from our house and they have been a laundry game changer. Cutting out the dryer sheets has also improved the irrigation of my very sensitive skin. We also use essential oils on our dryer balls and WOW our clothes smell way fresher than they used to and they are fresher for longer.

  37. I tried the tennis balls for a pillow. I hated the smell. Nixed the entire concept.
    Thanks for a new perspective. I’m totally getting these 🙂

  38. I had horrible static and after trying everything else I finally tried the dryer balls and the static is completely gone. It’s so nice to finally not have my clothes cling to me or to get shocked by everything!!!

  39. I liked the concept of these, but my machine's sensor kept going until the balls were dry too, so they ended up becoming cat toys! Pricewise, I got 'good' ones cheaply, and I think I saw some on Aliexpress at a bargain price, in case you're interested. Glad you've used them fruitfully.
    Love your idea of using them as a vehicle for essential oils. Apart from being made of plastic, dryer sheets are chemically.

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