Are wool dryer balls worth it?

Wool dryer balls are definitely worth it! When you buy our wool dryer balls, you can use them for more than 1,000 loads, and say goodbye to dryer sheets and fabric softeners. Wool dryer balls not only save you money but also provide other benefits, from better health to less environmental pollution. 

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What do wool dryer balls do?

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Wool dryer balls vs. dryer sheets

Wool vs. plastic dryer balls

“While the initial investment might be slightly higher than a box of dryer sheets, the long-term benefits of wool dryer balls are well worth it. They're eco-friendly, energy-efficient, and contribute to softer, fresher laundry. I can't recommend them enough to anyone looking to enhance their laundry routine in a sustainable and effective way. Goodbye, dryer sheets - hello, wool dryer balls!” —JCastro, Amazon verified purchaser (five stars)


Set of 6 Handfelted "Playful Pups" 100% New Zealand Wool Dryer Balls


What do wool dryer balls do?

Wool dryer balls make laundry better in so many ways. Made from 100% New Zealand wool, our dryer balls are so much better than tennis balls, plastic dryer balls, or other types of balls. Here’s what they do:

  • Dryer balls lift and separate clothes as they bounce around, allowing air to circulate. This reduces wrinkles and stops clothes from bunching.
  • The wool fibers absorb and evaporate moisture quickly. Less moisture means less dryer time.
  • Dryer balls smooth the fabric as they tumble, reducing static cling and wrinkles. 

Our natural wool dryer balls are free of added dyes, harmful chemicals, and fragrances—just hypoallergenic wool working its magic.

When drying is done, clothes come out soft, fluffy, and fresh. The fibers even help remove lint and pet hair from fabrics. So, are wool dryer balls worth it? Absolutely! 

What are the benefits of wool dryer balls?

Wool dryer balls offer many advantages over traditional dryer sheets and liquid fabric softeners. They are better for the environment, save money, and keep your clothes looking and feeling their best.

Here are the benefits wool dryer balls have to offer to your laundry routine:

  1. Faster drying time
  2. Softer clothes
  3. Reduce static cling
  4. Eco-friendly
  5. Save money

Faster drying times

Wool dryer balls reduce drying time. They separate laundry items so hot air can circulate more effectively, shortening drying times.

“In the first small load of laundry, with three dryer balls, I was able to cut the drying time in half and the clothes were thoroughly dried, softened, and static-free. With bedding, jackets, and other larger loads of laundry, I was also able to reduce the drying time by half and still had dry, softened, and static-free laundry.” —Smart Sheep wool dryer balls review, This Kind Planet

Softer clothes

These laundry helpers work as a natural fabric softener. They leave your clothes soft and static-free without any harsh chemicals. The gentle tumbling motion helps relax stiff fabrics and fluffs fibers for pillowy softness. Get fresh, soft laundry without all the toxic chemicals in liquid fabric softeners.

Reduced static cling

No more battling stubborn static electricity! Wool dryer balls are nature's static cling solution. As they bounce around the dryer drum, they dissipate static charge buildup. Say goodbye to clingy clothes and static shocks.

Eco-friendly alternative

Wool dryer balls are an all-natural alternative to dryer sheets. They can be reused for hundreds of laundry cycles, cutting down on waste. Plus, no dyes or synthetic fragrances get released into the air.

“These wool dryer balls are a good size and sturdy. It gives me peace of mind knowing that I am helping my family avoid some harmful substances each time I dry our clothes and linens.” —Shawna Ramsey, Amazon verified purchaser (five stars)

Save money

Wool dryer balls are an upfront investment in your laundry. Over time, you'll save money through reuse and shorter drying cycles.

Wool dryer balls vs. dryer sheets

While dryer sheets offer convenience, wool dryer balls are a longer-lasting, sustainable solution for static-free, super-soft laundry without chemicals or waste. Here are some differences between wool dryer balls and dryer sheets:

  • Longevity and cost. Wool dryer balls last hundreds of loads before replacement, while dryer sheets must be purchased continuously. Wool dryer balls are the cheaper option over time.
  • Environmental impact. Dryer sheets are disposable and end up in landfills, contributing to waste. Wool dryer balls are reusable, biodegradable, and eco-friendly overall. 
  • Fragrance. Most dryer sheets contain toxins, including artificial fragrances, that can cause irritation or leave residue on clothes. Wool dryer balls are fragrance-free—they allow your laundry's fresh, natural scent to come through.
  • Static reduction. Dryer balls and dryer sheets can reduce static cling, but wool ballstumble and separate clothing for greater effectiveness.
  • Fabric softening. While dryer sheets use chemicals to artificially soften fabrics, wool dryer balls achieve softness naturally through gentle friction during the drying cycle.

“These [dryer balls] are great at reducing static without needing to use dryer sheets or fabric softener.” —JC, Amazon verified purchaser (five stars)


Set of 6 Handfelted "Playful Pups" 100% New Zealand Wool Dryer Balls


Wool vs. plastic dryer balls

While plastic dryer balls are reusable and reduce dry time, they don't offer the same benefits as wool dryer balls. Plastic lacks the natural fibers that make wool effective at softening fabrics and reducing static.

Wool is a renewable, biodegradable resource, while most plastic dryer balls are made from synthetic materials that contribute to waste. The gentle tumbling motion of wool balls is also safer for delicate clothing than the harder impacts of plastic balls.

Wool also absorbs moisture during the drying cycle; plastic balls don’t. This wicking ability lets wool speed up drying times even further.

Wool is hypoallergenic and doesn't release microplastics or other particles that could compromise indoor air quality. For an eco-friendly fabric-softening solution, wool dryer balls are superior to their plastic alternatives.

Wool dryer balls FAQ

How many wool dryer balls per load do I need?

Here are some general rules that should help you judge how many wool dryer balls to use per laundry load.

  • For small to medium loads, 3–4 balls should get the job done.
  • For larger loads, you can use 5–8 balls.
  • For extra-large loads, go as high as 9–12 balls.

Do wool dryer balls make a difference?

Wool dryer balls reduce drying time, soften clothes, and minimize static. They're a sustainable alternative to single-use products such as dryer sheets and a smart choice for eco-conscious laundry routines.

How do you recharge wool dryer balls?

To recharge wool dryer balls, wash them in hot water with our eco-friendly laundry strips. Dry on high heat to re-felt the fibers. This restores their effectiveness and fresh scent.

Do dryer balls really save energy?

Dryer balls separate wet laundry and improve air circulation. This action reduces drying time. The result is shorter cycles and lower energy consumption. Dryer balls are an energy-efficient choice for your laundry routine.

Are wool dryer balls healthier than traditional dryer sheets?

Wool dryer balls are a healthy choice. Made from natural materials, they don't contain harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances found in many dryer sheets. This reduces the risk of skin irritation and allergic reactions.

What type of dryer balls is the best?

High-quality wool dryer balls reduce drying time, softening clothes, and minimizing static. As a sustainable, long-lasting option made from natural materials, they outperform plastic and rubber dryer balls.

What can I do with my old dryer balls?

When your wool dryer balls show signs of wear, repurpose them. Use them as pet toys, garden mulch, or compost. Their biodegradable nature means they can be safely repurposed or thrown away.

How can I use dryer balls?

Wool dryer balls are an easy way to soften clothes. Here's how to use wool dryer balls:

  1. Toss 3–6 balls into the dryer with wet clothes. Use more balls for larger loads.
  2. Add a few drops of essential oil to the balls for a favorite scent.
  3. Set the dryer to a normal cycle (No special settings are needed.).
  4. When dry, remove balls and reuse. They last for 1,000+ loads.
  5. To minimize wrinkles, put a ball back in and tumble clothes for 5–10 minutes.

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