6-Pack Original 100% Wool Dryer Balls

Set of 6 Handfelted Original White 100% New Zealand Wool Dryer Balls

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  • The balls that started it all! This set includes 6 of our original white dryer balls
  • 100% New Zealand wool dryer balls (Large size about 71 mm)
  • Made in Nepal by women and minorities paid a living wage
  • Shortens drying time (use 3 balls for small/med load, 5-6 for large)
  • Softens laundry naturally (great for those with sensitive skin & babies)
  • Lasts for thousands of loads, replaces dryer sheets, saves money
  • Makes a fabulous gift

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I put my fave essential oil on one designated ball for fragrance and the woolleys soften clothes.
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Soooo much better than dryer sheets. Never going back. Great and ethical store as well.

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Why the Smart Sheep Brand?

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Dryer balls manufactured through ethical fair trade practices in Nepal

Provides well-paying job opportunities for marginalized Women in Kathmandu

Inspected and packaged by moms working flexible hours in the U.S.

We only use high-quality, New Zealand wool, humanely sourced (no bleach!)

Wool Dryer Balls FAQ

What are wool dryer balls and how do they work?

Wool dryer balls are a natural fabric softener made from 100% organic wool. When you place them in your dryer, they create space for hot air to circulate more effectively. This helps dry clothes faster, thus saving time and energy. Wool balls replace dryer sheets and are a more sustainable choice, as they are reusable for hundreds of washes.

Are your wool dryer balls scented?

Our wool dryer balls are unscented. Buy our essential oil spray to make them smell like lavender or citrus.

How does using wool dryer balls impact the drying cycle?

Using wool dryer balls in your dry cycle aids in shortening drying time by allowing hot air to circulate more freely around your laundry. This also means your laundry will dry quicker. Though some may find that dryer balls create a lot of noise in the dryer, the benefits of energy efficiency and their natural fabric-softening properties often outweigh this minor inconvenience.

How many wool dryer balls do I need for a cycle?

The number of wool dryer balls needed for a cycle depends on the size of your laundry load. For small to regular-sized loads, three balls are sufficient. For large loads, 6-8 balls, and for extra large loads, as many as 8-12 balls.

Can you use tennis balls as dryer balls?

You can use tennis balls in your dryer, they are much louder than wool dryer balls and are less effective. Nothing can compare to our wool dryer balls.

How can you recharge dryer balls?

Restore your dryer balls by placing them in hot water on a gentle cycle and drying them in the dryer. This will regenerate the wool and recharge them.

What are Wool Dryer Balls?

Wool dryer balls are about the size of a softball and are made from the finest New Zealand wool. They are a more sustainable option than conventional fabric softeners and dryer sheets. They reduce drying time, eliminate static, and soften clothes. Drying time is reduced, and clothes are left soft and fluffy thanks to the dryer balls' massaging effect on the fibers as they bounce around inside.

Save money and have zero waste by using wool dryer balls instead of single-use dryer sheets. They're also gentle on sensitive skin and free from synthetic fragrances and dyes.

Plus, you can spray them with our essential oil spray to make your laundry come out of the dryer smelling fantastic.

Shop our full collection of wool dryer balls to see all the cute types we have for you.

Benefits of Wool Dryer Balls

Our wool dryer balls are 100% natural, non-toxic, and make your clothes soft. From reducing drying time and saving energy to replacing fabric softener and dryer sheets, these little woolen powerhouses are here to transform how you do laundry. 

Let’s see what benefits wool dryer balls have to offer.

Accelerate Drying Time

Wool dryer balls could speed up your drying process by a whopping 25%. These wooly wonders absorb surplus moisture and create air pockets between your laundry items. The result is a quicker drying time thanks to improved airflow in the dryer.

Reduce Wrinkles

Wool dryer balls work their magic by keeping your clothes moving and preventing them from sticking to the dryer's sides. This enhanced tumble action means fewer wrinkles.

Quieter Operation

Wool dryer balls are superior to tennis balls or plastic dryer balls because they create less noise and rattle in the dryer. Tennis balls do not have the same level of softness, static reduction, or drying time efficiency as wool dryer balls. They may also be too harsh for delicate fabrics, causing damage or pilling.

No Unwanted Fragrance

Our wool dryer balls are unscented and ideal for those with allergies, asthma, or sensitivity to fragrances. If you do miss that fresh laundry smell, you can still add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

Environmentally Friendly

Our wool dryer balls are crafted from renewable, natural wool, promoting sustainability. Their ability to reduce drying time leads to significant energy savings and decreases carbon emissions. Unlike disposable dryer sheets, which contribute to landfill waste, these wool balls last up to 1,000 loads and are biodegradable at the end of their lifespan. By replacing chemical-based fabric softeners or dryer sheets, they prevent harmful substances from entering water systems, thus safeguarding aquatic ecosystems.

Absolutely Adorable

Last but not least, these little wonders are adorable. Whether you opt for smiling sheep, playful pups, or marching penguins, you'll get a cuteness overload while improving your laundry routine.

How to Use Wool Dryer Balls

Dryer balls are super easy to use.

  1. Toss your dryer balls in with your wet laundry. Dryer balls need space to bounce around and circulate air, so don’t overfill the dryer.
  2. Close the door and start the dryer.
  3. Keep an eye on your laundry because the drying time will be shorter than it would be without dryer balls.
  4. Take your clothes out of the dryer and store the balls somewhere dry to avoid dampness and odors.

For fresh-smelling clothes, spritz your dryer balls with our Anti-Static Scenting Spray for the ultimate in freshness. Or, create an essential oil blend of your choice.

How Long Do Wool Dryer Balls Last

Wool dryer balls last up to 1,000 laundry cycles. This means that each ball should serve you for nearly three years if you're running your dryer daily. 

Store your wool dryer balls properly to prolong their life. They should be kept in a cool, dry place when not in use. Ensure that they are completely dry before storing them to prevent mold or mildew.