The folks at Woolzies had perfect timing when they asked A Green Routine to review and give away their product. One weekend I was in a store looking at a box of a plastic dryer balls wondering if they worked and, even if they did, were they the most eco-friendly option? The product went back on the shelf. A few days later, we got an email from Woolzies asking us to test their eco-friendly wool dryer balls and give a set away to one lucky reader. We jumped at the chance and have been testing the product for two months.
First, we’ll tell you about the product. Then, we’ll let you know how to enter to win a free box of Woolzies dryer balls!
They’re balls of 100% New Zealand wool that go in the dryer with your clothes. Woolizes are primarily marketed as an all-natural fabric softener, but they also cut down on drying time and reduce static. They’re hypoallergenic and even safe for people with wool sensitivities as they will not shed onto your laundry, according to the company.
Chemicals used in conventional dryer sheets emit toxins into the air and onto your clothes which can then be absorbed through your skin. Woolzies are made of wool so they are chemical-free.
A bunch of Woolzies bouncing around your dryer will also separate clothes, allowing air to flow more freely. This reduces drying time, which saves energy and money. The company says the product can reduce drying time up to 25%.
Woolizes last for 1,000 loads before they need to be replaced.
I’ve been using Woolzies instead of natural dryer sheets for about two months and, yes, they do work. My clothes dry faster (at least 15% faster according to my non-scientific calculations) and they come out of the dryer static-free. I’ll give Woolzies points for softness too. I never used a fabric softener but my sheets and towels have felt softer since I started using them.
While we were given this set of Woolzies to test and review, we would never recommend a product we wouldn’t buy ourselves. So the big question is, would I buy Woolzies with money out of my own pocket? I can still get more than 900 loads of laundry out of my current set, but if I had to choose today to buy another set of the natural dryer sheets I was using or Woolzies, I would choose Woolzies. They perform three helpful tasks – reducing dry time, reducing static, softening fabric – in one product and the per load cost is the same as the product I had been using.
Plus, Woolzies are completely handmade by women in Nepal who receive a steady source of income from making the product. It’s nice to know they’re employing people who can use the income instead of machines. Eli Feuer, the president of Soft By Nature, the company that makes Woolzies, informed me via email that company is working toward a fair trade certification as well. A fair trade certification would recognize the company’s commitment to producing the product in an environmentally and socially responsible way.
Enter to win a box of Woolzies using the application below. To be eligible to win you must like Woolzies on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. All of the other options are just that, optional, but you’ll get extra points for each one and increase your chance of winning. Good luck!
UPDATE 9/3/13: Congratulations to our winner Rod J. and thank you to everyone who entered. If you’d like your own set of Woolzie’s, you can buy them on Amazon.