Natural Alternative to Dryer Sheets

What if you could have an easy, inexpensive natural alternative to dryer sheets? You’d be one step closer to a frugal, natural lifestyle, that’s for sure. I recently posted about my one-ingredient, homemade natural laundry detergent and now I’m sharing how I keep it completely natural in the laundry room with my solution to toxic dryer sheets.

As I’ve made the transition to a natural and less toxic lifestyle, one of my conventional indulgences has been dryer sheets.  I love the way they make my clothes feel and smell.  I’ve tried fragrance-free dryer sheets but recently discovered that even fragrance-free dryer sheets contain toxins.  I decided to get serious about it and search for a natural alternative to dryer sheets.  There is no reason to continue to add to my family’s toxic load from sources that I can control!

As I researched, one option continued to pop up over and over.  Wool dryer balls seemed to be a natural-living must-have in the laundry room.  I purchased some and have been very pleased with the results.  I have now replaced dryer sheets and fabric softeners with the natural alternative of wool dryer balls!

How Do Wool Dryer Balls Work?

Wool dryer balls are felted and their gentle friction against your clothing as they toss in the dryer softens the clothing.  In addition, the dryer balls lift the clothes, getting heat below and between the clothing, resulting in faster drying!  

With as much laundry as I have, I almost always do large loads.  I use six dryer balls per load.  Of course, the dryer balls are reusable, which is one of the benefits of using them.  They save money!

If you’re like me and miss the scent of dryer sheets, you can add a drop of pure essential oils to each dryer ball.  I like Purification, Citrus Fresh and Joy.  

Do Wool Dryer Balls Really Work?

If you’re like me, knowing how dryer balls work is a different question than knowing if they really work. In my experience, they really do work great for lessening drying time and softening clothes as well as a dryer sheet. 

The question I haven’t answered is a very common one: Do wool dryer balls reduce static in laundry? My experience says yes and no. I live in the southeastern US where the weather is humid most of the year. In the humid months, wool dryer balls reduce static cling in the dryer. In the winter months they don’t quite get the job done. 

Fortunately, I’ve found a super-cheap and natural way to deal with dryer static in the winter. Simply make foil balls (about 2-3 inches around) and toss them in the dryer. Try 2-3 balls with each dryer load.Dryer Balls Natural Alternative to Dryer Sheets pin