Timber Wool Dryer Balls are a natural organic product that is made of 100% New Zealand wool. The company has carried out many experiments on different combination of fabrics to find out the best way to completely eliminate static cling. This included pulling synthetic fabrics out in the middle of drying and hanging them to dry, throwing a damp washcloth into the dryer for the last 10 minutes, adding vinegar or baking soda to the washer, rolling a ball of Aluminium foil and tossing into the dryer, pinning a few safety pins to the seam of clothes, etc…
After countless loads of laundry, they had a winner after weighing in the factors of effectiveness, economics and easiness to apply.
It’s the combination of 2 very simple methods: A combination of using vinegar and safety pins.
Here’s how you can completely eliminate static cling, guaranteed!
Add ¼ cup of white distilled vinegar over your clothes during the washer’s rinse cycle. Or you can pour the vinegar to the softener dispenser in your machine at the beginning of wash.
Vinegar softens fabrics, preventing them from becoming too stiff. This results in less friction and less accumulated charges upon rubbing with other fabrics.
No, there will not be vinegar smell left on your clothes. When they are completely dry, the vinegar smell will completely vanish.
But do not use vinegar with bleach, as the combination of both create a noxious gas.
Safety Pins Method:
Pin 4 safety pins on a small piece (handkerchief-sized will do) of fabric. Load your laundry to the dryer, and toss this piece of fabric and the wool dryer balls in.
After your drying is completed, just keep the piece of fabric (with safety pins attached) and wool dryer balls in a ventilated, open space before your next load.
This combination works like a charm every time. The metal part of the pins discharge the electricity, and you WILL have a static-free laundry ever. A guaranteed way to eliminate static cling and keep your laundry static-free.
The wool dryer balls are soft, dense and larger than I had expected. Since the dryer balls are made of wool, I expected them to be itchy as wool tends to have that effect on my skin. I was quite surprised at the fact that they were soft and did not irritate my skin at all. I had to rub them on my arm as I wanted to know if there would be any adverse affects from the dryer balls themselves. I was excited to try this product as I am accustomed to using fabric softeners and dryer sheets to eliminate static cling. I have heard many things about dryer balls so I wanted to test out and see for myself all the claims that I have heard about these products.
After searching for 2 days for my safety pins, I finally found them, I attached them to a small cloth.
Step 1: Place the dryer balls in the dryer among the wet laundry.
I did about 12 loads of laundry over the past weekend (if not more as I lost count). I was on a spring cleaning frenzy and washed the mountain of comforters that piled up, valances, curtains and pretty much anything I could get my hands on that I deemed was in need of a freshening up. In this load is a bunch of towels. I usually do not have this many to wash at once, however, I gave my dog Tracker a bath (yes, she needed some spring cleaning too -lol-)
Step 2: Place the cloth with the safety pins into the dryer along with the Timber Wool Dryer Balls.
When all was said and done, I was quite pleased with the Timber Wool Dryer Balls.
Let’s break it all down.
Chemistry 101: Claim: Do not use vinegar with bleach, as the combination of both create a noxious gas.
Findings:10/10 This is true. Anyone who has taken a chemistry class or has accidentally placed these two liquids together can attest to this fact.
The Use of Vinegar in your wash: Claim: There will not be vinegar smell left on your clothes. When they are completely dry, the vinegar smell will completely vanish.
Findings: 10/10 I knew this to be true already. I use vinegar and baking soda to clean my bamboo sheets. There has never been a lingering vinegar scent after they have been washed and dried.
Combination of Timber Wool Dryer Balls and Safety Pins
Claim: The balls help to lift and separate the clothes. The circulation of heat and air through the wet laundry is improved. Hence, they are able to shorten drying time by up to 20%., reduce static as well as keep the clothes soft and fluffy.
Claim: The metal part of the pins discharge the electricity, and you WILL have a static-free laundry.
Findings: 10/10 I found this claim to be totally true. The Timber Wool Dryer Balls along with the use of the safety pins definitely eliminated static cling without the aid of any fabric softeners or dryer sheets. Everything that I washed did come out fluffy and soft. The drying time was reduced as well. My dryer is an old dinosaur which it takes me forever to dry a load of laundry on the best of days, especially a heavy load like towels. I usually end up having to turn on the dryer again for another half cycle. While I did have to put my dryer on for a second go at drying the load, I didn’t have to have it on as long as I would normally. I kept checking the load every 5 minutes after I had started it up again. The Timber Wool Dryer Balls saved me about 15 minutes of drying time with this load. I was ecstatic (no pun intended).
More time for Mom: Claim: Reduce wrinkles, twisting and tangling of your clothes by keeping your laundry soft and fluffy, you would spend less time ironing your clothes while lengthening your clothes’ lifetime.
Findings: 10/10 I did notice that my clothes, bed sheets and t-shirts were less wrinkled, actually a lot less wrinkled. This made me a happy camper even though I don’t iron my clothes, but hubby does. He wears a lot of suits at times and needs his dress shirts to be wrinkle free. I showed him one of his dress shirts and he was impressed at how far less wrinkled it was coming right out of the dryer.
Keep your family and yourself Healthy
Claim: With the use of this natural product, you stay away from chemically treated dryer sheets and softener that may contain harmful chemicals.
Great for baby and people with sensitive skin
Claim: These balls are non-toxic and hypoallergenic, they are safe and recommended especially for baby diapers to avoid any allergic response.
Findings: 10/10 I find that using products that are chemical free, eco-friendly and natural are not just a trend or a fad. Children especially seem to becoming more and more sensitive to the environment and products around us that we have become accustomed to using each and every day. I personally have some reactions to certain brands or types of laundry soap. More and more I am personally “going green”. By changing my habits one step and by one natural product, perhaps I can not only help myself and my family but the earth at the same time.
That said, I wish I could find a way to make hubby’s work clothes that wreak of grease, gas, diesel and tracker fluid smell better when they come out of the laundry. Fabric softeners and dryer sheets help some but I don’t know of anything that can cure that -lol- If anyone knows please tell me!!!!!
Timber Wool Dryer Balls can be purchased on Amazon.ca
6 XL Size Pack $19.95 CAD Free shipping (4 days) for Prime members
Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from TimberWool for testing purposes. My opinions are my own and have not been altered by any influence in any way.