This month’s tip is dryer balls. Dryer balls are a natural, nontoxic, and affordable alternative to dryer sheets. Dryer balls offer many benefits: 

  • Non-toxic and the majority are hypoallergenic  
  • Energy-saving 
  • Affordable and there are DIY options 
  • Reduce your waste footprint 

Conventional fabric softeners can contain some pretty toxic ingredients that can cause asthma, skin irritation, aquatic toxicity, and more. You can research here the toxins in your current fabric softener.  Dryer balls save energy in a fun way. They keep the clothes separated and circulating, which allows them to dry more quickly. This can cut drying time 25 – 40%. They last up to 1,000 loads which significantly reduces your waste footprint. Essential oils can be used in conjunction with your balls, but the scent may fade due to heat from the dryer. Most grocery stores carry them now or you can purchase through AmazonSmiles and support Beaver Ponds. Wool allergies? Check out this DIY video to learn how to make them with felt and you can even repurpose some materials within your home! 

Amity Vargas

Executive Director
Director of Development