Norwex sells two kinds of dryer balls, wool and plastic. Either set is a great option for you to use in your dryer; your loads will dry faster, they reduce wrinkles and static, soften your clothes naturally, while reducing your exposure to chemical toxins. Win/win. I once had an engineer at a show calculate how much his family of five would save by using dryer balls, they pay for themselves in about three months! Calculations about the chemical harm avoided? PRICELESS!
I love my dryer balls and am so glad I started using them years ago. Regardless of which set you buy, put ALL the dryer balls in the washer at once; two green or three wool. I’ll break down the benefits of each type to help you decide which is best for your family.
Green Dryer Balls – The cost for these is lower than our Fluff and Tumble (wool) dryer balls. Green dryer balls come with a one-year warranty and are estimated to last for 500 washings. That is about a year if you did 10 loads weekly.
The green dryer balls should be removed from the dryer when not in use (especially in cold climates) as they can get very cold in the dryer due to the outside vent. If left in the dryer the extreme temperature change from cold to a hot dryer load can cause cracking.
These are made from polyvinyl chloride along with many other household items like PVC pipes etc. They are a responsible choice for consumer end-use products. Using dryer balls, even plastic ones, is recommended over fabric softeners or dryer sheets for a number of reasons.
Fluff and Tumble Dryer Balls – These are one of our Top 10 Sellers and a favorite of mine! They are good for 1000 loads (about 2 years if you did 10 loads weekly), are warranted for two years, and are fully renewable. They are made from 100% New Zealand sheep’s wool which contains lanolin, a natural softener.
I love to add a bit of pure essential oil to the balls to give my laundry a light scent. Just add a few drops to one dryer ball at the end of the drying time (last 10 minutes). Instructions are included with the balls. You’ll need to replace these when they start to unravel or fall apart. I’ve had mine for over 4 years and they still work great!!