I love wool. I’ve been wearing and caring for wool for over twenty years, and I continue to be amazed by the myriad of properties this fiber possesses. One of my favorite sweaters is a bulky, cable-knit Shetland wool sweater…that was purchased in the 80s. Somehow, my prized sweater has been able to escape the wrath of hungry moths and provide fashionable warmth season after season. From classic suits to cloth diapering, wool is a miracle fiber fit for both fashion and function.
Wool is great for everything, from diapering to laundering, and here are a few reasons why:
- wool can absorb up to 30% of it’s weight in water without feeling damp or clammy, and it retains 70% of its insulation qualities when wet
- wool is great at regulating temperature: Wool is the only known fiber that can help the wearer regulate body temperature in a wide range of temperatures. It is capable of keeping the wearer warm in winter and cool in summer.
- wool resists absorbing odors & readily disperses them
- wool is biodegradable
- wool is self-cleaning: Lanolin on wool interacts with the ammonia in urine to form a soap. This makes wool covers ‘self-cleaning’. Just hang them to air dry and they will stay fresh smelling for several uses. About once every week or so they can be handwashed in a lanolin rich soap. Every 3-4 weeks they will need lanolized to restore their amazing ability to neutralize urine odors.
With all of these wonderful properties, it’s no surprise that wool dryer balls became a regular part of my laundry routine once my son arrived. Sensitive baby skin, combined with a desire to go natural in most areas of our household, meant switching out our chemical-laden dryer sheets for all-natural wool dryer balls. Not only were my clothes (and diapers) coming out of the dryer with little to no static, our drying time was reduced by a quarter (yes, I actually tested this).
Eco Nuts sent me a set of their wool dryer balls to give a tumble, and I’m happy to share some of the reasons why you should consider making the switch to a more natural laundering routine.
Eco Nuts wool dryer balls are made from 100% felted wool, and are a viable, natural, and effective way to soften your laundry, reduce your drying time, keep pesky wrinkles at bay, and are the perfect compliment to a natural laundering routine. (Pair with Eco Nuts natural laundry soap, and you’ll have completely natural laundering routine set in place)
How do Eco Nuts Wool Dryer Balls work?
Wool dryer balls tumble through your clothing, linens, [and cloth diapers], separating articles and allowing air to circulate through them more effectively. Because wool dryer balls are all natural, your clothing will be soft and free of wrinkles without a soapy, chemical-based coating or cloying artificial scents. If the scent from fabric softener or dryer sheets is what you’re after, simply add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (I’m a fan of lavender oil, myself) to your wool dryer balls and pop them in with your dryer load. The best part of using wool dryer balls is that your drying time will be reduced, up to 25%!
Chemical free, energy & cost savings, and biodegradable, you’ll feel good about yourself for making the switch to Eco Nuts Wool Dryer Balls!
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