The Ugly Truth About Dryer Sheets – 5 Reasons to Ditch Them for this Money Saving Alternative

ThreeMain 100% Organic New Zealand Wool Dryer Balls

The Ugly Truth about Dryer Sheets –  5 Reasons to Ditch them for this Money Saving Alternative

The biggest mistake you’re making while doing laundry isn’t mixing whites with colors or using warm water instead of cold water – it’s using dryer sheets. Dryer sheets, known for their ability to soften and freshen your laundry, are a huge culprit of toxicity and waste. Here are 4 reasons to ditch them, and make a major sustainable swap to our 100% Organic New Zealand Wool Dryer Balls:

  1. Cost – The average American family does 8-10 loads of laundry each week. With typical dryer sheets costing anywhere from .05 -.10 a sheet or load of laundry (at a minimum because let’s be honest – sometimes we throw in 2 sheets), households spend over $50 a year on dryer sheets.
Dryer Balls: at $19.99 and a shelf-life of 1,000 loads of laundry, you can save big. Compare .02/load with Dryer Balls to .10/load with dryer sheets and the savings are significant. But the cost of the Dryer Balls themselves isn’t the only place you save – Dryer Balls can cut drying time in half, reducing your energy bill. Win-win!
  1. Lack of Transparency – Don’t let a long list of ingredients fool you. While dryer sheets are regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, manufacturers still aren’t required to disclose all the ingredients they use on their labels. This means that the clothes going on your skin, the sheets you’re sleeping in, and towels you’re using to dry your body, could be coated in toxic chemicals exerted from drying with dryer sheets.
Dryer Balls: Made from 100% Organic New Zealand Wool, and 100% Organic New Zealand Wool only! No secrets, here!
  1. VOC’s – Volatile Organic Compounds are gases that are released into the air when a product is being used. Many are considered carcinogenic or are linked to other respiratory illnesses. In an Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health study, many popular brands of dryer sheets were found to emit VOC’s during the drying process. Of the VOC’s emitted, the EPA classified multiple (7, to be exact) as hazardous air pollutants.
Dryer Balls: Did we mention that Dyer Balls are made from 100% Organic New Zealand Wool? They contain no chemicals at all, eliminating the ability for there to be any VOC’s emitted.
  1. Fragrance – If you’ve seen Stink! on Netflix, you already know how scary this word can be. “Fragrance” is an ingredient commonly listed on dryer sheet ingredient labels to indicate an added unnatural scent. While it only appears as 1 ingredient, it can be kept proprietary, and therefore may be a placeholder ingredient for a formula comprised of multiple undisclosed ingredients.
Dryer Balls: No fragrance, no problems! Dryer Balls have no fragrance, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have your laundry smelling fresh out of the dryer. When your laundry finishes drying (in half the time with your dryer balls), you can add scent by applying a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the dryer balls, and tumble dry on low for another 10 minutes.
  1. Single-Use-Plastic – Traditional dryer sheets are typically made from nonwoven polyester, also known as a plastic, coated in chemical fragrances and fabric softeners. After one use, dryer sheets transfer their fragrance and softening chemicals onto the laundry, making them unable to be reused. Because of their makeup, they can’t be recycled and therefor end up in landfills for years to come.

Dryer Balls: We said it twice, but we’ll say it again – 100% Organic New Zealand Wool, only! Dryer Balls contain zero plastic, and even come in a canvas tote to eliminate plastic packaging.

100% Organic New Zealand Wool Dryer Balls are one of our favorite sustainable swap yet. They are the best alternative to dryer sheets that still soften and remove static and wrinkles from your laundry – without the chemicals and plastic.