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Why is it important to limit dryer usage?
Laundry dryers are notoriously energy-inefficient, and the older your model, the longer it may take to dry your clothes, increasing the amount of energy used. Until we transition to a 100 per cent renewable energy electrical grid, electricity in your area may still be powered fully or partially by oil, coal, gas or nuclear sources.
If you are considering replacing your home dryer, remember that not all laundry dryers are built the same. A great alternative to a standard condenser or vented laundry dryer is a ventless heat pump laundry dryer. They move heat rather than produce it and do not vent outdoors.
Nevertheless, everyone should avoid using the dryer whenever they can. Decrease laundry dryer use by trying new (and age-old) drying methods! Drying racks and clothing lines are always a better option — outside in summer, inside in winter.
If you must use a dryer, we encourage you to use wool dryer balls to shrink drying time. Each ball weighs about two ounces. Use three at a time to absorb moisture, rotate clothes and provide better air circulation.
Why use wool dryer balls?
- Depending on the make and model of your dryer, they decrease drying time by 30 to 50 per cent, saving energy and money.
- Decreased wrinkles = less time ironing!
- No static.
- Safe for people with sensitive skin (works well with cloth diapers).
How to use wool dryer balls
- Best for natural fibres, like cotton (not acrylics or polyester blends).
- Use three at once to ensure balance, consistency and efficiency.
- They’ll pill. It means they’re working.
- To scent clothes, add a few drops of an essential oil to each.
- Store them in a well-ventilated area (never in plastic).
Do wool dryer balls work in all types of dryers?
Yes. But the size of the laundry load and model and make of the machine will determine the degree of efficiency. A newer machine will have better efficiency performance overall. But you can reduce drying time by 30 per cent even with an older dryer.
What can I do with my worn-out dryer balls?
If they’re made from 100 per cent wool, dryer balls can be composted. Better yet, add a few drops of essential oil and put old dryer balls in your closets and drawers. Or use them for craft projects!