My husband and I moved into our first house two years ago this month and with that comes a lot of new purchases. New furniture, new dinnerware, but also the not so glamourous purchases such as new cleaning supplies. I had made a point to make our household as chemical free as possible and relying on the use of more naturally sourced products. As a person growing up used to the “clothes fresh out of the dryer” smell, I can safely say I would trade that any day for the same warm and fuzzies of freshly dried clothes but without the artificial chemical smell. Enter: Nellie’s Lamby Dryerballs.
To be honest, I found these on a whim during one of my many visits to Winners and Homesense over the years. I never even knew such a thing existed. I know people had put in tennis balls in the dryer when drying down jackets and down duvets in order to loosen up the feathers during the drying process but I had no idea there was an all-natural alternative to dryer sheets. In my mind, the only two things you put in a dryer are clothes and dryer sheets that smelled like Lavender Rain or Outdoor Fresh… (by the way, have you ever taken a second to think of who decides what smells like “Outdoor Fresh”?)
These 100% pure New Zealand wool dryerballs claim to “reduce drying time, soften fabrics and reduce wrinkles all without the use of nasty chemicals.” While I do not think that they reduce drying time by any noticeable amount, I can attest to the fact that they do soften fabrics just as well as any dryer sheet did. I do still need to bust out the iron every now and then but it is definitely not a strike against the dryerballs whatsoever. One thing that I had to get used to was the fact that there was no fresh laundry smell. No bouquets of roses or fields of lavender. However when you weigh the benefits of having a synthetic chemical-free household versus the momentary pleasure of freshly washed laundry, the choice is pretty clear. These dryerballs have held up marvelously well too. It came with a two year guarantee but two years later, these babies are still looking quite new.
Since then, I have seen iterations of dryer balls in plastic form but I much prefer this alternative which is zero waste and plastic free. Wool is biodegradable and the Dryerballs come in either a paper packaging or a cute tin box which can be reused or recycled. And how can you say no to that cute Lamby face? We have also since purchased a drying rack that we used diligently during the summer months that have cut our need to dry our clothes electrically.
A big thumbs up for these Nellie’s Lamby Dryerballs. I bought these at Winners for $16.99 (I think they upped the price of these to $19.99 last I checked), but they are worth every penny. I loved them so much I even gifted these to my mom and sister. My sister has two kids who suffer from eczema and what better way to reduce any contact allergens that to not have any nasty chemicals on their clothes!