A small change with big impact

Baxter, my golden retriever, loves to bring presents to anyone who walks in the door. When he hears a key in the lock or a knock, he scampers off to find something to present to the person who will inevitably come into my place. His favorite present is socks. If he can't find a sock, a toy will be fine, but he really seems to prefer items that aren't his.

One day, I came home and was presented with a dryer sheet. It had been through the dryer and probably fell under the bed when I was putting sheets or the duvet cover back on the bed. Even though it wasn't slick and shiny anymore, the thought of my little guy having that chemical laden sheet in his mouth sent me to the internet to find some sort of alternative to the dryer sheet. This is when I learned about dryer balls.

There's a lot of information about these great, little things online, but check out this Ecowomen post for a good summary and a link to directions for making your own, if you're so inclined.

Photo from Hillsoflead on Etsy

Dryer balls are made of wool yarn and they do pretty much what dryer sheets do. They make a little noise while they tumble around in the dryer, but that doesn't really bother me. I bought my dryer balls from hillsoflead on Etsy. Sadly, she isn't selling them right now, but you can find plenty more Etsy sellers who have made these things.

I've stopped using dryer sheets completely, which is a good thing because Marc didn't know that you aren't supposed to use them with towels at all. Oops. The only drawback I've found is that Baxter is very, very interested in getting one of these in his mouth.

If you want to save a bit of money and cut down on trash and chemicals in your home, you might want to try these out.

Does anyone else use dryer balls?
How long have you been using them and how do you like them?


  1. I don't use dryer sheets or balls. Maybe I should though, since our stuff is always so wrinkly!

    ps - my cat Lucius constantly brings socks downstairs as gifts, and litters them all over the stairs, living room, kitchen, you name it. I always laugh because if my feet are cold while watching tv, I know I won't have to look far for a pair of (mismatched) socks! ha

  2. I've never heard of dryer balls, but I think I may try making (& using) them.

    I got an adorable image of a golden retriever proudly presenting visitors with a dryer sheet, made my miserable day a little brighter. :)

  3. Aimee@ the Functional SpaceAugust 5, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    I love our dryer balls! Like you I was freaked out about the dog and the chemicals. Like Maureen I have spiky rubber ones. They do a fantastic job. It's nice to have fluffy soft towels again. I didn't know about the etsy/homemade ones when I got mine. They are very pretty too, and who doesn't love a little pretty in their life. I think you will really love them.


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