Wool Dryer Balls

When out shopping, do you find yourself minimising the time you spend in aisles with detergents, cleaners and fabric softeners? I do; beyond perceptions about toxins, I dislike the way the chemical smells hit my eyes and nose. I’m not the scientist of our family and have no related expertise, so what I’m offering here is one person’s perspective and interest in shifting away from dryer sheets.

We returned this week from a sunny break in Arizona, where we bought wet-felted wool dryer balls from Caren Gomez of Carenas Creations; Caren sells these as well as gorgeous infinity scarves and other knitwear at Scottsdale’s Artisan Market AZ. Her dryer balls are subtlely coloured, and she markets them as an eco-friendly and resuable means to softening clothes, while reducing dryer time and static cling. If you like the notion of scent in the dryer, Caren encourages buyers to add their preferred essential oil to the ball.

One of my early questions was whether the colours would bleed; we were told they wouldn’t, and Caren was right. Now that we’re home and using the dryer balls, I’m  hooked. I’ve also been checking additional sources for dryer balls and found a local supplier, Ulat, that ships internationally.


They reduce drying time and energy usage; BC Hydro advises that including two dyer balls with your load not only reduces drying time by up to a third, it also separates items.

Vancouver producer Ulat offers that their wool balls do not harbour bacteria, making them attractive for people with sensitive skin (I’d have been pleased to have these in our days of washing cloth diapers), and that they reduce wrinkles and static.


Here’s a sampling  of information you can find on Ulat’s site:

  • Using two or three balls per load will help balance moisture absorbtion and enhance air circulation
  • Performance levels will very depending on the age, make and model of your dryer
  • Wool dryer balls work best with natural fibres, and are not suitable for drying synthetic fabrics
  • To use the balls, just pop them in the dryer with wet laundry and turn on the dryer
  • The balls will pill; that’s to be expected, and you can simply remove them. They wear down and you’ll want a new set after a hundred loads or so.
  • Once your laundry is done, keep the balls in a dry, ventilated location rather than storing them in plastic


You can make your own dryer balls, and there are various sites with directions; you might be surprised to learn how readily you can make your own.

2 Comments on “Wool Dryer Balls

  1. Shelagh, Thank you so much for the very nice article about my Dryer Balls and small business. I am overwhelmed by your thoughtfulness & kindness. I so enjoy making people smile while looking at my Birdhouses, enjoying my one of kind knitwear pieces and also saving our environment, even if it is only in small doses. I am so glad you are enjoying the Dryer Balls. Thanks again for promoting and sharing my small business to so many people. Caren @ Carenas Creations

    • Caren,

      You’re more than welcome. I could have happily spent much more than I did on your lovely products; the wool balls do a great job bouncing around in our dryer, and I can’t wait to wear the beautiful multi-hued scarf – will be taking it with me to Chicago later this week.

      I’m more than happy to share word of good businesses, and realise it’s especially helpful to small business owners. All the very best, and hope to see you next time we’re at the Artisan Market.


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