Tips, Tricks & Myths
Tips, Tricks & Myths
If you are caught up in the mystery surrounding laundry and wool dryer balls we have some handy tidbits of information to debunk them for you.
First off let’s start with the basics:
Moss Creek wool dryer balls are solid felted wool to their core. They live in your dryer, so when it starts tumbling they tumble too. Bouncing between your clothes and linens they work to lift and separate the fabric. This increases airflow and reduces drying time. Due to wool’s natural water retaining characteristics they dry slower than other fabrics, slowly releasing their moisture through the entire cycle creating a humid drying environment. This helps to reduce the static energy created by over-drying, allowing you to skip chemical-laden dryer sheets and fabric softeners.
Bonus: wool is naturally antimicrobial, so even if your wool dryer balls are still damp at the end of a load you don’t have to worry about them starting to smell.
Our wool dryer balls last for 1000+ loads. We haven’t figured out an actual end date for our dryer balls yet as they tend to go missing, either stolen by our pets or following our lost single socks into the ether, before they have a chance to wear out. It might be time for you to get a new set if you find your balls have shrunk in size (this is caused by the heat in your dryer felting them continuously over time) or you start to notice your dryer isn’t working as well as it used to.
Over time your dryer balls might start to pill and pick up stray fabric and hairs. If you notice this, simply remove as needed and toss them right back in the dryer.
The number one issue with wool dryers balls is, just like your socks, one can have a tendency to wander off. To prevent this keep your wool balls in the dryer.
Do you believe in life after love? Our wool dryer balls are biodegradable, so once they’ve run their course you can bury them in your backyard or garden. This can the soil retain moisture while the breakdown process provides your plants with nitrogen to help the flowers bloom.
Looking to add a little scent to your life? Try putting a few drops of your favourite essential oil or perfume to your wool dryer balls before adding them to a load. If you are worried about the oil staining your clothes, rub your balls together so the oil gets absorbed by them. As the balls as heated in the dryer, the scent will start to evaporate leaving you with a lightly scented fresh load. The scent will last multiple loads so no need to top up every time
Just like its traditional (and less soft) cousin, wool dryer balls can be used to fluff up down jackets, duvets and pillows
You can but it’s not going to do much. Wool dryer balls are often sold in sets of three for a reason. This is because they need to work together to create chaos in your dryer. For bigger and heavier loads we suggest more. Like most things in life the more the merrier!
What is the difference between the coloured balls? Will the colour from the wool dryer balls stain my clothes?
The difference between the different coloured balls is that they come from different coloured sheep! There is no difference in effectiveness between the colours and we suggest making your choice based on your own aesthetic. We don’t add any dyes to our dryer balls, this means there is no chance of bleeding during a drying cycle.
Before we even receive our wool it goes through a thorough washing process. On top of this our felting process includes a wash in hot water with a natural and gentle detergent washing away lanolin. That being said, make sure you listen to your instincts, if you think the balls are causing irritation stop use.
It is important to understand the factors that create static cling. Static buildup is usually caused by one or more of the following:
1. Fabric type – synthetics like nylon and polyester are more likely to generate static cling in the dryer from the friction as they tumble back and forth.
2. Over drying – leaving the clothes in too long. Taking your clothes out just before they are dry and hanging shirts and pants can help the wrinkles fall out reducing the need for ironing.
Dryers with a moisture meter that can shut down automatically are ideal for this strategy.
3. Dry air – usually a problem in the winter when there is less humidity in the air.
How can Wool Dryer Balls help reduce static cling?
Wool Dryer Balls are a safe alternative to chemical dryer sheets. Dryer sheets work by coating the fabric fibres with toxic chemicals that build up over time. Dryer balls, on the other hand work reduce static cling by absorbing moisture from clothing in the dryer, maintaining a more humid environment and, therefore, cutting down on static build up. However they will not eliminate static cling completely, especially when clothing is over-dried in a dryer without a moisture sensor.
1. Reduce your drying time by 5-10 minutes.
When items are completely dry and no moisture remains, this invites static electricity into the mix. Allow clothes to dry only until they’re slightly damp – tumbling around for excessive amounts of time in the dry heat increases static and increases your energy costs. Some dryers allow you to set the level of drying using a sensor to tell how dry the clothes are. Try setting it to less dry vs. normal. You should find most of your clothes are dry enough to fold. Plus hanging shirts and pants for the last stage of their drying helps wrinkles fall out and can reduce the need for ironing.
2. Dry Synthetic fabrics separately
Synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester fleece are usually the main culprits of static cling. When dried separately, garments made from synthetic fabrics aren’t given the opportunity to charge up all your other clothing. Don’t have time for two loads? Set a reminder for yourself to pull out synthetic items halfway through your cycle. These fabrics usually dry faster and will most likely be done at this point. If not, you can hang dry them to prevent unnecessary static.