Norwex has two types of Dryer balls available: Original Plastic Dryer Balls and Fluff and Tumble Balls
Many wonder about the difference between the two products. I’ll discuss the differences in this post to help you make a better decision on which ones are best for you!
You’ve used dryer sheets your whole life, so why should you care/bother to switch to dryer balls? Check out this article that will help you understand WHY you should choose dryer balls over dryer sheets. This post will help you discover just how toxic dryer sheets actually are, particularly if you have Asthma or other respiratory concerns! It also outlines how costly dryer sheets can be compared to dryer balls (you know I love to pinch pennies)! So I won’t take any time to discuss the negative side effects of dryer sheets but I highly encourage you to click the link and learn more as to why you should make the switch!
So here’s the low down:
Dryer balls help you REDUCE drying time as well as REDUCE static, without toxic chemicals.
Now, you’re only stuck deciding between the two different types of Dryer Balls!
When it comes to choosing between these two products, I really love the Wool Balls, and would recommend them over the original plastic ones. Here are our reasons:
Norwex Wool Dryer Ball Review
- If you want your clothes to smell yummy, and you’re missing your old scented laundry detergent (because you’ve switched to the awesome unscented Norwex Laundry Detergent!), you can add a few drops of essential oil to scent your clothes! All you do is add two drops to two balls when your load is dry, and turn your dryer onto fluff (no heat) for 10 minutes. Lavender essential oil is H-E-A-V-E-N-L-Y!
- The wool dryer balls keep you from over-drying your clothes. The wool absorbs moisture from the clothes, and then will releases moisture back into the air. Your clothes will stay dry, but they won’t get full of static!
- The wool dryer balls are significantly heavier than the plastic ones, and therefore move through your wet clothes in the dryer more efficiently, separating them, and drying them better.
- Even though they are slightly bigger and heavier than the original plastic ones, their bouncing and banging around in the dryer seem to be somewhat less noisy.
- The Norwex Wool Dryer Balls will probably out-last the Norwex plastic dryer balls – you’re guaranteed at least 1000 loads (3 years). That’s a lot of laundry people!
- We also love that the wool balls are an ALL-NATURAL product. They are 100% wool, and contain NO chemicals.
There’s really nothing we can say that’s bad about these little white wool balls – we love ’em and heartily give them 5 stars!
Tips & Tricks
There is an adjustment period to switching over to dryer balls, regardless of which ones you choose. Some users complain that they’re getting a lot of static when using dryer balls. Here are some things to consider to help you with static:
1. Do not over-dry
Over-drying makes those dry clothes rub against each other for too long, creating static! Since dryer balls help reduce drying time, start by reducing your usual drying time on your dryer by 10 min. You’ll likely need even less time than that. You should know the right length of time within a few loads, and you can adjust accordingly for the future. Certain types of loads will need even less time. For example, while a full load of clothes takes approximately 40 minutes in my dryer, my bed sheets really only need 20 minutes tops before they’re dry.
If you find that you accidentally over-dried your load and now it’s super-static, you can get your wool balls slightly damp and run the dryer again for just a few minutes. Alternately, you can spray your load lightly with some water and run for only a few minutes. Your static will be gone!
3. Mixing fabrics
Avoid mixing in a fleece sweater with your load. Fleece is a static multiplier! You can hang your fleece to dry, or dry separately. This goes for big fluffy blankets too!
Your wool dryer balls may start to pill over time (bits of lint attaching to them). You can remove the pills, but they actually aid in the drying process, so you’re better off to leave them!
5. Adding More Balls
If you dry large loads, it is recommended that you use six of the wool balls, instead of just three, in the dryer to assist with separating the fabrics as they spin around. Or, you can mix the two types and throw in a pack of three wool balls and a pack of two of the yellow dryer balls (that’s what I do)!
6. Aluminum Foil Ball???
I haven’t personally tried this one, as reducing drying time fixed my static problem, but I’ve heard of others crumpling up aluminum foil into a ball and tossing that in with the load as well. If static still persists, you may want to try that.
7. Refreshing your Norwex Wool Dryer Balls
To refresh your Fluff & Tumble wool dryer balls’ “static reduction” quality, place each dryer ball in a thin sock, or the end of a pair of pantyhose (with the foot part cut off). Tie the open end of the sock or pantyhose, and stick it in a hot wash cycle. Throw them back in your dryer, and you’re good to go again!
A Few “Warnings”:
I should warn you that if you choose to switch to dryer balls, you will have to change how you take your clothes out of your dryer. I would grab it all and dump it in my basket before. However, my dryer balls would then get all mixed in with my laundry and then I couldn’t find them! So, I quickly pull out only a few articles at a time, so that the balls stay in the dryer.
You should also be aware that all of the balls bouncing around in there is going to make some noise. Nothing earth shattering of course, but it’s different than what you’re used to!
If you have young children, you should be aware that these balls are fun! Your toddlers are going to love throwing them around if they comes across one. No biggie of course, just makes it hard to find :o)
I will leave you with a video from fellow Canadian consultant Crystal Moore that demonstrates the #1 feature of dryer balls: