Organic Dryer Balls 

Many of us do not realize how toxic CONVENTIONAL DRYER SHEETS can be!

They contain fragrances, toxic chemicals, irritants, and pollutants that affect not only sensitive individuals, pregnant women, the elderly, pets, children, and wildlife, but all of us, too!

Yet, they are sold in regular grocery stores as harmless products.

 

Conventional dryer sheets contain toxic ingredients and chemicals that are cheap to produce, harsh on us, the planet, and the environment. They are linked with asthma and respiratory damage, skin allergies and irritations, development and reproductive toxicity, posing cancer and environmental hazards. You can check your current detergent's toxicity rating here at EWG.org 

You can spot immediately when someone is wearing a garment that has been treated with conventional products, its typical toxic smell is recognizable. You can even smell this toxic mix of chemicals walking on a sidewalk in a residential area, coming from laundry rooms! Conventional dryer sheet pollutants contaminate the air around us, provoking respiratory effects with developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects,  general systemic/organ effects cause acute, create aquatic toxicity, pollute the environment and reach long distances through the vent of the dryer. Read here.

Dryer Sheets 

Why not use conventional dryer sheets? I don't recommend any dryer sheets brand on the market. they don't meet my criteria and they are a waste of resources! Here are some ingredients found in them:

Conventional dryer sheets 

  • Enzyl Acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer

  • Benzyl Alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant

  • Ethanol: On the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste list and can cause central nervous system disorders

  • A-Terpineol: Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema, and central nervous system damage

  • Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA's Hazardous Waste list

  • Chloroform: Neurotoxic, anesthetic, and carcinogenic

  • Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled

  • Brands: Tide, All, Gain, Cheer, Kirkland and more

Greenwashing: they may try to convince you that their product is eco-friendly, with their green packaging and false claims, such as “natural” but they still contain toxic and unhealthy ingredients such as fragrances or ingredients that hurt the environment, such as palm oil, responsible for deforestation, human rights abuse and animal orangutan extinction.

Brands: Method, Mrs. Meyer's Ecos, and more

I don't recommend these more " natural" versions

❌ Seventh Generation Dryer Sheets    since it has the ingredient Di-(palm carboxyethyl) hydroxyethyl methylammonium methyl sulfates, know to be an asthmagen (sensitizing) and it causes reproductive toxicity in animals.       

Beyond Natural Dryer Sheets        since it has the same ingredient plus fragrance   

❌ Grab Green Natura wet Dryer Sheets     since it has the ingredient benzisothiazolinone, a preservative substance that has very high acute toxicity to aquatic life and skin sensitizer.

❌ Better Life Natural Dryer Sheets since it has  Dihydrogenated palmoylethyl hydroxyethylmonium methosulfate, know to be an asthmagen (sensitizing),  cause reproductive toxicity in animals.

Avoid toxic dryer sheets and fabric softeners — you don’t need them!

I noticed that after using  Organic Laundry Detergents, there was no need for a fabric softener.

In fact, I recommend skipping it. If you can't do without it, here are the most natural options around.

A green alternative to the toxic dryer sheets 

Safer dryer products: The product is safer for us and the environment🐠

🍃 Wool Dryer Balls naturally soften fabrics while reducing your drying time by up to 30%!

 

How to use?

1. Toss your Natural Wool Dryer Balls into your dryer. 

2. Add your wet laundry and start your dryer. 

3. Remove your laundry — just leave those Natural Wool Dryer Balls in the dryer for your next load!

How many Wool Dryer Balls do you need? 

3-6 Wool Dryer Balls for a regular load of laundry

6-9 Wool Dryer Balls for larger loads, towels, or sheets

To wash them:

Dirty dryer ball? No problem! Place the dirty wool balls into our Mesh Laundry Bag or pillowcase and launder on a warm, delicate cycle. Then, put the balls in a sunny window until completely dried before returning to the dryer. 

 

Ethical Wool suppliers:

Here you will find only brands committed to humane and eco-responsible farming and shearing techniques.

Safe for everyone — people, sheep, and the planet. 

Since wool, even it is a natural material could be still treated with chemicals during the process, we need to look for certified organic wool. The best dryer balls are the one's GOTS Certified Organic 

Note: There are the only 2 brands I was able to find that meet my criteria of GOTS Certified Organic Dryer Balls.

They are the first two brands listed below on this page. 

The other brands, even they are not GOTS Certified Organic, their natural dryer balls are still a great choice, healthier alternatives to the conventional toxic dryer sheet out there! 


💚Here are listed the safest dryer balls brands that I highly recommend: 

GOTS Certified organic dryer balls
Avocado GOTS Certified Organic
Dryer  Balls

✅ These are the number one choice, they are GOTS Certified Organic Cotton made by a trustable brand!

🍃Handmade Wooly Balls are 100% organic, non-toxic, environmentally friendly alternative to dryer sheets! Woolly Balls are completely safe to use with your clothes, linens, delicates, and baby laundry (cloth diapers).

🌿No chemicals. No synthetic materials. No nasty glues. Make drying quieter and easier on your clothes and bedding with our 100% GOTS organic certified Wool Dryer Balls. They absorb static and reduce drying time, saving on energy costs. Made entirely with natural materials, they’re held together by a mechanical felting process. Plus, they’re biodegradable and good for over 1,000 loads of laundry.

🌿Dryer balls quietly prevent your laundry from clumping up, increasing hot air circulation and reducing energy use (and energy bills). These Wool Dryer Balls can cut down drying time by 10-25 percent because the fibers are naturally absorbent. Unlike single-use dryer sheets or fabric softeners, these Wool Dryer Balls can last for more than 1,000 loads.

They’re also biodegradable. When our Wool Dryer Balls have worn out, the organic, natural fibers will decompose.

INGREDIENTS: Beautiful Wool Dryer Balls are made with our 100% GOTS organic certified wool and are OEKO-TEK Standard 100 certified for purity.

GOTS Certified organic dryer balls
Soaring Heart Wool balls 

GOTS Certified Organic Dryer Balls

🍃Handmade Wooly Balls are 100% organic, non-toxic, environmentally friendly alternative to dryer sheets! Woolly Balls are completely safe to use with your clothes, linens, delicates, and baby laundry (cloth diapers).

🌿These wool dryer balls are:

   • Unscented

   • Hypo-allergenic

   • Organic alternative to dryer sheets

   • Cuts drying time by up to 25%

   • Safe for all cloth types!

INGREDIENTS: All Soaring Heart Products are 100% GOTS

Mama Suds Wool Dryer Ball

They are not GOTS-certified organic, so they are not my first choice. They are still a safer alternative to the dryer sheets.

🌿 MamaSuds Dryer balls are handmade, felted, unscented, and 100% raw wool. MamaSuds Dryer Balls can dry your clothes faster (15-25% faster!) and soften your clothing.

👗 MamaSuds Dryer Balls work by circulating the air in the dryer which allows the air to reach more of the laundry more quickly, causing the clothes to dry sooner. Using more balls increases their effectiveness, in my opinion, 3 is the least you should have in a regular-sized dryer, 4-6 dryer balls are optimal.

🧺Colors (white to beige) and sizes may vary, but each MamaSuds Dryer ball weighs at LEAST 2 ounces!

🍃100% raw wool from local sheep!

INGREDIENTS: Made from 100% raw wool from Michigan Sheep. This product is processed in Frankenmuth, Michigan. 

Molly's Suds Wool Dryer Balls 
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They are not GOTS-certified organic, so they are not my first choice. They are still a safer alternative to the dryer sheets.

🍃Significantly reduces drying time by keeping laundry tumbling freely in the dryer

  • 100% pure New Zealand wool balls help to naturally soften fabrics

  • Perfect for use on all laundry, including towels, linens, clothing, baby laundry, and more

  • Long-lasting and naturally anti-microbial

  • Leaves no lint or fibers behind

  • Safe for use in all dryers

🌿Replace after 3 years… or after your dog has hauled it off and played with it for hours!

Certified Cruelty-Free by Leaping Bunny!

INGREDIENTS: 100% mulesing-free New Zealand wool from sheep raised on registered family farms

Natural/White dryer balls are undyed. Black colored dryer balls are colored using a black azo-free dye

🌱 New Zealand wool: New Zealand Becomes First Wool Producing Country to Ban Sheep Mulesing

Now you have all you need to know for a safer, organic laundry experience. Wash your garments at home in your organic laundry detergent whenever is possible and when you need professional laundering to choose only eco-friendly dry cleaners that use the CO2 method.