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Small changes: Woolzies Dryer Balls Giveaway

I received a box of Woolzies Dryer Balls
as compensation for this review.
All opinions are 100% my own.

Over the past several years, I’ve been making lots of changes to my family’s routine. We buy more organic food. There are less paper products entering our home in boxes and leaving in the trash. We recycle everything we can. And we’ve eliminated as many toxins as we can from our cleaning products.

I used to get super excited when I got a new box of dryer sheets. The fresh smell would waft from the laundry room through the entire house…and even into the street because the dryer vents outside. It felt fresh and clean and homey. Until I discovered that all that freshness comes with a big down side. Toxins. Yes, dryer sheets are loaded with toxins that can contribute to everything from headaches to nervous system disorders.

Woolzies dryer balls Then I heard about Woolzie’s Dryer Balls – the natural fabric softener – and was granted the opportunity to review them. Each box contains six 100% Pure New Zealand Wool balls. These amazing woolen balls really work! They bounce around in the dryer like tennis balls which helps the load dry faster (a plus for the environment!). They soften my clothes just as well as the chemicals in the dryer sheets.

But my big test was whether they would reduce static. They do! Woolzies suggests rolling up a piece of plain kitchen aluminum foil into the size of one of the Woolzies balls, add it to the dryer with the wool balls and static will be even further reduced.

And they accomplish all of these things without chemicals.

I thought I would miss the smell of dryer sheets. Turns out, there’s a solution to that as well.

After the laundry is completely dried, take out 2 of the Woolzies balls and apply desired amount of pure essential oil to each ball. Toss the two back into the dryer with the other four and run on Air Fluff (no heat) for 10 minutes. Your laundry will smell heavenly and the scent will linger for severals days. (from the Woolzie’s FAQ information)

The balls are hypoallergenic and safe for people with wool sensitivities.

Each box is guaranteed to last for 1000 loads of laundry. Try doing that with a box of dryer sheets!

At first they annoyed the boys because they thought they had to count the balls every time we unloaded the dryer. I don’t get that picky. I try to leave as many of them in the dryer as I can…and if I find one in my dry clothes as I fold, I go toss it back in the dryer. No big deal. Another way to deal with this issue would be to have two sets. One in the dryer, and one in a basket on top. When the load finishes, take everything out (including the Woolzies), then toss in the next load with the six from the basket on top. When you fold the dry load, collect the Woolzies in the basket and they’re ready for the next load.

I love doing everything I can to protect my family from the toxins in our environment. And when the solution is simple, effective and safe, I’m in!

If you are also interested in making this small change in routine that could make a huge change in your family’s health and well being, today is your lucky day because the Woolzies company has authorized me to give away a box of six of their XL size Dryer Balls (a $30 value).

There’s one mandatory entry: comment on this post with one small change you are making to make your home safer and healthier for your family. Then, there are multiple other ways to enter — connecting with me and with Woolzies on Facebook and Twitter — and even an option to help me spread the word with a Tweet.
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Good luck!

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  • Jackie August 19, 2013, 10:50 am

    I have never heard of these before! What an awesome idea! I like the fact that you can use essential oils with them too. That’s one of the things that I really like about fabric softener… the scent.

    I’ve been trying to use more natural cleaners around the house to help eliminate some of the harsh chemicals.
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  • Paula M-B August 19, 2013, 11:38 am

    We grow some of our own food in the garden and make compost out of scraps. The kids love it! Oh, and vermicomposting as well.

  • wendy nicholls August 19, 2013, 11:38 am

    I have put plug protectors in all my outlets as I now have little grandchildren who like to try and put stuff in them :)

  • Janey McKeever August 19, 2013, 11:39 am

    I started making changes for green cleaning in the house, little by little- and I love them! It’s really not hard, and saves money too! A win win! I’ve heard of woolzies, just haven’t tried them yet.
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  • Megan Skentelbery August 19, 2013, 11:39 am

    Great review, thanks for the honesty. Would love to win some to try – we’re planning on cloth diapering so we’ll have LOTS of laundry to do ;)

  • Laurie P August 19, 2013, 11:41 am

    definitely eliminated using harsh chemicals, especially with a little one crawling around…

  • Natalie August 19, 2013, 11:41 am

    We have recently started using cloth diapers on our youngest and I am looking more closely at food labels!

  • Colleen Schilinski August 19, 2013, 11:41 am

    We recently eliminated all our extension cords, moving furnature around to do it – but its worth it with a toddler.

  • Mary Fagans August 19, 2013, 11:41 am

    Eating healthier and using natural cleaners for the house.

  • Jessica August 19, 2013, 11:41 am

    Love dryer balls!

  • amanda August 19, 2013, 11:42 am

    We use vinegar to clean

  • Vanessa August 19, 2013, 11:42 am

    We use more natural cleaners. :)

  • Laura Simon August 19, 2013, 11:43 am

    I’ve had switched to cloth diapers to get harmful chemicals off my baby’s bum!

  • Krystal August 19, 2013, 11:43 am

    I try to clean as much as I can with vinegar and baking soda.

  • Christine August 19, 2013, 11:43 am

    I have heard of dryer balls but did not know about using essential oils with them. My kids miss the scent of dryer sheets.

    I have been trying to be careful with my laundry soaps, dryer sheets (7th generation), etc.

  • Jessica G August 19, 2013, 11:44 am

    We’re hoping to get a puppy soon, so I stopped using anything chemical based on our floors and carpets a few months ago. I was nervous that a puppy licking the floor would be licking up the Fantastik I cleaned the kitchen floor with – YUCK!
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  • Lyne Proulx August 19, 2013, 11:44 am

    I use Generation Seventh for cleaners and laundry detergent.

  • Donna August 19, 2013, 11:45 am

    I saw a post about about the many uses for vinegar, and one was to dilute it and use it to wash fruit and vegetables, rather than just plain water. Supposed to be more effective at cleaning away the pesticides. It’s a small change but I hope it keeps us safer from the pesticide chemicals!

  • Donna Christianson August 19, 2013, 11:45 am

    I have been using more environmentally friendly cleaners

  • Deanna S. August 19, 2013, 11:45 am

    I am learning to reuse containers (making new memories out of older ones) … and also creating cleaners that I can make myself with simple ingredients that I understand.

  • Isabelle Goyer August 19, 2013, 11:45 am

    I make my own cleaners and skin care products! :-)
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  • Copper August 19, 2013, 11:46 am

    I love using wool dryer balls! We ditched to dryer sheets a long time ago because they are carcinogenic, but we also cloth diaper. =) much safer for my baby’s skin! =)
    Copper recently posted..Cloth Diapering for $30- It Really CAN Be Done!

  • Cindy August 19, 2013, 11:47 am

    I am working on my clutter.

  • valerie delaney August 19, 2013, 11:47 am

    I am so hoping to try these. Looks like a great product . I have switched from harsh chemical cleaners to products made with more natural ingredients to make our home more safe for our grand daughter Maci and our 3 cats :)

  • Melanie August 19, 2013, 11:47 am

    Cloth diapering, Eco friendly cleaning products, locking unsafe areas off. Being a stay at home mom so I know everything that is going on with my child.

  • Rachel G August 19, 2013, 11:50 am

    We now use only natural cleaners in our home.

  • Chrissy August 19, 2013, 11:50 am

    Any liquids, detergents, products that could be harmful to our daughter gets locked up, no exceptions. Would love to try woolzies because of the convenience and no mess form. Thanks for the chance!

  • Melissa G. August 19, 2013, 11:50 am

    We switched to cloth ‘paper’ towels! No more waste, no more chemicals.

  • dawn August 19, 2013, 11:50 am

    I use non toxic cleaners. Its for myself because of health issues I was told not to use strong cleansers for cleaning, ammonia, bleach etc.

  • Patty Rose August 19, 2013, 11:54 am

    I have been making my own laundry soap and moving on to dishwasher soon!

  • maegan d August 19, 2013, 11:54 am

    we use natural bath products and use vinegar to clean instead of chemical cleaners!

  • Victoria Carlson August 19, 2013, 11:55 am

    I have fully transitioned to organic, all-natural cleaning products to keep my family safe in the home!

  • tammy328 August 19, 2013, 11:56 am

    We use cloth diapers

  • Lea August 19, 2013, 11:56 am

    We have switched to all homemade cleansers.

  • Sara Grivas August 19, 2013, 11:59 am

    Gates, plug covers and cabinet locks for my grand babies!

  • Kaye Newman August 19, 2013, 11:59 am

    My husband has installed outside security lights.

  • Jenni L. August 19, 2013, 12:01 pm

    I use natural detergent and cloth diapers. These would be an awesome addition to my laundry routine, free from chemicals!

  • Gidget Shenefield August 19, 2013, 12:02 pm

    We try to recycle everything we can… we make our own laundry and dishwasher soap to save on extra chemicals…. also looked at our beverages… so many chemicals in drinks!

  • Amie Boland August 19, 2013, 12:03 pm

    extra locks on the doors and an alarm system!!

  • Crystal Mac Donald August 19, 2013, 12:04 pm

    I have switched to using a vinegar/orange rind mix to do all my household cleaning. It cleans great and the bonus is that its safe to have around my child who has alot of sensitivity to scents and chemicals

  • Elizabeth Kegans August 19, 2013, 12:04 pm

    I use mostly homemade cleaners, make homemade yogurt and kombucha (for homemade probiotics), and we are starting to use a toaster oven more than the microwave.

  • Betsy August 19, 2013, 12:05 pm

    I have started using unpaper towels recently and I ordered a few dryer balls this weekend. I would love to have more!

  • Theda Stoppel August 19, 2013, 12:07 pm

    In the summer months we eat everything from our garden instead of buying processed food or the terrible fruits you usually can buy in the supermarket

  • LindaL August 19, 2013, 12:08 pm

    I have cut out a lot of the cleaners I had around the house and purchased more environmentally friendly cleaners!

  • Sadie B. August 19, 2013, 12:08 pm

    We have switched to non-toxic household cleaners.

  • Shelia S August 19, 2013, 12:12 pm

    I have switched to using natural cleaners I make myself.
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  • Dalores Lounds August 19, 2013, 12:15 pm

    I have been using the shark on my floor that sanitizies your floor with just steaming water.

  • Jodi August 19, 2013, 12:20 pm

    We have eliminated all toxic cleaners and chemicals from our house. We exclusively use “natural” and alternative-type products and organic lawn care!

  • Lynn M August 19, 2013, 12:22 pm

    these would be awesome – I can’t stand static in my laundry and these take care of that also..

  • Maegan August 19, 2013, 12:26 pm

    We’ve switched to a lot of more natural products like skin care, laundry and cleaning products. Weve also starting cooking more healthy, organic and home grown foods. We have also become more organized since our baby was born. Sounds like such a little thing and we were fairly organized before but having a better system for organization minimizes clutter and things sitting around so baby has less chance of getting hold of something random that may end up in her tiny mouth :)

  • Abby August 19, 2013, 12:26 pm

    I use cloth diapers and I’m working in switching to reusable sandwich bags

  • Susan C. August 19, 2013, 12:36 pm

    We have been taking many baby steps for several years now, getting rid of chemicals and toxins in our home as much as possible. We’ve also almost completely eliminated pharmaceuticals (prescription and over-the counter) and gone to using essential oils, homeopathics and whole food supplements. We are already healthier! Thanks for this opportunity to win the dryer balls!
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  • Kimberly August 19, 2013, 12:36 pm

    Awesome! We are vegan now and have been for about 2 years. Along with eating clean, we use soap balls, and make our own cleaning sprays! :)

  • Kim Weisser August 19, 2013, 12:41 pm

    We’ve installed security cameras. They are the greatest!

  • Debra Gordon August 19, 2013, 12:42 pm

    Trying to keep house hold running smoother and have an emergency kit
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  • Tracey Pullum August 19, 2013, 12:44 pm

    We have been making all natural laundry detergent.

  • Debbie August 19, 2013, 12:47 pm

    I am working on cutting out processed foods and trying to prepare more “real”, whole foods for my family. I currently have a small set of dryer balls, but they aren’t Woolzies and I’d love to have the real thing! :-)

  • Tabitha August 19, 2013, 12:48 pm

    I am trying to get down to no chemical cleaning products in my home. I stocked up on vinegar last week and have been using that and method products!

  • Alissa Apel August 19, 2013, 12:51 pm

    We grow edible items now.
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  • Lori August 19, 2013, 12:52 pm

    I love the idea of reusable items. I am very big into recycling!

  • Joanne Gregory August 19, 2013, 12:53 pm

    I use natural cleaning products. Every little bit helps.

  • Liz August 19, 2013, 12:55 pm

    I have switched from baggies to reusable sandwich bags, and from plastic produce bags to reusable mesh ones. I’d love some dryer balls as well!

  • Heather August 19, 2013, 12:59 pm

    I have been trying to keep up with cleaning with natural cleaners so we don’t feel like we have to resort to harsh conventional cleaners when things get really dirty.

    I love the idea of essential oil scents as well. I don’t care either way but my fiance loves his dryer sheets. I hope I can break him of this habit. Thanks for the idea of an aluminium foil ball too.

  • Kristyn E. August 19, 2013, 1:00 pm

    We use natural cleaners, cloth diapers, and cloth wipes to help with chemical exposure to our baby. Natural cleaners also mean our home is safe for pets and little fingers that pick up everything. :)

  • jay k August 19, 2013, 1:08 pm

    I would love to have dryer balls – many people in my family have chemical sensitivities hence we are unable to use softeners and antistatic products. I have heard these work very well.

  • Melissa August 19, 2013, 1:14 pm

    What a fun giveaway! Thank you for this opportunity!

    In our home, we have started using vinegar and hot water to replace the commercial chemicals for carpet cleaning. Safer for the little ones and works better too!

    Thank you!

    Melissa

  • Amy Lumley August 19, 2013, 1:16 pm

    I have made my own laundry detergent, am using cloth diapers, and just use towels to drastically reduce the number of paper towels we use!

  • trisha kilpatrick August 19, 2013, 1:18 pm

    We locked up all cleaners and medication.

  • Renee H. August 19, 2013, 1:20 pm

    Changed to organics, locally-grown, pesticide free, hormone free, non-GMO foods. We take a more naturopathic method for everything now.

  • Krysten August 19, 2013, 1:20 pm

    Thanks for doing this giveaway! I’d love to win dryer balls! To make my house safer, I’ve de-cluttered and either sold or given away boxes and boxes of stuff, plus some pieces of furniture. Less stuff means fewer toys for me to trip over, less pointy-edged furniture for the LO’s to hurt themselves on (we kept the round-edged stuff), less that I have to clean and maintain, and more open play space!

  • Lindsey S August 19, 2013, 1:27 pm

    We’ve continued to use environmentally-friendly and all-natural laundry soap and cleaning products! These would be great!

  • Sarah M August 19, 2013, 1:28 pm

    I so want these! I am debating buying some or trying to DIY some. Winning them would be the best!

  • Dawn S. August 19, 2013, 1:29 pm

    The main changes I’ve been making around my house are the result of having two young dogs in the house. Most of these have been simple puppy-proofing changes, however we’re also trying to use more natural products and avoid chemicals as much as possible. I never realized how bad dryer sheets were, and love that there is a better solution to make my laundry soft and smell great.

  • Leanne Renouf August 19, 2013, 1:29 pm

    Love the sound of these.

    • Leanne Renouf August 19, 2013, 1:32 pm

      I am using green works products and lots of recycling.

  • Emily Grant August 19, 2013, 1:29 pm

    Started using green cleaning products!

  • Lee Ann Kaplan August 19, 2013, 1:39 pm

    I make my own laundry soap and use vinegar as softner.

  • ioana c. August 19, 2013, 1:40 pm

    we only use all natural cleaning products

  • cj August 19, 2013, 1:44 pm

    put door alarms on the doors

  • shandra August 19, 2013, 1:44 pm

    I switched to cloth diapers and wipes, huge difference!

  • tia albright August 19, 2013, 1:44 pm

    i have started to make my own cleaners with essential oils

  • Beth Rees August 19, 2013, 1:47 pm

    We actually make all of our own cleaners now with natural ingredients. It is nice to know I don’t need to worry about my little one getting into nasty chemicals

  • jan August 19, 2013, 1:49 pm

    We try very hard to stay away from GMO products

  • sarah issac August 19, 2013, 1:55 pm

    we switched to all natural cleaners

  • Sarah August 19, 2013, 1:56 pm

    I use safer cleaning products now.

  • Christine G August 19, 2013, 1:58 pm

    We’ve been working on safer cleaners in our home as well. I want the kidlets to be able to help clean!!
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  • Ingrid Echard August 19, 2013, 1:58 pm

    I cook mostly everything from scratch, we are using eco friendly detergent and I make my own. I sew our clothes out of eco friendly cotton whenever I can, we did away with fire retardant pjs and switched to glass containers to save our food in

  • Stephanie August 19, 2013, 2:03 pm

    I have started making my own cleaners to cut down on chemicals in my home!
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  • Rene August 19, 2013, 2:07 pm

    We use natural cleaning products – Woolzies would fit right in!

  • Shara T August 19, 2013, 2:28 pm

    I stopped buying chemical-laden cleaning products and make my own instead. We have a healthier home and a healthier budget.

  • Maureen August 19, 2013, 2:34 pm

    My six year old daughter has severe asthma so we only use natural cleaners, removed dryer sheets from the laundry and grew an organic vegetable garden.

  • Carrie August 19, 2013, 2:41 pm

    I am using green cleaning products.

  • Julie L. August 19, 2013, 2:43 pm

    We use itty bitty washcloths as “napkins” and we have a drawer full of rags for wiping up spills! It has significantly reduced our paper towel usage!

  • Kelly Hubbard August 19, 2013, 2:43 pm

    I have been using all natural cleaners

  • aurora s August 19, 2013, 3:20 pm

    We have been using more natural cleaners and going organic

  • Sabrina Dix August 19, 2013, 3:21 pm

    I purchase more natural and healthy products now

  • Angela Poplar August 19, 2013, 3:34 pm

    I would love to try these!!

  • Karla Sceviour August 19, 2013, 5:22 pm

    we recycle and try to eat better!

  • Kelly Kriefall August 19, 2013, 5:24 pm

    Locking the doors.

  • Tammy Dalley August 19, 2013, 5:28 pm

    I switched to everything natural, and unscented products!

  • Samantha L. August 19, 2013, 7:05 pm

    I grow as many organic veggies and herbs as I can! Need a bigger garden next year, and some fruit trees long term.

  • Lisa H. August 19, 2013, 7:23 pm

    I use natural cleaners. :)

  • Julie bolduc August 19, 2013, 7:28 pm

    Family Fire drills

  • Maggie August 19, 2013, 7:37 pm

    We use natural laundry soap more often and buy from a meat CSA once a year.

  • ELIZA E August 19, 2013, 7:47 pm

    I have added smoke detectors and check the lint all the time…can never be too safe.

  • Karen Evans August 19, 2013, 7:57 pm

    As a grandmother, I have never used anything but Viniger to clean things, like my windows, my floors (Always diluted with water..)my walls, anything in my way…lol. :)

  • Kristie D. August 19, 2013, 7:57 pm

    I use pesticide free ant and bug killer so my pets won’t get sick. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  • Alison K August 19, 2013, 8:10 pm

    The small changes I have made to make my home safer is I’ve made sure that we tidy up after ourselves so there aren’t any accidental falls, broken items & an overall sense of calm.

  • Aimee August 19, 2013, 8:12 pm

    I’ve started replacing harsh chemical cleaners with natural cleaners like vinegar and baking soda.

  • Melissa S August 19, 2013, 8:27 pm

    Ih ave been trying to clean with more green products and cooking less prepackaged food.

  • Violet Eton August 19, 2013, 8:30 pm

    I have homemade dryer balls but would love to replace them with these!

  • Dawn k August 19, 2013, 8:47 pm

    We recycle, try to each pure foods, and conserve.

  • Terri Herman August 19, 2013, 9:11 pm

    I have started using more natural cleaners.

  • Debra Hall August 19, 2013, 9:16 pm

    i grow a lot of our veggies

  • Mary D August 19, 2013, 9:45 pm

    We joined a CSA.

  • Emily W August 19, 2013, 10:59 pm

    We just bought and installed furniture anchors for all of the dressers, nightstands, and TV stands in our house in case little feet decide to climb in drawers. I would hate to have furniture injure one of our babies. We also started making our own detergent. I have always had outlet covers and cabinet door locks, so we just made sure they were all still in their spots.

  • Aimee Worley August 19, 2013, 11:23 pm

    I have replaced all of my smole alarm batteries.

  • Alyssa August 20, 2013, 12:26 am

    Recently installed a carbon monoxide detector

  • Donnas August 20, 2013, 6:32 am

    My daughter is now grown, but I did use cloth diapers on her, and I now try to use vinegar and baking soda as cleansers.

  • Jamie August 20, 2013, 8:44 am

    Bought several fire exstinguishers!

  • Shari August 20, 2013, 10:29 am

    I use only Dr. Bonners soap now.

  • Barbie August 20, 2013, 11:14 am

    I’ve been using natural cleaners.
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  • rod jackson August 20, 2013, 7:39 pm

    I’ve been eating healthier and organic

  • Emily August 20, 2013, 8:42 pm

    I use plug protectors because of my little one who is about to be crawling aorund!

  • Katie S August 20, 2013, 9:22 pm

    I’ve stopped using regular laundry detergents and started using more natural, eco friendly one’s like charlie’s soap

  • Noreen August 20, 2013, 10:41 pm

    We do t eat anything with GMOs
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  • Melissa B. August 21, 2013, 8:18 am

    We installed smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

  • Andrea August 22, 2013, 8:55 am

    We use safer cleaning products, such as Seventh Generation and Mrs Meyer’s Clean Day.
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  • tonya dreese August 22, 2013, 10:50 am

    I have rubber rooms in my house so my kids stay protected at all times. HAHA :)

  • martha avans August 22, 2013, 6:50 pm

    I’ve started using more natural cleaners. ([email protected])

  • Maggie Fout August 22, 2013, 11:27 pm

    We have been working on ridding our house of chemicals.

  • katherine d August 23, 2013, 11:44 am

    we’ve stopped using harsh chemicals for cleaners

  • David Carlson August 23, 2013, 10:35 pm

    I use air purifiers to make my home safer.
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  • Jill l August 24, 2013, 6:59 am

    I recently discovered soap nuts to replace laundry soap!! They’re awesome! I learned about them from stacymakescents.

  • sarah d August 24, 2013, 1:37 pm

    LOw VOC paint for us!

  • heather August 25, 2013, 6:28 pm

    we are using more natural cleaners in our home

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