Why did my Dryer Balls crack?

Why did the tips turn back?

How long do Dryer Balls last?

Why would I use Dryer Balls instead of dryer sheets?

How can I get fresh scented laundry without dryer sheets?

I get asked lots of questions about the Norwex Dryer Balls and the Fluff & Tumble Dryer Balls.  Hopefully this post will answer any questions you might have about our beloved Norwex Dryer Balls.

Why would I use Dryer Balls instead of dryer sheets?

Answer: According to Scientific American, “traditional dryer sheets and liquid fabric softeners contain some of the most harmful ingredients, including; benzyl acetate (linked to pancreatic cancer), benzyl alcohol (upper respiratory irritant), ethanol (linked to central nervous system disorders) and chloroform (a neurotoxin and carcinogen).  As our clothes cover our skin, these ingredients are both inhaled as well as absorbed into our skin.” Norwex’s dryer balls offer a chemical free option…. isn’t that wonderful!!!

Why did my green Dryer Balls crack?

Answer: The green Dryer Balls are made from a high-grade PVC plastic that is sensitive to change in temperature.  It expands in the heat and contracts in the cold.  The reason Dryer Balls crack is because someone (probably not you) likely left the Dryer Balls in the dryer on a cold day. Think about it, if you leave you dryer balls in the barrel of your dryer they will get cold — almost as cold as outside due to the outside vent attached to your dryer.  When you turn your dryer on, it gets hot quickly, causing a drastic temperature change in the dryer ball, sometimes enough to cause it to crack.  Solution?  Store you dryer balls in your laundry basket.question 1

Why did my green Dryer Ball tips turn black? Are they ruined? Will they stain my clothes?

Answer: Green Dryer Balls will slowly take on the colour from clothing, therefore, turning the tips dark.  Don’t worry, they still work like they did when the tips were bright green.  In fact, in my house, we have been using the same Dryer Balls for the past 10 years and they are still doing their job!  The Dryer Balls will not stain your lighter clothing either… so even if they aren’t as pretty as they used to be, they don’t need replacing.burnt

Why do I still get static?

Answer: Static is caused because hot items are chasing each other around in a confined space… it is physics.  The reason that traditional dryer sheets work to reduce static is that they coat the clothing with chemicals which stops them from sticking together.  The Norwex Dryer Balls add space clothing to allow for quicker drying (saving you electricity costs & reducing wrinkles) and therefore static can occur if you over dry your laundry.  A few static-reducing tips: Reduce your drying time by 25%.  Reduce your drying temperature. Remove light weight or synthetic fibers as soon as they are dry, or wash similar fibers together so they dry evenly.

How can I add a fresh scent to my laundry?

Answer: The Norwex Fluff & Tumble Dryer Balls are made from 100% natural wool and are perfect for adding pure essential oils to your laundry for added scent and medicinal benefits. How? After your laundry is dry, remove 2 of the Fluff & Tumble Dryer Balls and apply 2 drops of pure essential oil (like Lavender) onto each ball.  Simply rub the Dryer Ball in your hands and toss back in on the air fluff cycle (so you don’t damage the oil) for 10 minutes. Your laundry will smell heavenly.

For heavy soiled and smelly laundry – like from pig or dairy farmers, oil field workers, urine scent from working with children or geriatric patients and even bad sweat scent from working or your workout clothes – there is Odour Eliminator. Just place one capful of this amazing enzyme-based cleaner in with your wash cycle and it will remove all unwanted scent.

Which Dryer Ball is better? The green Dryer Ball of the Fluff & Tumble?

Answer: Check out this previous post for a comparison of Norwex’s Dryer Balls.

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Norwex Dryer Balls a wonderful, effective, environmentally-friendly tool to reduce the chemicals in your laundry room. Have any more questions not covered here?  Leave a comment!

Resource: Fabric Softener versus Dryer Sheets, Scientific American, Dec. 10, 2008, http://www.scientificamerican.com


Delores VandenBoogaard is an Independent Norwex Sales Consultant from Edmonton, Alberta Canada with customers and consultants throughout Canada and the United States including; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, North West Territories and Ontario. She also has customers and team members in; Michigan, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Washington, New Hampshire, Iowa and Maine.