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Alpaca Felted Wool Laundry Dryer Balls

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We all know that using a clothes dryer is not the most energy or cost-efficient way to dry your laundry, but when the weather is wet or we're in a hurry, we often don't have a choice!  Using our natural alpaca felted dryer balls can help save you time and money.


How Felted Wool Dryer Balls work

  • Felted Wool Dryer balls will disperse through laundry load, working to keep clothes separated making for fewer tangles. 

  • Created with natural wool, the felted alpaca balls will absorb moisture, reducing your drying time. 

  • Felted wool dryer balls can help reduce static and wrinkles in your clothes, especially those made from natural fibres.

  • Biodegradable and chemical free, felted wool laundry dryer balls are designed to replace single-use, plastic based dryer sheets.

  • Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to each ball to add a fresh, natural fragrance to your clothes. 

Why you should use felted wool dyer balls in your laundry

  • Single-use, artificially fragranced dryer sheets are made from synthetic materials that hang around forever, creating a huge impact on the environment by contaminating our food supply and waterways.  

  • Natural felted wool dryer balls are eco-friendly and biodegradable, at the end of their life they can be tossed into the garden or into the worm farm and be return back to the earth.  

  • Felted wool dryer balls can last for several years in the laundry with normal use. I still use my original set of dryer balls, some of which are a bit distorted and blown out in places, however they still work just fine!

  • Alpaca fleece is naturally hypoallergenic making it ideal for felted dryer balls, and unlike sheep's wool, it contains no lanolin which can sometimes emit a burnt, oily smell when heated.  

  • Our alpaca felted wool dryer balls are an environmentally-friendly and sustainable product, being made from the shorter alpaca fibres that are typically considered a waste product and thrown out. 

  • A zero-carbon product, our alpaca laundry balls are made using rain water heated by solar powered energy.   

    How to use your wool dryer balls

    Just throw them all in the dryer with your wet load of washing, and depending on what you're drying, adjust the timer down by around half an hour of what you'd normally set it for.  It's always best to underestimate so avoid over-drying your 

    Try adding a few drops of essential oil to each dryer ball beforehand, it will leave your laundry smelling fresh and the house will smell nice too! 

    Storing your alpaca wool dryer balls

    I leave my dryer balls in the dryer so they're always good to go.  Alternatively, you can use the box they came in to store your dryer balls.  

    How we make our alpaca wool dryer balls

    Our felted alpaca laundry balls are made using fleece from our own herd of alpacas.  The fleece has not undergone any chemical treatments, before or after shearing.   

    When our alpacas are shorn, the fleece is skirted and the saddle part (the good part!) is kept for hand spinning or sent away for processing in Victoria. 

    The skirt (outer edges, neck and legs) usually contains the shorter, coarser fibres, and this is what we keep for felting or composting.

    We only use pure rainwater and eco-friendly laundry detergent to felt our laundry balls.  We use solar powered hot water for the felting process and once dry, we trim each ball by hand to remove any long, loose fibres.   

    Our alpaca felted wool dryer balls are handmade, no two balls are the same in size or colour.  As a guide, sizes range from 7.5-9cm in diameter.

    Please note:
    Although we try to remove all stray fibres, sometimes we can miss one or two!

    We suggest refraining from using these balls with your favourite little black dress or pants (which you probably wouldn't be doing anyway!) until you've used the balls a few times.  This will ensure any loose fibres have been removed. 

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