Why I Switched to Wool Dryer Balls

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Why I Switched to Dryer Balls

Have you made the switch yet to using less toxic chemicals in the laundry room?

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, formaldehyde, nonylphenol, and dichlorobenzene are just a few of the many toxic ingredients that can be found in laundry detergent and dryer sheets, even ones that claim to be green from reputable companies. These have been know to have serious side effects including causing cancer, respiratory distress, asthma, skin irritants. Chemical fragrances are being piped into the air you breathe through the dryer vent. Are those risks you want to take with your health?

Although I have yet to take the plunge into making my own laundry detergent, (but I am sure it is coming soon) I am taking steps to make smarter choices. I use vinegar as a fabric softener that also helps to keep clothes smelling fresh. Adding wool dryer balls and aluminum foil balls  to the dryer to help keep static at bay and to help soften clothes.


  • Make sure the wool dryer balls aren’t made with tennis balls or plastic
  • If you don’t know what an ingredient is, a quick google search will help you yield an answer.


What products have you tried to make cleaning laundry less toxic? Can’t wait to hear from you!

Until next time,

Essentially Mel Signature

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