Norwex Dryer Balls – Review
Whether you currently use fabric softener, dryer sheets, or nothing at al in your dryer, you need Norwex dryer balls!
These little guys cost a minimal amount, replace all forms of fabric softener, and generally last 3-5 years. They are made from a rubbery-feeling plastic (like a dog’s squeaky toy) and can be used on all fabrics. Their job is to reduce drying time and to soften fabrics naturally without the use of chemical fabric softeners. Norwex describes their dryer balls work this way: “Centrifugal force lifts and separates clothes allowing air to flow more efficiently, reducing dryer time. They are non-toxic and allergy-free; reduce lint on fabric; make ironing easier; soften fabrics; and reduce drying times by 25%.”
WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT FABRIC SOFTENER?
Well, first, fabric softeners are expensive to buy. But much more importantly than that: Although they may make your clothes feel soft and smell “fresh”, fabric softener and dryer sheets are some of the most toxic products in the average home. I talk in more detail about the toxicity of dryer sheets/fabric softener in THIS POST.
IN A NUTSHELL:
The Norwex dryer balls work exactly as described. I find my clothes, sheets, towels, etc. are not as full of static, and they dry faster than without the balls. In terms of the amount of static in my clothes after I’ve used the dryer balls, I’d say it’s on par with when I use a fabric softener or a dryer sheet.
Exception: I don’t feel the dryer balls really do the job for fleece. I find that anything fleecy comes out with a fair bit of static in it, which I hate, so I still keep a small box of Shaklee dryer sheets in my laundry room for occasions when I dry anything made of fleece (like my fleece sheets). They’re veggie based, fragrance free and they’re biodegradable.
NOTE: Norwex dryer balls don’t like extreme cold. In the winter months, remove them from the dryer between loads. Otherwise, they can just sit in there all the time.
DRYER BALL Q&A
But I don’t use fabric softener, so why would I need Norwex dryer balls?
Although you don’t NEED the dryer balls, they are a wonderful addition to a laundry room make-over! You will love how your laundry feels after it’s been dried with the Norwex dryer balls. Your clothes won’t have as much static, and they will dry more quickly. Also you will find that you will be able to drastically reduce the amount of ironing you need to do (because the clothes don’t get all bunched up while they’re drying).
I have a BIG dryer, and really full loads of laundry. Is one set of dryer balls enough?
I have the same dilemma, especially sine we purchased our new HUGE washer and dryer set. I’ve found that I need more than one set of dryer balls to really make a substantial difference in drying time and static. I’m actually using 3 sets (total of 6 balls) in my dryer right now, and I’m finding a big difference from when I only used the one set. Keep in mind, that my loads are BIG… for people who would have smaller machines and smaller loads of laundry, the one set of Norwex dryer balls would enough. Remember that it’s still WAY more economical to buy 3 sets of dryer balls than it is to continually use dryer sheets or liquid fabric softener.
How do Norwex dryer balls compare to the other (less expensive) dryer balls on the market?
Another Norwex Consultant who worked at the Edmonton Women’s Show this past spring, said that many people who visited the Norwex booth commented that they had tried dryer balls before (not Norwex) and that they hadn’t really liked them. In talking to these people, it turned out that they were buying spherical dryer balls of some sort. Norwex dryer balls are oval in shape rather than round, and according to my own experience and also the testimonials of my numerous Norwex dryer balls customers (groupies), I think this must make a difference to how effective they are. Maybe a reader out there can comment on why oval might work better than round?
I bought a set of Norwex Dryer Balls, and after using them for a while, the little nubbys have started to discolor – they’ve turned a blueish purple color. Is this normal and is the dark color from the nubs going to rub off on my white laundry?
The discoloration of the dryer ball nubby’s is completely normal, and it happens quite quickly after you start using them, especially if you wash and dry lots of dark denim. The darkening of the nubs is from the dyes in the dark loads of laundry rubbing off on the dryer balls. Thankfully, the color from the dryer ball nubs won’t transfer onto your whites. I’ve had my set of dryer balls for close to 5 years, and have never had a problem with color transference.
In my opinion, these are, without a doubt, a 5 star rated Norwex product, and I wouldn’t hesitate to tell anyone, BUY THEM!
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