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Saturday, July 14, 2012

WoolyROunds Review and Giveaway

I have used fabric softener and dryer sheets forever. I thought that it made my clothes smell much better and helped to keep that smell in. Who doesn’t like to pick up a shirt, put it on, and have it SMELL amazing? Well I couldn’t pass up on it, until I found out about all the nasty chemicals that they contain!

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry-generated Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) from the 1990s, the following is a list of chemicals in fabric softener products, most in untested combinations. Liquid fabric softeners additionally may contain formaldehyde.

  • Benzyl acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer.
  • Benzyl Alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant.
  • Ethanol: On the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list and can cause central nervous system disorders.
  • Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list.
  • Limonene: Suspected Gastrointestinal or Liver Toxicant, Immunotoxicant, Kidney Toxicant, Neurotoxicant, Respiratory Toxicant, and Skin or Sense Organ Toxicant.
  • Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled.
  • A-Terpineol: Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema, and central nervous system damage.
  • Chloroform: Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic.
  • Camphor: Causes central nervous system disorders.
  • Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders.


I really had absolutely no clue about all these chemicals until recently. When I found out about all those chemicals, I immediately started looking into an eco-friendly alternative to dryer sheets.


Woolyrounds immediately popped up in my search, so I asked to review and they said OF COURSE..

Whether you’re a wool dryer ball newbie like I am, or you are just looking to add some more wool balls to your stash- you should definitely check them out! They are amazing.

wool dryer balls?

Wooly Rounds are a sustainable alternative to dryer sheets that offer a simple, practical solution to using your clothes dryer more efficiently.

A wool dryer ball  is a ball of wool that is felted. You use it in your dryer to separate your clothes. Having a couple or more in your dryer creates constant motion. The constant motion allows air to circulate through your wet clothes to help them dry quicker. The more Wool Balls you have in the load of laundry, the less time it will take to dry.

The Wool fibers on the Woolyround balls absorb static. The static is absorbed into the ball, so it isn’t absorbed into your clothes. The friction of the balls against your clothes helps them keep soft NATURALLY. Wool also has the ability to absorb toxins and odors, so your clothes are fresher and smell better NATURALLY.

Woolyrounds also help to eliminate drying time. Depending on how many you have in the load, it can help to reduce drying time 10-25%. Every single Woolyround ball is made by hand using 100% local lanolin-rich wool.

These are a very safe alternative to dryer sheets. They are very high-quality and are very durable. These Woolyround balls are handcrafted in Maine. I love when products are made right here in the United States Winking smile

The Balls are the size of a tennis ball. They feel like a tennis ball as well. The wool on the balls aren’t itchy, they are actually quite smooth. They are easy to use and extremely better for your family.

I’ve had my set of Woolyrounds for about 2 months now. They don’t even look like they have been used, which is a huge plus. If you can switch, you they will pay for themselves in a very short amount of time. Each pack of dryer sheets are $3 are more.

A pack of 5 WoolyRounds- $36.25

A pack of 3 WoolyRounds- $22.50

Individual Woolyround – $8.00

Blue (light blue and cornflower),

Natural and Dark gray (colors will vary in packs of 5 and 3 and you can choose)

I am glad to have made the switch. For as long as I have been using them- my drying time has been cut 10% with towels and 20% with everything else. My clothes are soft, static free, and smell good. They are better for the environment as well as my kids’ clothes.

I am thankful to have gotten the chance to work with this amazing company! You can purchase these WoolyRounds online OR You can also purchase them from any of the the places listed below.

lean Bee Laundry, Camden, Maine

Home Remedies, Portland, Maine

Maine Cloth Diaper, Damariscotta, Maine

Jo Ellen Designs, Camden, Maine

Ruby Moon Laundry

Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique


Everything Birth

For Mom and Keiki

Bippy Diapers


Diaper Junction

Bean Tree Baby


About the creator of Woolyrounds:

I learned about wool dryer balls in 2009.  When we made the decision to cloth diaper our son, I realized that we would have to give up using dryer sheets.  At first I really was sorry to see them go.  They eliminated static, and added very fragrant smells to our laundry. 

But after doing some research, and learning about the harmful chemicals that are in dryer sheets and the negative impact they can have on clothes and on your dryer, I was happy to make a change and consider a more natural, healthy alternative.  That’s when I discovered wool dryer balls.  I purchased some online, they worked great and I started to see all the benefits that they offered, but the quality was lacking and only lasted a few months before they started to unravel.  So, I gave it a shot and tried to make some of my own.

I have a creative background and have always loved to make things so it was and is a lot of fun going through the trial and error stage to come up with a solid finished product.  During this time, I had taken New Ventures course through Women Work and Community and have known for awhile that I wanted to start and run my own business.  In October 2010, I launched WOOLY ROUNDS.  I love that this business is really about providing a sustainable alternative that will help protect your family’s health and that helps to reduce our impact on the environment.

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WIN IT: One lucky reader of Made.By.Jess will win a set of 4 WoolyRounds.

Disclosure: This isn’t a sponsored post, all products were sent for review purposes only. All opinions are 100% mine and completely honest.


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This post was written by:

Jess is the creator of Stylish Southern Mama + Southern Rambles. She is a freelance writer + designer, Social Media Marketer, and Journalist. She has 2 amazing kids, Aidan and Adisyn, and has been with their dad Adam for 12 years, and has 2 amazingly adorable dogs; Harley + Cheyanne! :)

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