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Dryer Balls & Essential Oils

Updated: Jan 20, 2022

A quick look at how to use dryer balls and essential oils instead of dryer sheets.


Laundry. We all do it, whether we like it or not. And here’s the thing: You probably do laundry like your mom does laundry. And she probably does laundry like your grandma does laundry. Wash with detergent and dry with dryer sheets.

It’s 2021, and it’s time we give our laundry routine a facelift. You might already be taking action to reduce your carbon footprint, like drinking from a reusable water bottle, bringing canvas bags to the grocery store or reusing glass or metal straws instead of plastic. Finding items you can use time and time again instead of tossing after one use saves you money and is good for the planet, so why not add one more quick switch to the mix?

Consider swapping out your box of dryer sheets for dryer balls. The average American household does 300 loads of laundry a year. That’s a pretty hefty stack of dryer sheets you could keep out of landfills by using dryer balls instead. Dryer balls also have other benefits, like increased drying efficiency and reduced chemical makeup.

Dryer Balls

If you’re ready to take a step in the right (and environmentally friendly) direction, purchase yourself a pack of wool dryer balls. There are many choices when it comes to purchasing dryer sheets and several reasons to choose wool. The wool is going to help soften your fabrics and dry them faster by retaining heat through the cycle. The dryer balls will also prevent your laundry from clumping together and reduce the amount of static left at the end of the wash. You can find dye-free, 100% wool dryer balls from Target here.

Essential Oils

Adding essential oils to your dryer balls is going to take your laundry game to the next level. Before you put a load of laundry in the dryer, each wool ball will need about three drops of any essential oil you prefer. Not sure which oil or oils to choose? Below is a short list with a few ideas to get you started.


This is a great oil for bedding, towels and other big linens. Eucalyptus is also known to calm your nerves. Shop here.


A classic clean scent. Lemon is a good choice to use during summer when you have that nice summer breeze blowing through your house. Shop here.


Known to have antidepressant, relaxing, and sedative properties, bergamot would be another good choice to use on bedding. Shop here.


One of the most common oils used in cleaning, laundry, and other household products. You can’t go wrong with lavender. Shop here.

The list of essential oil options could go on and on. The most important factor when picking an essential oil to use with your laundry is to make sure you like the scent. You can purchase all of these oils and more at with free in-store pickup or flat-rate shipping directly to your house!


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