Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Dry the safe and natural way. A Burger's Wool Dryer Balls Review & Giveaway



I was strolling through Root's Market in Lancaster County in July when a certain booth caught my interest. There was a couple there marketing their wool dryer balls, so I stopped to chat with them. As we talked, I told them about other wool dryer balls I've tried and reviewed for my blog. This caught their interest and by the time I walked away, I was the happy recipient of a set of six premium wool dryer balls to review.



Now, keep in mind that I rarely dry things in the dryer, especially during the summer. However, my husband does use the dryer, so my opinions here are mostly his. And my daughter, Jessica's, who had to "borrow" my washer and dryer last week to wash diapers. While she hangs many of her diapers on the line, she does like to toss her pre-folds in the dryer because they get too stiff on the line. Both my husband and my daughter told me that the laundry dries considerably faster with the Burger's dryer balls than it does using the six other wool dryer balls we'd been using previously. 

While I was at Root's, the Burgers explained to me why their dryer balls were superior to the popular other wool dryer balls I was using. I must say that the Burger's dryer balls had a different feel to them. They come in two sizes -- regular, which are 9.5"-10" in diameter, and premium, which are 11"-12". Both are made from the wool of brown sheep and contain no dyes.

Using the wool from a supplier in Lancaster County, Burger's Wool Dryer Balls are handmade by the couple, who live in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. The dryer balls are 100% sheep's wool. After several months of experimenting with various methods to make them, they eventually settled on a process to create what they believe is the best wool dryer balls out there. After trying several different kinds myself, I just might have to agree.

The husband and wife team started selling the product in June 2013 at farmers markets to see if there would be enough of an interest in their product. Fortunately, they found there was. They are available for purchase on their website, as well as in their first retail location at the gift shop at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon, PA.

Why do I love wool dryer balls? Because they are the most eco-friendly way of fluffing and softening your laundry while reducing static and cutting down on drying time when you use a clothes dryer. No one should ever, and I stress ever, use fabric softener. By adding one-half cup distilled white vinegar to your wash and using dryer balls in your dryer, you will eliminate some of the most volatile toxins in your home. Click here to read more about the dangers of fabric softeners.

If you truly desire scented laundry and it's one of the reasons you can't part with your dryer sheets, Burger's Wool Dryer Balls can be scented by adding a few drops of essential oil.

For families on a budget, dryer balls just make sense. Period. Rather than throwing money away on disposable dryer sheets or liquid fabric softener, you can buy a set of dryer balls and enjoy years of soft laundry. 

A set of dryer balls would be perfect as a bridal shower gift or a holiday gift for a family trying to make ends meet. The sets range in price from $35-$55. Plus, you'll feel good about your purchase knowing you are supporting a couple who is just getting started with a business of their own.

So, how would you like a chance to win a set of six premium wool dryer balls from the Burgers? Yeah, I thought you'd like that idea. Just enter below on the Rafflecopter.

Good luck.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I was not paid for this post. However, I did receive products to review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The opinions expressed are honest opinions which were not influenced by the company sponsoring the review and giveaway.

80 comments:

  1. 6 for medium load. Lori Davis.

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  2. My dogs ate my old dryer balls and I have yet to invest in a new set. I would love these!

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    1. And they didn't get sick, did they, Alicia? Let's hear it for natural and safe products!

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  3. You need 6 of the dryer balls for a medium to large load of laundry.

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  4. You need 6 for a medium load!

    I just started using another brand, these would be so great to try! Even my husband loves them!

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    1. I really couldn't believe the difference between Burger's and the other popular brand!

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  5. You need 6 dryer balls for a medium load of laundry. I would love to win this. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. I like the idea of scenting the dryer balls. Thanks for the giveaway

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  7. 6 balls are perfect for a medium load

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  8. You need 6 for a medium/large load. I have some really old beat up woolzies, we love them! It would be great to have a set to give a friend. Thanks for the chance!
    Lacey J

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  9. 6 for a medium load. I would love a fresh set of dryer balls, ours are ancient and well loved!

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  10. 6 for a medium load -- but more likely we should have 8 since we often do large loads! I only have 3 right now, so I'd love to win more.

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  11. You need 6 for a medium load! I have never tried these before, but would love to. I'm single with two kids & We could save some money by cutting down drying time without the use of chemicals!

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  12. You need 6 for a medium load. But thinking I would need 8 since we usually do large loads.

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  13. For a medium load, you need 6. Hope I win, I'd love to try these!

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  14. 6 for a medium load! I love this concept!!

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  15. 6 for a medium load. I can't believe you noticed a difference in brands. Were the dryer balls the same size. Why do you think there was a difference?

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    1. No, the premium balls I received were bigger. So maybe that's the reason. I just know the drying time has been reduced with these.

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  16. They require 6 for a medium load! :)

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  17. You need 6 for a medium load! :) As someone with ridiculously sensitive skin, I've never been able to use softeners/dryer sheets (besides towels never absorb after they've been waxed!). I'd love to have a set of these to use as we start into cloth diapering our little one due early next year!

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    1. Congratulations! And good for you for making the cloth diapering choice, Meg!

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  18. You need 6! I have ner tried dyer balls before but I would love to!

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  19. 6! I love that these are from PA sheep:)

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  20. 6 is the recommended number, but the more the merrier!

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  21. You need 6 for a medium load which is perfect because that's what the prize is!

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  22. 6 needed for a medium load.

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  23. You need 6 for a medium load! I would love to try these out!

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  24. 6 wool dryer balls for a medium load!

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  25. u need 6 for a medium load

    Beki Lozano

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  26. 6 Dryer Balls for a Medium Load of Laundry

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  27. 6 balls for a medium to large load.

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  28. 6 balls = medium to large load

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  29. LOL I love the free entry!
    "Baa Baa Black Sheep"

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  30. You would need 6 wool dryer balls

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  31. You need 6 balls for a medium load.

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  32. You need 6 balls! That sounds dirty.

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  33. You need 6 for a medium load of laundry.

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  34. 6 dryer ball will work for a medium load of laundry.

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  35. You need 6 for a medium load of laundry.

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  36. You need six for a medium load; thanks for the giveaway!

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  37. you need 6 dryer balls, though I prefer twelve.

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  38. You need 6 for a medium load...I only have one so far :(

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    1. Unfortunately, Erin, one doesn't do much good. Maybe you'll be adding six more soon!

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  39. 6 are used for a medium load. I currently have none :/

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  40. 6! I don't have any right now, and we are currently in the process of becoming natural and green as a family! These would certainly help!

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    1. Indeed they would. Good for you, Heather. Best wishes for success. Remember, it's one step at a time.

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  41. Woot I would love to give these a try!!

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  42. 6 for a medium load. I was just saying that I wished I could find a dryer ball that was sourced and made in the US. Thanks for the review GG!

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  43. I tried making dryer balls myself and FAILED! I really don't know how many I will need, but I want to start with at least three!

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  44. 6 for medium load, never used dryer balls would love to see how well these work

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  45. You need 6 balls for a medium sized load.
    Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!

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  46. you need 6 for a medium load. thanks for the giveaway!

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  47. You need 6 dryer balls for a medium load. I would love the opportunity to try these out!

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  48. Six balls for a medium to large load. Great review! I love the color of the wool.

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