Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on August 6, 2008
Laundry is just one of those things you can’t avoid. Sure, you can ignore it for a while, but the pile will continue to grow, and eventually you’ll be faced with an emergency situation. No matter how you look at it, the laundry will win out in the end – which means you’re better off facing it head on.
Part of my problem is the seeming waste of resources: all the water that’s used up, the gas that heats the dryer, the electricity, etc. But as they say: baby steps. Even one simple change can have a big impact. I do have to admit, though, that I’m a user of dryer sheets. And I also have to fess up to the fact that until recently – despite all my moaning about resources and waste – it never occurred to me that after I throw them away, those seemingly innocuous sheets end up in a landfill – and coat my clothes with carcinogens like benzyl acetate, limonene, and chloroform.
But that’s where dryer balls come in. They soften fabrics without chemicals and they’re eco-friendly. They can even reduce your drying time, which is even better. Two birds with one stone, as they say. According to Gaiam: “As your wet laundry tumbles in the dryer, these bumpy balls lift and separate fabric to make it soft and fluffy, and allow air to flow more efficiently.”
What the website doesn’t tell you is how many come in a set (the photo shows two, but that may simply be a design choice) or how many times you can reuse them. At $18 a set ($16 if you buy 2 or more), they might end up putting you in the poorhouse.
But hey, at least you’ll be wearing clean, chemical-free clothes, right?