Bog Berry Dryer Balls {Review & Giveaway}

 

Bog Berry Dryer Balls review {The Greening Of Westford}

 

Have you heard of wool dryer balls?  They are the eco-friendly replacement for dryer sheets that reduce drying time, soften clothes and eliminate static cling.  I tried making my own a couple of years ago and was not overly impressed.  I did see a decrease in static but didn’t see a decrease in drying time. 
 
I was fortunate to connect with Brooke of Bog Berry’s Wool Dryer balls to have a chance to test them out.  Let me tell you….   You know I am a DIY girl at heart, but in this case, BUY BOG BERRY DRYER BALLS!
 
These things work!  The softening capability was way better than my attempt!   Because you know the engineer in me needs hard data to really believe something, I started designing tests the second I knew these babies were coming.  Let me tell you how I tested the claims.  
 
 
Static And Softening Test
 
Purpose  To test the static busting and softening capabilities of Bog Berry Wool Dryer Balls.   
 
Materials  
 
 
  • Two identical loads of laundry each consisting  of – 

                 3 towels
                 3 pairs of jeans

                 3 items of fleece
                 2 microfiber cloths
                 2 napkins
 
 
  • 1996 Kenmore Electric Dryer
  • 6 Bog Berry Dryer Balls
 
Procedures
 
  1. Wash one load of laundry and dry WITHOUT dryer balls
  2. Observe static and softness
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 WITH Dryer balls
 
Results
 
No Dryer balls –  The microfiber cloth was completely stuck to the napkin.  I had to pull them apart and shake them to release the static.  Loads of static from the fleece too.   Clothes were the same in terms of softness as when they went into the wash.
 
With Dryer Balls – The microfiber cloth and napkin barely stuck to each other.  Our clothes were noticeably softer.
 
 
Drying Time Test
 
I wasn’t seeing a difference in dryer time in the first test, so I asked Brooke.  She told me that 6 is the minimum.  For a heavy load like I was doing I would need more (as many as 12) to see a noticeable difference.  I didn’t have 12, so I tried another test with a smaller, lighter load.
 
Purpose  To test the drying time reduction capability of Bog Berry Wool Dryer Balls.   
 
Materials  
 
  • Two identical loads of laundry each consisting  of – 

            1 pair of nylon running pants

            2 cotton shirts
            2 pairs of nylon shorts
            1 pair of cotton pants
 
  • 1996 Kenmore Electric Dryer
  • 6 Bog Berry Dryer Balls
 
Procedures
 
  1. Wash one load of laundry and dry WITHOUT dryer balls
  2. Measure dry time
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 WITH Dryer balls
 
Results
 
Without Dryer balls – drying time = 21 mins
With Dryer balls – drying time = 16 mins
 
That’s a 23% decrease in drying time!
 
 
Based on my 2 tests and having been using them for a couple of months, I have to say I like them and they work for us.    I calculated some savings.
 
Savings
 
No more dryer sheet cost  – $15 per year
Based on 10 loads per week, cost of $0.04 per sheet 
   savings = $15 per year
 
 
Electricity savings  – $57 per year
I used this handy calculator to figure out my savings using these parameters – 10 loads per week, cost of $0.15 KWh (specific to your area), and a savings of 23% which for me is about 10 minutes per load.
 

To gain these savings, I would need a set of 12 dryer balls.  This would cost $59 plus shipping. In less than a year, I can recoup this savings.  And you can’t even put a price on the reduction of chemicals.

 

As an added bonus, Brooke is originally a local girl from MA!
 
 
Giveaway
 
 
Bog Berry Handicraft is giving one Greening Of Westford reader a set of 6 wool dryer balls in the color palate of your choice. For the main entry, visit Bog Berry and let me know which is your favorite color combo.   This one doesn’t have to be done first but it does have to be done for all other entries to count.

This contest is only open to residents of the US and Canada, 18 years old or older. The contest will run from Friday March 29, 2013 thru Tuesday April 9, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be announced Wednesday April 10. The winner must reply within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.

There are additional ways you can enter:

 

Separate comments must be left here for each additional entry!

Also, please include your email with comments or if you’d rather, after you leave your main entry comment, email me at thegreeningofwestford(at)gmail(dot)com so I will have a way of contacting you if you win. You will have 48 hours after I contact you to send me your info or else I will choose another winner.

 
 
Coupon Savings
 
If you just can’t wait or would like to order more, Brooke is offering The Greening of Westford readers a 10% discount oany purchase 29.50 or higher  from her Etsy shop.
 
Use the code:  GreeningOfWestford  at her Etsy shop.  This code will only work at her Etsy shop not on the website.



UPDATE:  The winner is Katie of Littleton! Congratulations.
 
 
Have you ever tried dryer balls?
 
Disclosure: Bog Berry Handicraft provided me with a complementary set of 6 wool dryer balls for this product review.  The opinions expressed are mine.

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30 Responses to Bog Berry Dryer Balls {Review & Giveaway}

  1. Unknown March 29, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

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  2. Unknown March 29, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    My favorite colors? The Autumn Brights! 🙂

    Katie B. in Littleton (Don’t know why it won’t put my name/email in the comment header)

  3. Unknown March 29, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    Already follow @GreeningWestfor (@bunnums)

    Katie

  4. Unknown March 29, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    Following @bogberryhndmade (from @bunnums)

    Katie

  5. Unknown March 29, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    Already follow Greening of Westford on FB. Of course!

    Katie

  6. Unknown March 29, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    Also already subscribe via RSS. Even got you transferred to the new system after news that Google Reader is going away.

    Katie

    • Kristina (The Greening Of Westford) March 29, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

      Oh, I still have to do that!

    • Unknown March 30, 2013 at 1:29 am #

      I switched to using Feedly. You can point it at your Google Reader account and it finds everything – all your feeds, folders, starred items, everything. And they promise to have it all on their own servers before Google Reader goes away and you’ll never notice anything from the consumer end. I like that I can make Feedly look exactly like Google Reader if I want, or have it be more photographic/visual.

  7. Unknown March 29, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    Liked Bog Berry on FB. I’ll have to come back later to see if I can deal with the button. 🙂

    Katie

  8. Leela March 31, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    I would love to win these Kristina. I’d love to try them.

    Did the following:
    Follow @GreeningWestfor on Twitter and leave your @name (1 entry)
    Follow @bogberryhndmade on Twitter and leave your @name (1 entry)
    Like The Greening Of Westford on Facebook (1 entry)
    Like Bog Berry Handicraft on Facebook (1 entry)
    Subscribe by RSS to The Greening Of Westford (1 entry)

  9. What A Card March 31, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    Very neat product! I haven’t used dryer sheets in 7 or 8 years, so I wonder if I’d really marvel at how soft these make my clothes after so many years without! Went to their website–my favorite color set is the Pretty Heather.

  10. What A Card March 31, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    Just liked Bog Berry Handcrafts on facebook!

  11. What A Card March 31, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    And of course I already like my favorite green living site on facebook (that’s you!). Have to skip the twitter and RSS entries, though, as I don’t use those.

  12. Shane Shirley-Smith April 3, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    I did the first four!!

  13. Lori Daniele April 3, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    I like the Heather! These sound fantastic, and since we have 3 children, 2 dogs and 2 cats – we have tons of laundry, so I could really use the savings!

  14. Lori Daniele April 3, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    I am now following the Greening of Westford!

  15. Lori Daniele April 3, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    I am now following @bogberryhndmade !

  16. Lori Daniele April 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    I “liked” The Greening of Westford on Facebook.

  17. Lori Daniele April 3, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    I “liked” Bog Berry Handicraft on Facebook!

  18. Lori Daniele April 3, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    I subscribed by RSS to The Greening Of Westford!

  19. Brooklyn April 3, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    I love the pretty heathers!

  20. Brooklyn April 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    I liked Bog Berry Handicraft on FB

  21. Brooklyn April 3, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    I subscribed to RSS feed of The Greening Of Westford

  22. Brooklyn April 3, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    I liked The Greening Of Westford on FB

  23. Colleen McKenzie April 3, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    My favorite colors are the Pretty Heathers.

  24. Colleen McKenzie April 3, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

    Followed the Greening of Westford on Facebook.

  25. Colleen McKenzie April 3, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

    Followed Bog Berry Handicraft on Facebook.

  26. Colleen McKenzie April 3, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

    Subscribed to the RSS feed of The Greening of Westford.

  27. AT April 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    I like the pretty heathers set.

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