So, if you’ve been using cloth diapers, you likely already know that you shouldn’t use commercial dryer sheets in the dryer. But why?
Quite simply it’s because the chemical filled substance that makes the dryer sheet feel waxy is designed to melt with the dryer’s heat and disperse all over your clothing, thus reducing static and adding a long lasting scent. When it comes to your diapers, that waxy stuff coats your diapers and causes a residue that will build up and make your diapers repell. What does that mean? LEAKS!
Actually, you're not supposed to use dryer sheets on kids clothing at all. If you look at the back of a box of dryer sheets, this is what you’ll see…
Comforting right? Labels like this are one reason why our family doesn’t use dryer sheets for any of our laundry. Diapers included.
So what to do? Well, you can use nothing in your dryer if you wish. Or, consider re-useable wool dryer balls.
There are some lovely benefits to using wool dryer balls. Aside from softening all your clothing, being all natural in material and reducing some static, they also help reduce the drying time of your load by circulating clothing so it’s more exposed to hot air all around and by absorbing some moisture themselves. The more balls the merrier, however to give you an idea, a 4 pack will reduce dry time by aprox. 25% and 8 will cut your dry time by about 40% for an average load. How long do they last? They last for years and, if colored, the color won't transfer onto clothing (even whites) plus hey, they’re adorable are they not?
So, ditch the dryer sheets and consider an eco-friendly, baby friendly, cloth diaper friendly dryer solution instead.