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How to Safely Sanitize Your Home – It Starts With the Laundry Machine


How to Safely Sanitize Your Home - It Starts With the Laundry Machine

Use Air Purifying Bags

Keeping a clean home is important for your physical, as well as mental health. But where do you begin?

Believe it or not, the best place to start is your laundry room! It makes sense, really, because your washing machine is your first line of defense when it comes to dirt, grime, and whatever else ends up on your clothes.

Then the dryer helps to keep your clothes from molding while killing additional pathogens with heat. All of this can take a toll on your washer and dryer, though, and you may not even know it! Here are a few tips for getting your home spick and span, starting with the laundry room.

Use Air Purifying Bags

If you are not using Air Purifying Bags, you are missing out! Air Purifying Bags help you safely eliminate things such as moisture and mildew.

These can be especially big issues in a laundry room where your washer and dryer are constantly in contact with water. Air Purifying Bags use activated charcoal to purify and dry the air. This is much better for the health and safety of your family than air fresheners. Air fresheners can contain harmful chemicals and irritating smells.

Air Purifying Bags clean the air while sparing your household from these harmful chemicals. They can be used all over your house too!

Use washing machine cleaning tablets

Washing machines are absolutely wonderful, but a lot of people do not know how to clean their washing machines properly.

This can lead to buildup and mold growth. So how do you clean a dirty or moldy washing machine, then keep it up? Use washing machine cleaning tablets once a month.

The tablets are made from detergents and eco-friendly cleaning agents, so you’ll know your washer is being cleaned well (preventing pathogens like mold from growing), while not introducing bad chemicals into your home.

Use a vinegar solution to sanitize surfaces

There are many cleaners on the market that promise to kill germs on every surface, but yet again, they can be full of super harmful chemicals.

You do not want those chemicals all over the surfaces where you make dinner, clean your baby’s pajamas, or wash your hands. That is why you should try using a solution that is a mix of water and distilled vinegar.

There is some debate as to the best ratios for cleaning, but you cannot go wrong with the pureness of this solution when it comes to cleaning the hard surfaces in your laundry room–or any other room in your home, for that matter.

Keeping a clean laundry room can really affect the overall health and well-being of your home, and keep in mind, you are always wearing the results of a washing and drying job done well. So be sure to keep the washer and dryer spick and span for the health and well-being of your home and family.



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Psst… The Secret To Having Your House Smell Amazing


Psst... The Secret To Having
Your House Smell Amazing

Sometimes our houses just stink. It is a sad reality, but it is something we all have to deal with. You do not have to live with it, though! There are a few things you can do to clean things up and make everything smell better. Here are a few tips to make your house smell fresh and clean!

Step Outside

​Sometimes your house can stink without you even knowing. We get used to the smells and air inside our homes, and when someone walks in the front door, things might smell, well… a bit funky. That is super embarrassing, especially if you have no idea they are smelling last night’s leftovers and the three dirty diapers in your trash can. So while you are cleaning, step outside for a few minutes and get some fresh air. It is good for you, and when you walk back in, you will be less used to the smells in your house and more able to identify and eradicate the smelly culprits.​

Keep Your Washing Machine Clean

A lot of people forget that a washing machine can make their home smell pretty bad, and it can actually be a health hazard if your washer is moldy. It is important to learn how to clean your washing machine properly, and to clean it at least once a month. It can be as easy as just popping in a washing machine cleaning tablet. That’s right! Using cleaning tablets can help you eliminate anything that might be causing an odor in your washer. Cleaning tablets even clean the spots that you might not see and be able to get to.
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Air out your house

If you are not airing out your house daily, it might be getting a bit stuffy. Fresh air is good for you, and it can do wonders for the smell of your home. So be sure to open a few windows and doors every day and let in a little fresh air for a few minutes.

Use Air Purifying bags

Have you heard of an air purifying bag? If you have not, your dark, stuffy closet will thank us! Air purifying bags help eliminate moisture and mildew. They leave rooms smelling fresh and ready to go without much work at all.

Clean your sink daily

This may seem like a no-brainer, but when was the last time you deep cleaned your sink? Your sink can be a receptacle for everything from raw chicken juices to dirt from your child’s soccer jersey that you are soaking. It is a place set aside for cleaning stuff, but sometimes doesn’t get a lot of cleaning love itself. Every night when you finish using your sink, make sure you clean it. All that dirty gunk can build up, can look bad, and can smell worse. All you need to use is soap and hot water, and your kitchen and laundry room will smell way better than it ever has.

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The Best Substitute for Dryer Sheets

The Best Substitute for Dryer Sheets

If you are looking for an alternative to dryer sheets, you should consider trying dryer balls.

Let’s face it, dryer sheets can be great. They soften your clothes and make them smell fresh. They are also super easy to use; Simply toss one in, and you are done! However, they can also be problematic. Sometimes people have allergic reactions to dryer sheets, which can cause issues. 

Even if you do not have an allergic reaction, you might be concerned about what is actually in the dryer sheets. The truth is, many dryer sheets are full of chemicals. Chemicals which can be harmful to your family and home. 

If you are looking for an alternative to dryer sheets, you should consider trying dryer balls. Have you heard of them? Let’s talk a little more about dryer balls and the benefits of using them instead of dryer sheets.

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What is a dryer ball?

To start, let’s talk about what a dryer ball is. Dryer balls are small wool balls that you can place in the dryer, along with your wet clothes. They roll around with your clothes as they dry, and they help reduce wrinkles, reduce static, make your clothing softer, and are reusable.

How does a dryer ball work?

Simply toss them in! The bigger the load, the more laundry balls will be needed for the best results. Once placed in your dryer with your wet clothes, dryer balls, like dryer sheets, make items softer and can remove wrinkles. Dryer balls do this by breaking up your laundry and by not allowing it to clump up as it dries.

How do dryer balls compare to dryer sheets?

Dryer sheets smell great, and you may love the way they make your clothes feel. However, one of the biggest complaints about dryer sheets is that the chemicals and scents in them can cause skin irritation. Even if you think you are not being affected by the chemicals, it is hard to know what their effects can be over time. Dryer sheets are also, unfortunately, one time use. Dryer balls on the other hand, are made of wool, so they do not incorporate harsh chemicals into your washing routine. They are also reusable. So if you have had a bad reaction to dryer sheets in the past, or you just are not comfortable with the chemicals they give off, dryer balls might be the perfect solution for you

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4 Ways to Make Your Clothes Soft & Cuddly

4 Ways to Make Your Clothes Soft & Cuddly

Use dryer balls as part of your washing routine

Dryer balls are a wonderful, reusable alternative to dryer sheets. They keep your clothes soft, help get rid of wrinkles, and even reduce the time it takes for your items to dry.

Though dryer sheets can make your clothes soft, they are often full of chemicals, and you can only use each sheet once. So get yourself a set of reusable, chemical-free dryer balls to help get your laundry the softest it has even been. 

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Clean your washing machine once a month

If your laundry is not coming out soft or smelling fresh, your washing machine might be dirty. Over time, washers can grow mold, mildew, and other pathogens. It is important to clean your washer once a month.

Some people like to clean the drum with vinegar, run the washer in a super hot cycle, or use washing machine cleaning tablets. Washing machine cleaning tablets are designed to get rid of the residue in your washer, and they even clean places you might not be able to reach or see!

Be picky about your detergent

Sometimes clothes come out of the washer feeling hard, crunchy, or just not soft. This might be because you are using too much detergent.

Make sure you are using a detergent that suits your needs. Consider switching if it is not, and double-check that you are measuring your detergent with the included cup. Using too much detergent can actually wear out your clothing, as well as leave stains on your clothes or prevent your washing machine from draining completely.

Use fabric softener or vinegar

Some people swear by fabric softeners, and fabric softeners can do wonders for dirty, smelly, rough laundry. However, sometimes too much is being used, and it could potentially irritate your skin. So some people use vinegar in their wash instead.

Vinegar will not stink up your laundry, and it magically makes things softer. For example, if your towels seem to not have much fluff left to them, you can revitalize them by washing them in vinegar! The towels will come out feeling soft, fluffy, non-vinegary, and like brand new. Vinegar can be magical when it comes to cleaning and softening all sorts of laundry.

Be sure to follow these tips and keep an eye on the cleanliness of your laundry room and tools. This can make a big difference in the cleanliness and feel of your laundry.

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The Cure for Static Cling

The Cure for Static Cling

Are you tired of having to pull apart your socks, underwear, shirts, and sheets when you remove them from the dryer? Or putting something on only to find it clinging to your body?

Unfortunately, we’ve all experienced the problem of stubborn static cling. But what causes it, and what’s the best way to eliminate it?

What Causes Static Cling?

Static electricity is the result of an imbalance between negative and positive charges in an object. These charges build up on the surface until they find a way to discharge. Negative charges transfer when certain materials rub against each other.

This is what happens in your dryer. Items are tumbling around and rubbing up against each other, building up an electrostatic charge.

One more step for static cling to happen – when charged electrons aren’t strong enough to repel their same-charged electrons (i.e., positive to positive or negative to negative), they cling to each other.


Here’s how to deal with static cling:

Preventing Static Cling

1. Wash synthetic and natural fabrics separately.

Synthetic fabrics such as polyester and nylon are a significant cause of static cling, so wash them separately. Natural materials like cotton and wool don’t collect electrical charges by themselves, but when mixed with synthetics, they take them on.

2. Hang clothes outside or on a drying rack.

Avoiding the dryer altogether will eliminate static cling.

3. Reduce drying time.

Leave clothes a little damp and then hang them up to finish drying.

4. Use dryer sheets in the dryer.

Those great smelling dryer sheets have been around for decades, imparting scent and some softness to our clothing. Ironically, the sheet material itself is a synthetic, which guarantees not all static will be removed anyway.

And unfortunately, most dryer sheets contain chemicals that transfer to your skin, which may cause an allergic reaction.

If you love DIY projects, you can make your own dryer sheets without harmful chemicals.

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Removing Static Cling

1. Use a small safety pin.

Fasten a small safety pin to the hem of a garment. Metal helps discharge electricity.

2. Use hairspray.

You can spray a bit of hairspray on the inside of your clothing to counteract static cling. Yes, you will smell like your hairspray but good to know in an emergency.

3. Use aluminum foil balls.

Squeeze some aluminum foil into baseball-size balls to add to your dryer load.

They will discharge the electricity but will also make the dryer cycle very noisy. And they won’t do anything to soften your clothes.

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The Best Way to Eliminate Static Cling

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These wool dryer balls will eliminate static cling and soften your laundry load.

Additional Benefits Include:

Faster drying time.

Dryer Boost dryer balls separate your clothes as they tumble, increasing airflow for faster drying. And shorter drying time means less cost to run your dryer.

Reduces wrinkles and softens your clothes.

All naturally! Made from 100% Premium New Zealand wool, Dryer Boost dryer balls are reusable, chemical-free, and odor-free.

Easy to use.

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Do You Have Multiple Chemical Sensitivity?

Do You Have Multiple Chemical Sensitivity?

We hear a lot about chemical sensitivity today, but what is it? And is it real?

With more than 80,000 commercial chemicals in use today, most of which have not been thoroughly studied, it's a growing concern. Also, little is known about both the long-term effects of individual chemicals and the synergistic effects of multiple chemicals in one product.

What is Chemical Sensitivity?

Known as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), it is a condition characterized by a heightened sensitivity to chemicals. People who have MCS become sick when they are exposed to a wide variety of chemicals, many of which are commonly used in our homes. Some people have mild chemical sensitivities, while others have more severe sensitivities and reactions.



Is It Real?

There is much debate about whether it is a clinical diagnosis or not, and it has become a controversial issue. However, those who suffer from it have no doubt.

There are some in the medical community, including the American Medical Association, who say it is not. There are even some who believe these symptoms are physical manifestations of psychiatric illness rather than a primary medical illness. Their issue is with the levels of chemical exposure necessary to affect people.

But others in the medical community agree that multiple chemical sensitivity is a negative physical reaction to certain chemicals.

In the meantime, organizations have been established to help those suffering from MCS.

What Can Trigger a Reaction?

Following are some common triggers for a person with MCS:


Cleaning Products


Laundry Products






What are the Symptoms?

The symptoms can vary from one person to another, but most sufferers experience one or more of the following:

Extreme Fatigue




Sore Throat

Poor Concentration

Muscle and Joint Pain

Burning, Stinging eyes

Sleeping Difficulties

What Can You Do About It?

Examine labels. Be a detective and pay attention to what triggers you.

Limit your exposure to chemical-laden products as much as possible and switch over to ones that are scent-free, chemical-free, and all-natural. There are many DIY recipes online if you want to try making your own natural products.

One area you can begin in is the laundry room.

Safe Laundry Room Products

Keep your washing machine clean and free of odor-causing mold and mildew by cleaning it regularly with our OdorCrush Washing Machine Tablets. They make the job easy, quick and inexpensive: once a month just drop in a tab and run it through a hot water cycle - that's it!

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For the dryer cycle, we offer Dryer Boost dryer balls that are the best on the market. Made from 100% natural, Premium New Zealand wool, they are unscented with an added bonus of reducing dryer time.

And stay tuned as we continue to develop new laundry products that care for your laundry - and you - in a safe, fragrance- and chemical-free way.

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A Man’s Guide to Doing Laundry

A Man's Guide to Doing Laundry

Let’s be honest:

Most men hate doing laundry. Why? Well, there can be many reasons, but one big reason is simply a lack of knowledge. Men aren’t typically taught how to do laundry.

So, let’s look at the steps to make laundry day at least less painful, if not an actual breeze.


1. Schedule laundry time.

Allocate a specific day and time to do your laundry so it’s a no-brainer – no excuses, just do it.

2. Separate Items.

Sort everything out at laundry time. You’ll have one load for whites, one for colors, and one for socks and underwear.

3. Check Pockets.

Yes, really. Look through every item with a pocket. It’s worth it! All it takes is overlooking something important or expensive just one time…

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The Washing Process

1. Use less product.

Repeat after me:
"More is not better." It's true about good food, medicine, and laundry detergent. Using too much will actually produce the opposite effect and leave your clothes permeated with laundry detergent and likely requiring a re-wash. Not what you want to be doing with your time.

2. Choose water temperature wisely.

Save the hot water cycle for clothes that need it, like socks, underwear, and pre-treated extra dirty clothes. Everything else can use cool or cold water.

3. Remove clothes promptly.

Don't let the clothes sit in the washing machine too long or they may begin to take on a damp, musty odor, as well as encourage wrinkles to set in.


The Drying Process

1. Clean the lint filter.

Do this before every single load. A clogged lint filter restricts airflow, which will not only increase drying time but is a fire hazard.

2. Use a lower dryer temperature.

Here again, less is more. High temperatures are hard on fabric; at best high temperatures will degrade your clothing more quickly, and at worst will shrink wool and cotton fabrics. Go with Medium or Low heat.

3. Use dryer balls.

There are many benefits to using unscented, all-natural wool dryer balls. For example, they:

  • Save you drying time by separating items and increasing airflow
  • Save you money because they will last through thousands of loads
  • Contain no fragrance. Now you don’t have to walk around smelling like Wildflowers or a Day at the Beach are healthier. Unscented dryer balls contain no harmful fragrance or other chemicals to irritate your skin
    remove static and wrinkles. That means less (or no) ironing for you.
  • Dryer Boost Premium New Zealand wool dryer balls work hard so you don’t have to.

4. Empty the dryer quickly.

Leaving the load to sit will only cause wrinkles and even give them a musty smell if they haven't completely dried.

That's all there is to mastering laundry day, men. If the great and legendary Eric Clapton can do this humble chore, so can you!


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Seven Tips for Maintaining Your Dryer

Seven Tips for Maintaining Your Dryer

It’s important to keep your dryer running smoothly and efficiently. Not only are dryers expensive to replace, but it can be dangerous to ignore basic, regular, and simple maintenance.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year, causing an average of five deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Additionally, failure to maintain a clean dryer is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires at 34 percent.


Here are seven tips to help maintain and prolong the life of your dryer:

1. Clean out the lint screen after every load.

This can be done with a vacuum or by hand. You may also want to occasionally use the vacuum’s hose to get a little deeper into the lint trap airway to remove lint that may be a little farther down.

2. Wash the lint screen every three months

Use a soft brush and warm, soapy water and allow the screen to air dry before replacing it. This is especially important if you use fabric sheets, as the chemical coating leaves a residue on the lint screen. Even if you can’t see it, it’s there. This residue not only restricts the flow of air, but the sheets can get sucked into the lint screen, causing an additional fire hazard with the resulting lack of air circulation.

3. Inspect the dryer exhaust duct/hose

This is often a crinkly, foil type of tubing. Look for tears, crimps, and obstructions. Lint builds up in the exhaust hose as well as inside the dryer, so get into the habit of cleaning it out every six months. The foil type of tubing is particularly prone to lint build-up and is highly flammable by itself.

4. Clean the outside vent

Inspect the vent cover to make sure it is clean and clear of cobwebs or any other obstruction. Proper airflow is critical to efficiency and safety.

5. Don't overload it

If the load is too full it will take longer to dry, using more energy and possibly not drying items all the way, leading to that musty smell. Hint: use natural wool dryer balls to help separate and aerate the load, allowing it to dry faster.

6. Vacuum around, under, and behind your dryer

It is important to keep that area clean of dirt and excess moisture, so the air will be able to circulate freely. Every three months should be enough unless you notice a build-up.

7. Clean the inside and outside of your dryer

Dryers build up a lot of lint and dust on the outside as well as the inside. Use a gentle cleaner on both the exterior surface and interior drum.


These are simple but effective ways to keep your dryer running safely and efficiently. Take note if your clothes seem to be taking longer to dry than usual and go through the above steps. If that doesn’t correct the problem, it just may be time to replace your dryer.

If you’re looking for all-natural laundry room products that are chemical- and fragrance-free, we have gentle and effective solutions that you will love! At Odor Crush we help keep your laundry room – and your laundry – smelling fresh and clean, naturally

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7 Tips to Maintaining Your Washing Machine

7 Tips to Maintaining Your Washing Machine

A healthy and clean washing machine will save you money by prolonging the life of the machine, and by doing a better job of cleaning your dirty laundry.

And who doesn’t want to save money – in any economy, right? A little prevention and care now can pay big dividends in the long run. New laundry machines are expensive, so of course, you want yours to last as long as possible.

Perform Regular Maintenance

So, if your washing machine is still running fine and you’re happy with it, here are seven inexpensive things you can do to help keep it that way.

1.     Check water hoses. Look for cracking, fraying, or bulging hoses, as well as leaks around the ends. Replace hoses as needed or every three to five years. You don’t want a little leak to end up flooding your home!

2.    Don’t overload the machine. Be sure not to pack clothes and other laundry items into the basket. A heavy load can throw the washer off balance and ruin the rhythm, which will affect the quality of the wash.

If you have heavy or very bulky items, consider washing them in smaller loads to make it easier on your washer.

3.     Keep the machine level and stable. You don’t want it to rock or “walk” during the spin cycle, as this could damage the machine’s electronics as well as the floor. Try adjusting the front legs to level it out; if that doesn’t work, try adjusting the rear legs.


Most washing machines have self-adjusting back legs so all you may need to do it have someone help you tip the machine forward so the rear legs lift off the floor about three or four inches before carefully setting it back down. Otherwise, you may need to adjust the rear legs by hand to make it sit level.

4.    Measure the detergent. Make sure it’s the right type and amount for your type of washer. Many energy-efficient washers require a low-sudsing HE detergent.

Too much detergent won’t clean your clothes any better, in fact, just the opposite. Too much detergent will also create a build-up of product in your machine.

5.    Leave the door open. After each load, leave the door open to allow the moisture to evaporate. This will help prevent mold and mildew.

6.    Clean the outside. Wipe down the outside of the machine from inevitable spills and stains, especially if you use a detergent with harsh chemicals. Liquid detergents and stain removers can damage the finish.

7.    Clean the inside, including all dispensers, regularly. Detergent build-up will force your machine to work harder to get your clothes clean. Build-up can also lead to mold and mildew.

Keep in mind that you are always putting dirty laundry into your washing machine, so it only makes sense that it needs regular cleaning, too.

Washing Machine Cleaner

An easy solution for keeping the inside of your washing machine clean and healthy!

As well as making your laundry cleaner and fresher, is to use an OdorCrush? washing machine cleaner tablet. All-natural, OdorCrush? was created from sustainably sourced, eco-friendly detergents that help dissolve odor-causing residues that can lead to mold and mildew.

That part of washing machine maintenance couldn't be easier!

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How to Give Your Inside Laundry That Fresh, Outdoor Scent

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How to Give Your Inside Laundry That Fresh, Clean, Outdoor Scent

What can you do to get that fresh, clean, outdoor scent into your laundry?

Without having to hang all your unmentionables out in public, that is. And you don’t have to live out in the country to get it, either. Even if you live in an apartment in the city, you can give your laundry a fresh, clean, outdoor scent right out of the dryer. And naturally, of course.

Right now, you’re probably thinking dryer sheets. Right? Well, yes and no.


The Problem with Dryer Sheets

The problem with dryer sheets is that nearly all of them are chemically-laden with harmful chemicals that coat your clothes, and your skin.

And that clean, outdoor scent?

A 2010 University of Washington study tested 25 commonly used scented products, ran them through a regular laundry cycle and then tested dryer emissions.

They found 133 different chemicals with an average of 17 per product, and over one-third of the products emitted a chemical classified as a probable carcinogen by the US EPA.

Of those 133 detected chemicals, nearly a quarter of them were classified as toxic or hazardous under at least one federal law. And yet only one of those 133 dangerous compounds was listed on a product label, and only two were publicly disclosed anywhere.

So, what can you do to safely add a clean, fresh scent to your laundry?

Enter Wool Dryer Balls

Hopefully, you’re now a little more excited about laundry. If not, we will settle for you having a more efficient, clean, and natural experience with our laundry tips.

Choose your favorite quality essential or fragrance oil and apply just a few drops to the balls, allowing time for the oil to dry before tossing in with your next load. An hour or two should do it.

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You can buy quality oils in single scents or blends.


If you like DIY projects, here are three simple recipes you can start with. If you have some experience with essential oils, feel free to experiment with the quantities or try your own combinations to make the scent uniquely yours!

1. Clean Air

  • 3 drops Tangerine (Citrus reticulata)
  • 3 drops Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia)
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Radiata)

2. Clean Home

  • 2 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • 2 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • 2 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

3. Crashing Waves

  • 4 drops ylang-ylang essential oil
  • 2 drops bergamot essential oil

These are just a few of many possible combinations; and remember, a few drops on each ball should suffice, at least to start. Then just add more to refresh as necessary.

And if you don’t want any scent at all, you’ll be pleased Wool Dryer Balls all-natural, 100% chemical-free, no fragrance added.


Our Dryer Boost wool dryer balls are made from 100% Premium New Zealand sheep’s wool with your family’s health and comfort in mind. Cost-effective and sustainably made, we care about you and the environment here at OdorCrush