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Friday, March 16, 2018

Fair Friday- Wool Dryer Balls

Over the past couple of years, I have been making slow changes to my diet. The goal was to eat a more healthy diet by eating more natural and organic foods.  Well I have been taking similar steps to minimize the toxins that I am exposed to. 

One of the ways I have been doing that is by switching out commercial cleaning and cosmetic products with more natural options. Most people have no idea of the nasty chemicals that reside in products we use every day. Those chemicals can accumulate in the body, causing a host of health issues.

I've always had really sensitive skin, so it was not surprise to me when I broke out in hives last year. It took 6 weeks to get rid of them. I spent my nights unable to sleep due to the pain and itching. I traced the outbreak to dryer sheets that I had been using.

So I was looking for a more natural alternative for managing the static in my laundry.

I found the organic wool dryer balls on Amazon.

I put them on  my Christmas list and have been using them since early January.

The balls are made of organic New Zealand wool. They are the size of a tennis ball, only solid wool. I use 3 balls for a small load and 6 for a large load. I put a few drops of lavender essential oil on each ball before I throw it in the dryer.  You can use any essential oil or blend of oils or use the product by itself. 

The idea is a natural alternative to dry laundry. They work fairly well. A few times when I have dried really large loads, there has been some static. Also once some of the wool came off on a pair of black running tights.

Other than that this product works great.  They are a bargain as well. The cost is $16.95 and they are designed to last for thousands of loads. The maker also claims that laundry dries faster.

Give them a try and see how they work for you! I've been happy with my product.


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.  

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian. In 2017 she placed 2nd in her age group at the Winter Triathlon National Championship, earning a spot on Team USA for the World Championship.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 213 members in 39 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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