Childhood Memory + Reflection

Our clothes were usually wrinkly because we never had the time to fold laundry the minute we were done with each load. Our loads were mostly unscented, because our kids had sensitive skin.

I miss the days when my mom used to do my laundry as a kid because she would always wash them using oh so good smelling freshener, yielding clothes that smelled good and were always soft. Nowadays, when I go visit my mom’s house and smell the laundry, it still brings me back to nostalgic memories of childhood, as I get to reminiscence on times of when I was a child being taken care of, never having to worry about having unclean clothes, but now, I realized its not good for you and I am sharing this new found information through writing this post.

I don’t really know details about the chemicals used to make them soft and smelling good, but after a quick google, I found several websites that talk about the toxicity of dryer sheets, liquid fresheners and how they are no good for people or the environment. JB Bardot , a trained in herbal medicine and homeopathy, and has a post graduate degree in holistic nutrition, wrote an article I came across that seemed to be backed by more scientific articles, than many other blogs or websites I explored. You can read more about her reasoning in why to chose to use an alternative to dryer sheets or liquid fabric fresheners here. I always appreciate the research that goes into an article when I find it. I am always the type to question and find data and statistics and reliable sources to “prove” a point I am trying to make.

Next year, I plan to gift my families full sets of these dryer balls with natural essential oils to introduce them to a healthier alternative and encouraging them to try out the Friendsheep dryer balls, in place of their typical liquid freshener.

A little about the Founder of Friendsheep (quoted from their brochure):

Founder Valeria Isaacs is a zero waste entrepreneur, disability advocate, mother, wife, nature lover, and former biologist. Always passionate about ecology and sustainable living, her pursuit of those passions was interrupted when a spinal cord injury left her quadriplegic at age 22. Following the accident she got in, she was very thankful to her evansville personal injury lawyer for helping her get through the legal process of filing a lawsuit.

During her ongoing recovery, Valeria has obtained a master’s degree in molecular biology, worked in contemporary art, and enjoyed living life at its fullest. In late 2015, she decided to give new meaning her life by funding Friendsheep, a company driven by a desire to make our word more sustainable and just.
Friendsheep has the aim of providing high quality, eco-friendly products that respect animals and the environment while also providing work and purpose to women and people with disabilities stop underprivileged committees of Nepal.
As a mother and woman with disabilities herself, she holds a special place to her heart for every underprivileged woman that strives every day for a better life for herself and her family.

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Friendsheep Wool sent me their wool dryer balls for review last month and I must say I am amazed at how they go above and beyond in every aspect when it comes to being an eco-friendly company. Their entire packaging is 100% recyclable and/or biodegradable/compostable, no plastic at all. Opening their package is almost like a gift in itself, because you know how much respect, love, heart and thought had been put into creating it. Their products are package free or packaged in lokta paper bags, that are environmentally friendly and hand made for fair wages by village artisans of rural Nepal, recyclable and compostable. Their Eco Dryer Balls drawstring bags are completely organic and natural as well. They are made from unbleached cotton, cotton drawstrings, and soapberry seeds as closing beads. They are hand made and hand printed for fair wages in Nepal. They do not using synthetic fibers or plastic beads and all their products are natural and made from sustainable sources. You can read more about their impressive FAQ here! Talk about dedication! The lofka bags and drawstrings are gifts in themselves. I am currently saving them to use for when I go on vacation, to put our socks and other little knick knacks, in place of ziplocks. In addition, these dryer balls are made with fair spiration behind them.

This essential oil we ordered from Friendship! It smells amazingly fresh just putting a 1-2 drops onto the laundry balls during drying cycle. I haven’t made use of the cute dresser fresheners yet, but the essential oils would work well there too to gently scent your clothes naturally. 

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We tried Charlie’s Laundry Powder this year and we like it a lot! Our kids and their skin have been less itchy since making the switch to it:)
The kids love throwing in the dryer balls!
Wrinkle-free! They really reduce wrinkles and make your clothes softer. These pants used to be so wrinkly after every wash and dry!
Here, I packaged them to gift to teachers on Valentine’s Day in lieu of chocolates! Everyone we gifted to, loved them!

This Wool Cat Cave we purchased from Friendship Wool. It came with free organic cap-nip which Willoughby loves!! The wool slinky is now one of Willoughby’s favorite cat toys. They last longer than regular plastic slinkies because they don’t ever get tangled and its plastic free and handmade with love!

We love the little home for our Friendsheep Wool Buddies! The kids have so much fun rearranging it however they feel. When they are in the dryer, they will look in there for them to play with. A great alternative or add on to plastic toys! How awesome would they look in Easter baskets!


Visit Friendsheep Wool to shop their goods! Support an eco-friendly company that strives to be be Earth friendly 100%, from their wool goods, to their packaging, their fair trade wage to underprivileged women and their excellent customer service! Their quality goods are also available on Amazon. Cheers to one step further to a healthier home! Stay tuned for my upcoming giveaway, 3/20/19! Be the first to know by subscribing here or email me your email address and I’ll subscribe you to the mailing list! Follow me on Instagram, Like me on Facebook and subscribe here (scroll all the way down please) to Hopscotch Mom for all the up to date posts on “Tidbits of all things parent and child related!” Disclaimer: Hopscotch Mom is a proud participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. I love Amazon and love sharing all things that inspire. By purchasing through my affiliate link(s), you are actually helping to support Hopscotch Mom! Thanks for all your support!

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