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8 Hands Farm's wool dryer balls can reduce the time and money you spend on laundry. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)
8 Hands Farm’s wool dryer balls can reduce the time and money you spend on laundry. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

In life we all have to do things we don’t want to do, one of those things being laundry. But while it can’t be avoided, it can be improved.

Local businesses are making it easier for you to do more eco-friendly laundry — and did we mention that it’s cheaper than doing it the traditional way?

Here are two green laundry products that can be found on the North Fork.

Wool Dryer Balls at 8 Hands Farm 

If you are buying disposable dryer sheets you’re wasting your money, said 8 Hands Farm owner Carol Festa.

Made from 100 percent wool from the farm’s sheep, these wool dryer balls can last for years. That cuts down on the amount you spend to replace dyer sheets without losing any of their benefits, Festa said.

The chemical-free felted wool dryer balls naturally soften clothing while eliminating wrinkles and static cling like a traditional dyer sheet. The wool balls can even reduce drying time by as much as 25 percent, Festa said.

“Everyone has to do laundry but by doing it with wool dryer balls people can feel good about it,” she said. “It isn’t like dryer sheets that you toss out and it ends up in a landfill. Plus, there are a lot of chemicals in dryer sheets that you don’t necessarily want on your clothes or your skin.”

The wool dryer balls are available at 8 Hands Farm located at 4735 Cox Lane, Cutchogue.

See the next page for an alternative to big name laundry detergent brands.

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