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Dryer balls or Food Huggers?

In honor of Earth Day tomorrow, I have a fun offer for you guys from Mighty Fix!

Three wool dryer balls.

Mighty Nest runs a subscription service called the Mighty Fix; when you subscribe to the Mighty Fix, you get an earth-friendly, healthy item in your mailbox every month.

The idea is that you can gradually switch from a more disposable lifestyle to a lifestyle filled with reusable things.

Set of green Food Huggers lids.

To entice you to join, Mighty Fix is extending a special offer just for Frugal Girl readers.

New Mighty Fix subscribers can pay just $3 for their first month, and for their first fix, they get to choose from:

  • a set of 3 wool dryer balls
  • a set of Food Huggers

Dryer Balls

If you go with this option, you’ll get a set of three dryer balls, made from New Zealand wool.

Dryer balls are an eco-friendly, budget-friendly swap for dryer sheets.

Three wool dryer balls on a table.

Why use dryer balls instead of dryer sheets?

  • Most dryer sheets are made with synthetic fragrances and chemicals
  • Dryer sheets are disposable, so they become trash after one use
  • Since they’re disposable, you have to keep on buying dryer sheets

Dryer balls are not only reusable and natural, they also reduce drying time by helping the air in your dryer circulate more efficiently.

Dryer balls in a dryer with white towels.

And if you want to give your laundry a fresh scent, you can put a few drops of your favorite essential oil on the dryer balls before tossing them in with your laundry.

a blue-stained dryer drum

My dryer drum is a shade of blue because of a crayon one of my kids left in a pocket years ago.

I know some of you don’t use a dryer at all (that’s the tip-top eco-friendly choice!), so there’s another offer too:

Food Huggers

Set of green Food Huggers lids.

Plastic bags and plastic wrap are super convenient, which means it’s super hard to run a kitchen without them.

So, I am always happy when I find a product that helps me use less disposable plastic, and Food Huggers are one such item.

Plastic-free produce storage

If you have leftover produce, such as half an onion or half a lemon, you might normally put it into a bag, or cover it with plastic wrap/aluminum foil.

But if you have Food Huggers, you can just pop the Food Hugger on the cut end to keep the produce fresh until you need it.

Onion with a green Food Hugger lid on the cut end.

Food Huggers are great because they help to keep food visible, and visible food gets eaten!

cucumber with a food hugger on the end.

Also, they keep the cut end of the produce from drying out, which keeps the produce fresh and edible longer.

cucumber with a yellow Food Hugger.

Plus, Food Huggers are infinitely reusable, and they’re dishwasher safe.

Aaand, they nest, which means they will take up almost no space in your kitchen.

Food Huggers double as lids

I got a set of Food Huggers in my Mighty Fix a few years ago, and while I often use them for their intended purpose (food storage), just as often, I use them as a lid for all sorts of containers.

Food Huggers on glass jars.

They fit on Mason jars, glass bowls, and even saved glass yogurt containers.

And you can put them on top of a half-finished drink too.

Food Huggers on two glass containers.

This is one of those glass Oui! yogurt containers; the Food Hugger fits perfectly.

Oui yogurt container with strawberries inside.

(Since I’m frugal, I have to say this: Oui yogurt is a bit pricey; overall, it’s much less expensive and much less trash-producing to make your own yogurt or to buy quart containers at the store. But if a container makes its way into your house, you can at least save the glass jar for other uses. And if Oui yogurt is your splurge, no judgment. 🙂 )

How to get your dryer balls or Food Huggers

Just sign up for a Mighty Fix subscription, using one of the two links below, and your first month will cost only $3!

Dryer Balls

To get a set of wool dryer balls, sign up using this link or the button below.

Food Huggers

To get a set of Food Huggers, sign up using this link or the button below.

Food Hugger with half an onion.

You can cancel your subscription at any time, so this is a very low-risk offer. 🙂

Free shipping

You never pay a shipping charge with a Mighty Fix subscription, so your introductory month truly does just cost you $3. Excellent!

Consider a yearly subscription

If you’d like to commit to getting a Mighty Fix box for a whole year, do consider the one-year option…it brings the monthly price down to just $8.25, which is like getting three months free!

Questions? Let me know in the comments!

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Janet

Sunday 20th of March 2022

Maybe you can show how you use them as lids because I can’t get them on the jars.

Kristen

Tuesday 22nd of March 2022

Hmm...I just kind of stretch them over the top. What kind of containers are you using them on?

Ruby

Wednesday 28th of April 2021

Well, I wound up having subscription remorse and cancelled it, an action helped along by the post office delivering the dryer balls to Georgia instead of Tennessee, so I haven't gotten them. That's also not Mighty Nest's fault, but I did send them an e-mail about it, so we'll see.

I will just buy the Food Huggers and whatever other plastics reducing items Mighty Nest has on offer down the road, as it seems to have some very neat stuff at good prices. Thanks for letting us know, Kristen.

Jan

Wednesday 21st of April 2021

We have a set of 6 dryer balls and use them all because we run large loads to reduce electricity and water. They aren't great at eliminating static, so we always play the "how many nylon knee highs are stuck on my nightgown today? game. The record (so far) is 9. We also play the "keep that dryer ball away from the dog" game, and the "where's that 6th dryer ball hiding this time?" game (hint, often in a sleeve). Fun times!

But I love the dryer balls anyway. I'm allergic to fragrances so these are scent-free and I don't have to go down the stinky grocery aisle to buy dryer sheets. We've been using them about 1 year with no sign of wear.

Jenny

Wednesday 21st of April 2021

Add safety pins to your dryer balls, it made a huge difference for me.

Farhana

Wednesday 21st of April 2021

Thank you for sharing this. But, how is it Earth/ environment friendly to get new products every month that you can (mostly) do without? FWIW, I've never used a dryer anything and never had any problem drying our clothes.

Kristen

Wednesday 21st of April 2021

That all depends on whether you are currently using disposable products much. If you are already living a pretty disposable-product-free lifestyle, then this wouldn't help you!

But if you currently use plastic bags to store half an onion/pepper, etc. or if you currently use dryer sheets, then these products are an eco-friendly swap.

Beverly

Wednesday 21st of April 2021

I have a question about the dryer balls. I purchased some in the past but couldn't get over the loud thumping sound of them when the dryer was running. The ones I tried were plastic. Do the wool dryer balls make less noise in the dryer?

EngineerMom

Wednesday 21st of April 2021

They are definitely quieter - I can't hear ours at all, even the one time I accidentally started the dryer without putting in anything other than the dryer balls!

Kristen

Wednesday 21st of April 2021

I definitely think that the wool balls are quieter!

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