Artisanal little luxuries, with big impact

We believe an object can elevate both beholder and maker. In a world of mass-produced goods, we offer artisan-made home and apparel crafted in fair-trade environments from around the globe. We strive to live fully, slow down to enjoy life’s little luxuries, and choose everyday to create a world connecting maker, owner and earth.

Alpaca Dryer Balls


A healthy home necessity. "My clothes are softer, the load dries faster, and they are an environmentally friendly alternative to dryer sheets. Fabulous product." - J.C.

A natural, reusable fabric softener that will change your laundry forever. These alpaca dryer balls are hand-made one-by-one by a cooperative of skilled, female Peruvian artisans in collaboration with their local alpaqueros (alpaca farmers).


Features + Benefits

  • Directions: place 3 balls in dryer with regular load. Keep balls in dryer between loads. Alternatively, store balls in box that comes with the pack of 3, or store balls in organic cotton bag that comes with the pack of 6.
  • The balls absorb moisture and create air circulation in the dryer. This wind effect in the dryer reduces dryer time. At the same time, the balls replace disposable dryer sheets and plastic dryer balls along with the harsh chemicals within them.
  • To learn more about alpaca dryer balls, click here.
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    Artisan + Origin

  • Fairly-traded. Made in Peru.
  • The alpaca and wool of these balls are from Peruvian "alpaqueros," which is Spanish for "alpaca farmers." These farmers work in collaboration with a local female artisan cooperative who hand-make the balls one by one. 
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    Materials, Size + Care

  • The dryer balls are made from 50% Peruvian alpaca and 50% Peruvian wool.
  • The Muslin Eco Bag (that comes with the pack of 6 balls) is made with 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton. The care for the Muslin Eco Bag is cold water wash and hang to dry. Do not machine dry as that will cause the bag to shrink.
  • Each ball is approx. 3" (8cm) in diameter and 9.5" (24cm) in circumference
  • To keep the ball's maximum effect, periodically place each ball in a sock, wash on a hot cycle with detergent, remove ball from sock, dry ball on hot setting.
  • Any natural pilling can be removed; however, this is not necessary as the pills make balls more effective.
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    Q: Does it hurt an alpaca to get its fleece? 
    Alpacas are not harmed while their farmers shear their wool. In fact, alpaca wool is one of the most ethical fibers available. Farmers take great care to gently shear an alpaca, and then release the animal back to roam freely. Alpaca fiber does not contain lanolin, meaning it does not require strong chemicals to clean it.
    Q: How do I add scent to dryer balls?
    For added natural scent, when clothes are dry, add 2-3 drops of your favourite essential oil to the balls and then dry clothing and balls for another 10 minutes on a non-heat, air dry setting.
    To learn more about alpaca dryer balls,  click here.

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 2 reviews
    Great concept
    Hi Armando! Thank you so much for taking your time to feedback to us about your experience! It's so valuable for us to hear this. Just in case anything was unclear on our end, the dryer balls indeed decrease the amount of drying time needed in a regular dryer machine, but they don't actually dry the clothing. They do create wind in the dryer, which makes the clothes dry faster, and they do reduce static, and in that way replace toxic dryer sheets. But the thing that will dry your clothes is your dryer, not the dryer balls exactly. Does that make sense? We would recommend maybe slightly decreasing the amount of clothes in your dryer, and double checking that your dryer is on a regular setting, that may help to dry your clothes. Having a few less clothes in your dryer also may be a better ratio for the amount of balls in your dryer (which assumedly is three for a regular load, three balls for a regular load is what we would recommend to use), which will also contribute to a more effective dry of your clothing. Thank you so much for working with us Armando, and please keep us updated on your progress because we want to ensure you're 100% satisfied! :) Thank you again, the Poko Team (
    such a great investment