Ball of energy: Replace dryer sheets with local handmade goods

Don’t have access to a clothes line? Try Bog Berry Dryer Balls when using your dryer. Philadelphia’s Brooke Petry, an herbalist and former baker, makes these biodegradable dryer balls with wool from Lancaster County and an eco-friendly company in Maine. The handmade chemical-free dryer balls are designed so they won’t unravel. Adding a few to your dryer load reduces drying time, static and wrinkles. They come in a variety of colors and, as Petry suggests, can even double as toys for babies and pets.

Pick up a set at, Petry’s Etsy, jujuorganics, or at VIX Emporium (5009 Baltimore Ave.) and The Nesting House (606 Carpenter Ln.).