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Dryer Balls?

I’m working on getting a thin crust pizza recipe post ready(we’ll have Wednesday Baking on Thursday this week, apparently), but for today, I wanted to ask you, dear readers, about dryer balls. I picked up a twin pack today at Aldi, and I’m curious to know if any of you have used them with success.

For those of you wondering what in the world dryer balls are, here’s a brief rundown. The idea is that these funny looking little balls help to lift and separate your clothes in the dryer, thus allowing more air to circulate between then. This is supposed to soften the clothes, reduce wrinkles, and cut down on the amount of time it takes to dry a load of clothes(which obviously would save money).

Mine are just like these but I only paid $6.99 for mine(which I now see is a very good price!).

I do a lot of air drying, but there are some things that I dry in the dryer, even in the summertime(like bath towels), and in the wintertime, I use my dryer more too. So, I thought these things could be a worthwhile investment.

However, before I crack the package open, I’d love to hear about your experiences with dryer balls. Do they live up to their claims? Please share!

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Tuesday 19th of May 2009

I've never used dryer balls - I just use clean tennis balls! I have about 5 in my dryer usually.


Monday 18th of May 2009

We have been using dryer balls (got them mostly to reduce drying time) and have found them to be good. We are also using Ecoballs along with a magnoball in the wash. This has been the biggest positive in doing our wash. We have eliminated detergents by using the eco balls. They work well. It comes with a eco stain remover that I have found better than traditional stain removers. The magno ball in the wash eliminates the need for fabric softener and it really works well! We live in a hard water area and it reall makes a difference. We also use the same magnoball in the dishwasher and same results there. I'd highly recommend. It's so nice to know that we're eliminating these chemicals from the water and also it's been nicer on our skin and budget!


Saturday 16th of May 2009

I use white vinegar in my rinse water and line dry, works well for me.


Thursday 14th of May 2009

Good question.

I purchased some last year to hopefully eliminate the softener requirement. I thought they worked alright. The clothes came out static free and they did seem to dry faster. The only problem I have with them is the banging racket in the dryer. It is very irritating and it can't be good for the inside of the dryer either.

Hope this helps.


Thursday 14th of May 2009

Christine, I don't currently use a fabric softener. We don't have hard water, so our clothes really aren't stiff(esp. out of the dryer!).

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