I’ve been reading about dryer balls, trying to figure out what they’re supposed to do and whether or not they actually work. Theoretically, dryer balls absorb moisture, serve as a fabric softener, and improve airflow between clothes items as they toss about in your dryer.
The mission is to avoid chemicals, decrease drying time to save energy, soften fabrics, and save money. Dryer balls purportedly accomplish all that. Do they work? I don’t know, but I’m going to find out.
First, there are the nubby dryer balls offered by AsSeenOnTV.com. They assert their version is hypoallergenic, reusable, cuts dryer time, softens fabrics naturally, saves money, and doesn’t contain any chemicals. But they don’t cite the material used to make their balls which look like some form of rubber to me—I really cannot tell from the picture or their product description. They are priced at $9.95 for 2, plus $6.95 postage/handling.
Consumer reviews of this product are mixed. Some say no drying time is saved, wrinkling still results, and so on. You can read these reviews here or on Amazon.com where the product is offered at a lower price. An increase in static electricity has been noted in both good/bad reviews.
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If you do a Google image search, you can find all kinds of variations of dryer balls. However, based on the reviews, I’ve opted not to purchase any but try a Make Your Own Wool Dryer Balls tutorial found at GoodMama blog. You can also find wool dryer balls on Etsy. Making them was easy, now let’s hope they work. I’m going to give them a run through the dryer today as I do laundry.