Deck the Halls With Dryer Balls


New Wool Dryer Balls
 Dryer balls: something I've come across time and time again when perusing cloth-diapering blogs, yet not something I've ever used. Here's the little I do know about them. Plastic Dryer Balls: I've seen these at the grocery story in the laundry section. They come in a package of two, they're blue and they look like they belong in the aisle with the pet toys. Seriously. The package says they naturally soften clothes (by pummeling them around, I suppose?) and will decrease drying time up to 25%. I've never even been moderately tempted to buy any, maybe because I don't use fabric softener and I'm perfectly happy with the softness of my clothes without it and maybe because I'm skeptical. Wool Dryer Balls: I've also come across dryer balls in green living blogs because they also supposedly soften clothes, require less drying time and decrease static electricity. Living in a dry climate we do have some static once in a while but it seems to go away after I fold the clothes. I've never dealt with "fabric cling" but that could be because I wear jeans and yoga pants and uh, little else. Since I can make them myself or maybe because they look like giant colorful Christmas ornaments or toys, I am tempted to try wool dryer balls. I'm not sure if they do anything different or better than the plastic balls but they are more earth friendly and cost-efficient if I make them myself. Aluminum Dryer Balls: When searching "dryer balls" I also came across a site that claims that aluminum dryer balls are the way to go: easy to make from heavy duty aluminum foil and a great way to cut down on static cling. I can see how aluminum might help to cut down on static electricity and apparently they aren't any more difficult to make than balling up some tinfoil into some tennis-ball sized forms. Because I use only Thirsties Duo Fab Fitteds with Cooper right now, if I am using the dryer, it takes about an hour.  In the summer, thanks to the hot sun and dry air in Colorado, my diapers actually dry faster outside, especially if I turn them inside after about half an hour. If dryer balls can help cut down on the time my diapers are in the dryer, that would be great. And from what I understand, they soften clothes and diapers by the motion and gentle pounding they create.   Do you use dryer balls? Which kind do you use and how well do they work? Should I give them a try. Tell me what you think and Happy Holidays!      
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  • Hi,
    I found these wool dryer balls and they seem to be doing very good. I have had these for few months now and performance has been outstanding compared to ones I used.

    here is the link hope you will like them

    www.woondryerballs.com

    Ashley on
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  • To the people who were looking for instructions on making your own wool dryer balls. It is super easy. I make my own and it is a piece of cake. When you buy your yarn make sure that it is a yarn that does not say dryer safe if it is dryer safe it will not felt up well and can unravel easily. The only other trick is 100% wool yarn can be expensive so wait until the local shop has a huge coupon, I am a huge fan of JoAnn’s which routinely has 60% off a single item coupons. Here is a link that I think has good instructions: http://www.diynatural.com/how-to-make-wool-dryer-balls/

    Kelly R on
  • We have alpacas and make alpaca dryer balls for the clothes dryer. They remove static, soften clothes, knock out the wrinkles and reduce drying time. This also reduces your carbon footprint. We started using ours over a year ago and they are still quietly tumbling in the dryer! Alpaca fiber does not contain lanolin; wool does. So for individuals that have skin issues, the alpaca option is a very good one. You can also add essential oil to them to make your clothes and laundry room smell terrific. If you are interested, go to etsy.com and then go to our store, shear bliss alpacas. Thank you for the chance to spread the word on this forum. Sincerely, Mike

    Mike N on
  • I just had a friend tell me about how she uses dryer balls with her cloth diapers. I am going to give them a try.

    Katie on

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