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Dryer balls?

Has anyone used them? What do they do exactly?


Asked by Mrs.BAT at 7:15 PM on Dec. 3, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • I completely disagree... My parents used to own a laundromat that offered wash, dry & fold service a few years before commercial dryer balls were available (at least that I was aware of).
    They used to buy a tube of tennis balls and a bag of tube socks and they'd slip a tennis ball in a tube sock and tie it off and would throw 2 or 3 of these "dryer balls" in each load. They'd also purchase cheap sneakers at payless and tie one of those in a sock and use it the same way. The balls and/or sneakers in socks would help everything dry faster but the best benefit was that they'd keep things moving around and loads of towels, sheets and/or blankets from getting all balled up and having some parts super hot and dry while others were just warm and wet.

    Answer by FeelinYummy at 12:20 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • I prefer them the to sweatier kind

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:28 PM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • First off,they make your clothes smell like plastic. They get REALLY hot in the dryer and if you touch one you risk a burn. I speak from experience
    They make the clothes not stick together. You can get the same effect with a couple of tennis balls

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 7:30 PM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • That's all they do? I read about them in some article about things that pay for themselves quickly, but it didn't really give any detail.

    Comment by Mrs.BAT (original poster) at 7:35 PM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • Plus they fall apart easily- not a fan.

    Answer by Sisteract at 8:22 PM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • I just use new tennis balls that I toss in my dryer with the towels & blankets, etc. They fluff your stuff & help to move things around so that they dry faster. Because things dry faster, you use less energy to dry them, which saves you money.

    Answer by mom2aspclboy at 10:49 PM on Dec. 3, 2010