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A friend bought me these dryer balls about a year ago now. When I found out I was having a baby, I thought I tumble dryer would be really handy as I have heard babies create lots of washing
! My four month old creates so much washing as he is always sick all the time or dribbling all over his clothes, I couldn't do with out my dryer!
These balls are about the same size as a tennis ball, and I can only really describe them as having blunt spikes all over them. They are really light weight, they weigh hardly anything at all.
I didn't really know what dryer balls were supposed to do until I got these. They are actually supposed to reduce your drying time by about 25%, saving you money on the cost of running your tumble dryer. I have to say, I have not noticed that my washing is dry quicker, I still have to put it on for the same length of time as before I used these balls for it all to be fully dry. They are supposed to make your washing softer too, I haven't noticed anything really much softer, except maybe my towels feel a bit better but not overly.
One thing I have noticed though, and I am very pleased about, it doesn't half cut down on your ironing! I don't iron many of my clothes, most of my clothes are usually alright to just put straight on, but certain items such as my dresses, there are no creases at all in them anymore. There is no need to iron anything at all hardly any more, except for jeans, there the only item of clothing that comes out with creases now. All my bed sheets are perfectly crease free to. I highly recommend these balls if you hate ironing!
These balls are so loud though, I'm lucky that my tumble dryer is under the stairs and I can shut the door to keep out the racket that these balls make when being spun about in there! You just hear the balls banging about constantly the whole time the dryer is on.
These balls have lasted me about a year now, and one of them has now got a big hole in it so I will be replacing them soon, although it does still work at the minute even with the hole in it. These balls are always getting lost in my washing, especially duvet covers, or pillow cases!
My dryer balls are blue, but I have seen them in all different colours. It doesn't really matter what colour they are though, they all do the same job! I definitely recommend dryer balls, even though they are noisy and can explode and get holes in them, they definitely cut down on ironing!
I find that as the weather starts to turn in Autumn, i depend more and more on my tumble dryer, so much in fact i would really be lost without it!
I have never really used tumble dryer sheets as i find this is an added expense, but have been after some tumble dryer balls for a while (my Mum swears by them!), so when i visited my local Dunehlm mill store was pleased to find some for the bargain price of £1.00 for a set of two!
The idea of these balls is that when the tumble dryer starts the balls bounce against the fabrics in the turn ing drum, pounding the fibres strecthing slightly, relaxing them, and ultimately making them softer, with less creases and generally helping speed up the drying time....with the last point needing a miracle as i always seem to have basket full and tend to load my machine to get through it!
The balls themselves are slightly larger than a golf ball, and are made of a lightweight plastic, though are not particularly squishy to the touch.
Each ball is covered in "nodules", which are the pummelling agent, and though there weren't particularly any usage information on them, my Mum advised me to put both balls in with the loads of drying.
The first time i used them i was suprpised by just how noisy they are, that is until they become properly mixed up in the washing, making the dryer sound like it is about to shake itself to bits!
Once the balls beomce incorperated with the washing i find i forget they are there until removing from the dryer, then i find i have to remove them from a corner of a pillow case, or even once inside a sock (?), with them never looking like they are suffering with wear and tear, even getting so warm in the drying process.
My clothes do feel a little softer, especially the towels, they seem to come out much fluffier, though for the creases i am afraid they still exsist, and this product has not reduced down the need for ironing!
For the price and longevity of use (so far these have lasted me 9 months), this is a fantastic product, especially compared to the softner sheets available, recommended!
Availability on this product is actually quite widespread, with many of the supermarkets offering there own versions.
Thanks for reading x
I do not often tumble dry, especially in the pleasant summer weather but I do use it alot in the winter. It is so hard to keep on top of the washing without it!
I was given the drier balls by my mum who thought they sounded pretty good, which of course they do. They claim to help the machine take less time and therefore uses less electricity, ironing becomes easier, and there are no chemicals involved at all - ideal for anyone with asthma, eczema, psoriasis or chemical sensitivity.
*Price and availability*
These balls are often subjects of some good offers. My mum paid £10.00 for a set and got the second set half price from Asda. They are widely available at supermarkets and home stores.
Each Dryer Balls pack comes with 2 balls - one pink, one blue. The pink and blue balls have different tensile strengths and differently shaped softening tips, which work together to lift and separate the laundry, massaging the fibres in the clothes and making them soft and fluffy without the use of chemicals. They are around 6cm in diameter and made from a sturdy PVC material.
*how to use*
Simply place both balls in the tumble dryer or in a washer/dryer at the drying cycle and operate the machine at the usual heat setting for your fabrics. Dryer Balls are re-usable and can be just left in the machine so they are ready to get to work with your next set of washing.
The Dryer Balls retain the heat and transfer it to the clothes as they tumble, reducing drying time and your electricity costs.
Dryer balls are guaranteed for 2 years, and expected to last 5.
The main aim of the balls is to make the clothes dry quicker and help clothes come out less creased. They say that they reduce drying time by up to 25%. They are supposed to stop you having to use fabric softener with a normal wash as the nodes on both balls helps to remove creases, soften fabrics and relax fibres.
The balls are easy to use and to be honest I forgot about them when I first used them until I found them in a pillow case when ironing!
I did not notice that the clothes dried any quicker but I think I did notice that the clothes were less creases, specifically, the bedding. This is notoriously hard to iron after being in the tumble drier but when the drier balls were added they did appear to be in a more manageable condition and easier to iron.
I started to like the balls and really appreciated their help. I'm not sure I would be able to justify spending the £10.00 full price on them, but they did make a noticeable difference.
That was until some of the little spikes broke off and I found them in the bottom of the machine! This was only around 3 months in to using them so mum took them back to Adsa and they happily replaced them. I'm not sure what caused them to break, it could have been a dodgy set!
The next sets seem to be going well and have not cracked like my old balls. I do believe that I could do without the balls but since I have them I will carry on using them.
When my boyfriend came home with two dryer balls that he'd picked up at the local discount store I wasn't entirely convinced, even when he told me that he'd managed to buy the pair for £1.00, I mean what difference would a couple of plastic balls make in our tumble dryer?
These balls look like little plastic tennis balls with blunt spikes on them. Although my OH paid £1.00 for ours, I've seen them on sale for up to £10.00 (so maybe my man did manage to dig out a bargain after all).
On the packaging it explained that these balls can cut tumble drying down by 25% and that your clothes will come out soft without having to use extra conditioning products. We live in an upstairs maisonette flat and although small items are ok to dry on the maiden, big items - like towels and bedding - needs to be tumble dried.
These balls go in with the washing and although you can hear them moving around at first, they're not overly noisy once the dryer gets going.
We've been using these balls for around six months now and they've definitely made a difference to our washing. Our towels and bedding always come out soft and the drying time has been cut by using these balls. The only slightly annoying thing about the balls is that they work their way into the corners of your bedding, so make sure you look for them and dig them out before you make the bed!
Overall I'd say these balls are quite a nifty little invention and if you can pick them up cheaply then you should definitely invest.
I am awarding them four stars, because although they're effective, they can be expensive and they weave their way into annoying places!
Dryer Balls sound like a fantastic idea. They reduce drying time by 25%, which is good for both your pocket and the environment (well it's a start, anyway); they soften fabrics without using chemicals; they reduce creasing; and they reduce the amount of lint, which I suppose means that you wouldn't have to empty the filter so often. Presumably, your clothes would also last longer as they wouldn't be shedding so many fibres, but the makers don't make this claim.
I don't do a huge amount of tumble-drying, but I do use cloth nappies for my baby which need a few minutes in the dryer to make them nice and soft; we live in a hard-water area, so they can be a bit stiff otherwise. I liked the idea of the nappies being softer and drying more quickly, so even though these cost around £10 I thought they would be worth the money.
They are tennis ball-sized, but have nodes on the outside; on one ball, these are round-ended, on the other, flat-ended. These are designed to fluff up and soften fabrics, but without the need to use fabric softener or tumble dryer sheets. The balls cut down on drying time by allowing air to circulate properly, and by absorbing heat up to keep the laundry warmer as it is drying.
Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed by the reality. These are fine if you are drying a full load of washing - I have used them for bedding with no problems - but they are no good for just a few items as they are incredibly noisy! If you have enough clothes in the machine, they circulate around inside the laundry without touching the drum very often, but if with anything less than a full load, they bounce off the drum continuously. Because they are made of very hard plastic, it is like having a couple of tennis balls in your machine. I can't use them for nappies at all as the noise is too annoying, especially since I tend to wash nappies at the end of the day when the children are in bed as it would disturb them.
On the occasions when I have used them, I would say that they did cut down on the drying time. I don't use fabric softener anyway, so I can't tell whether the softening effect is comparable.
If you have a utility room with a door, or tumble dry a lot of clothes, I would say that these would be a good investment. They are very widely available in shops or online from www.jmldirect.com, where they are currently on offer for £7.99, plus £2.95 postage.
I bought myself two dryer balls after my daughter recommended them to me. They are supposed to soften fabrics and shorten drying time in the tumbler dryer and the two I bought were pink and blue and cost £1.99 from Amazon.
These are hard, spiky balls that make an awful racket as they go round inside the tumbler dryer. The spikes are supposed to 'agitate' the fabric and soften it. To be honest I noticed very little difference between drying with these in the drum and leaving them out. I still prefer to use dryer sheets which give everything a softness and have a nice smell as well.
Anyway, since I had bought the dryer balls, I decided to persevere and see if I could get used to them.
I woke up one morning covered in a read prickly rash which itched like mad, but had no idea what had caused it. Eventually it faded and I was left with a patch of itchy skin across my chest.
I put on a clean pair of jeans (just washed) and a top and went out. Before I had been out for ten minutes the itching was unbearable. I was covered in itchy red spots. I am inclined to be allergic to various things so I took an anti histamine tablet. The rash stopped itching.
It was not until a couple days later that I realised that I had only had the rash since I started using the dryer balls.
A little investigation revealed that the dryer balls are made of vinyl material which heats up in the tumbler dryer and covered the fabrics in there with tiny little bits of vinyl. It seems that I was allergic to the vinyl which was present on my clothes and bedding in minute quantities.
A look around the internet confirmed that I am not the only one because others have had the same problem.
To make my mind up for me, my dog discovered that if he jumps again the dryer door it opens and he can steal the dryer balls. Today he took them outside to play with, so that made the decision for me. No more dryer balls for me.
If you, or a family member is prone to allergies watch out for this.
Our tumble dryer gets used a good deal all year round as hubby hates laundry to be hung outdoors for everyone to see & although we have a utility room there isn't really enough space to dry towels & sheets etc. I was flicking TV channels one day when I came accross a presentaion for wash balls which look similar to those in the picture but cost a heck of a lot more. I like the concept though so went on a search for simialr but cheaper ones to try.
I found some in our local Poundland which looked identical so, for a quid, thought I'd give them a try as they claim to reduce drying time, make clothes etc feel soft & replace dryer sheets.
I've just measured one (see what a dedicated Dooyooer I am? lol!) & it measures 8" acccording to my trusty tape measure. They are fairly light & the whole surface (apart from a little at one end) is covered in nobbly bits & each ball is made of a rigid plastic.
All you do is add them to your damp washing in the tumble dryer, switch on & wait until the cycle is finished.
They do make a muffled thudding noise but it's fun to see them twist & turn working hard in order to prevent any possible tangling & I must admit I save at least 10 minutes-worth of electricity. This may not sound a lot but over a year I'm sure it's quite a good deal & I've only invested £1.
I've noticed a difference in the softness of our towels which come out more fluffy & soft than they did previously. I've also noticed that the Egyptian cotton sheets feel softer & need much less steaming so I guess I'm saving money that way too.
To be honest I haven't yet used them when drying our favourite clothes - I'm sure they're safe enough but looking at the nobbly bits on the balls I'm wondering if they're a bit too hard for delicates? If I'm brave enough to try I'll keep you posted.
- strange concept until you get used to using them.
- great results so far when drying jeans, sheets & towels.
- seem to last forever so well worth the £1 I paid.
- well worth trying if you rely on a tumble dryer.
I bought these about a year ago and find them to be very useful. I didn't use them as a replacement for any thing as I never used tumble drying sheets or anything.
The thing that attracted me was that they reduce drying time and they are a one off payment. My machine is a combined washer dryer. I try not to use the dryer if possible because it is a waste of electric but if I need somethings quickly I put it on.
A 3/4 load would come out still wet after ample time, before these. I find that they will speed the process along. I don't wear fluffy clothes so I don't know if they make them more fluffy!
The balls start hard at first, but I think the heat of the dryer softens them because they come out squishy! They are about 7cm wide with rounded nobdules on one and squared ones on the other. They are very durable and easily stored.
In terms of static, I never really had a problem before because my clothes wouldn't dry! However, I still do not have a problem so I assume in this way they are effective. They can make a lot of noise on a very small load.
The load cannot be too full as the balls need to be able to bounce around.
I would recommend these to someone, but perhaps if they are a replacement for the tumble dryer sheets be sure to use a nice fabric conditioner to ensure the same fresh smell you are used to.
Its definately worth the investment, but as a helping hand when needed - I still use my clothes horses regulary as the reduction in drying time isn't enough to encourage me to waste too much electric on the tumble machine!
I have always used a separate fabric softener and tumble dryer sheets when I have done my washing, but with the credit crunch I have been looking for little ways to save money without me suffering to much.
So now I use a washing liquid instead of a powder as this saved me a few pounds every month, I have now stopped using tumble dryer sheets and softener but after tumble drying a few items I started to miss the freshness of the laundry that had just been dried.
Will looking around a pound land in the town I found these tumble dryer balls for a pound so I picked them up to see if they would help the situation.
On the packaging these balls claim to stop static, reduce drying time and soften the clothes while in the dryer, with all this the balls are designed to stop you using fabric softener and tumble dryer sheets.
These are very hard plastic balls with little spiky bits coming from them and they come in various different colours, well all I can say it that these remind me of a dog chew toy but if they work I am willing to put up with that.
What you first insert these into the dryer they are very load and clunk around making an horrendous noise, but after a few minutes when the dryer warms up so do the balls and they soften and cause less noise.
Do these work well in my opinion yes, the noise is a little bit to much to bear at times but if it saves me money I can cope with it for the few minutes it takes to lessen.
For a pound for both balls I am amazed at how these actually work, I will certainly recommend these tumble dryer balls to anyone.
My sister bought me a set of these dryer balls, she found them in our local pound shop and treated both myself and my mum to a set.
The pack contained 2 blue balls with lots of spiky nodules that are to help not only reduce the drying time of your clothes but also help make your clothes feel softer.
Does it work well the answer would be yes and no.
Well I have the misfortune to have not only 2 children and a husband that comes home every day covered in dirt through his job, I also do a lot of hill walking which means cleaning and drying mud riddled dogs so my washing loads are pretty full on. So my drier is usually filled to the max.
On small light loads in the drier such as tea towels underwear and socks the balls help speed up the drying time and leaves the items feeling slightly softer to the touch.
But on a full load such as my bath towels or loads of clothes I barely notice the difference as the balls don't really get the chance to move around as much. So it doesn't have a benefit if your drier is packed.
So why wouldn't I just put in smaller loads to get the full benefit?
Plain and simple my life can just be too busy and hectic and its hard to get everything done at the one time. So to constantly run backwards and forwards between loadings is just not possible for me.
But then that's just me and not really a reflection on the product I suppose.
I haven't found the balls going soft when bringing them out but the can feel hot to the touch if bringing them out the drier straight away.
So over all if you were to use these balls try get them from one of the pound shops as you can save yourself money for what is the same product, don't over load your drier and you will get along fine.
I am currently sitting listening to a pair of these dryer balls in my tumble dryer which has prompted me to write this review.
The claim is these hard balls with spikey nodules on them separate the clothes in the dryer, reduce static and drying time, soften the clothes and take away the need for fabric softener.
I bought mine from a pound shop for £1 so that was amazingly cheap, I've seen them advertised for £9.99 a pair which is outrageous.
I opened the packet of the dryer balls and immediately thought I'd made a mistake. They smell awful when you first open them and this can take a while to go. I washed mine, left them out to let the smell dissipate, tried them through the dryer to see if that would get rid of it but to no avail. The only thing that gets rid of the smell is time and in the meantime if you dry clothes with them your clothes also take on this strong, plastic smell so that was a downside.
These balls are very hard too and make quite alot of banging noise once in the dryer. I got used to this quite quickly but if we have people round when we have the tumble dryer on they always look alarmed and ask if the tumble dryer's ok, it really is that loud!
However, they do reduce drying time which of course will save you money. They do soften the clothes to a degree but I like fabric softeners for the wonderful scent they give clothes so I don't intend to stop using that. They do reduce static but don't completely eliminate it on some items. So they do most of what they claim.
I've kept on using these really for the reduction in drying time, if they save me money they've got my vote but the smell at first is horrible so don't put them in with your clothes until this has gone unless you want to smell like a plastics factory and be prepared for the noise whilst they are tumbling!
A couple of weeks ago I decided to treat myself to a couple of Dryer Balls. I've seen them many times before and have read about them, but always wondered whether or not they would work. I was in my local Poundland and I saw them for...would you believe!....£1, well as I like a bargain, I couldn't resist.
==A Bit About Dryer Balls==
Dryer balls are made from PVC plastic, which is able to withstand extremely hot temperatures and will not melt. You get 2 balls in the packet. They are approximately 3" in diameter and are covered in little nodules. You simply put the balls into the dryer with the clothes and start the drying cycle. The balls are believed to reduce static build up during the drying process, help to reduce the drying time, make your clothes softer and also reduce the amount of ironing needed. Dryer balls claim to replace the need to use a softener during washing.
Dryer Balls tumble around with your clothing as it is drying, they lift and separate the clothes as they dry thus reduce the static build up and the little nodules on the balls massage the fibres of your clothing making them softer and fluffier.
When I first opened the Dryer Balls and took them from the packet I was really quite surprised at how hard and solid they felt, I had imagined them to be soft, this made me very nervous at the thought of putting them in the dryer with my washing, I thought I might be opening up the dryer to find my washing all ripped up! Nevertheless I was intrigued to find out what these balls could do for my washing, so the first time I used them I decided to put them in with 3 pairs of jeans. Denim jeans I thought would stand up better to the dryer balls! Usually 3 pairs of jeans would take about 1 hour to dry in my dryer and they usually come out very creased......so what happened to them when they were dried accompanied by the dryer balls??
Well the jeans came out perfectly intact, the balls were actually quite soft when they first came out of the tumble dryer, but soon hardened up again. The jeans were dry after only 40 minutes, which I was very impressed with and they definitely weren't quite as creased, although did still need a run over with the iron. Next I decided to test the balls out on my towels. This time I was even more impressed. Again the drying time was cut by about 20 minutes and my towels came out beautifully soft and fluffy. I had to do another wash and dry, this time t-shirts! And yet again super results with the drying time reduced and soft fluffy clothing needing only minimal ironing.
All in all I was very impressed with the performance of my new Dryer Balls. I had been very sceptical at the beginning but the results proved to me that they do what they say they!! I will definitely be continuing to use these.
They can be bought in various shops - Poundland, Woolworths, Lakeland etc with a variety of rpices ranging from £1 - £10.
Thanks for reading.
© lel1969 February 2008
A fabric softener without the disposable sheet!