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BlueBalls Have you seen these prickly blue balls at the store? For months I walked by them without picking up a package. A few months ago, after seeing an ad touting their energy savings benefit, I asked the shop clerk, "Ray, do you have those blue balls?" It was out of my mouth before I realized how it sounded as a red-faced Ray choked out, "Aisle 1." Sticky situation aside, it is turning out to be a well spent $8.99. While dryer balls may not seem very exciting, it is satisfying to know that I am saving energy, time, and maybe my health.

The only steps necessary are getting them out of the plastic, a bit of a chore, and throwing them into your dryer. During a drying cycle, the dryer balls bounce around to lift and separate the laundry. This action allows the heated air to flow more evenly throughout the laundry. This saves energy and time. Since I began my non-scientific experiment, the drying time in my gas dryer has decreased when drying a full (but not overstuffed) load of towels.

Bonus: You can hear them bouncing around, it is muffled and unobtrusive, but the sound works like a reminder to check the laundry before the buzzer goes off. I have been surprised a number of times to find the laundry already dry halfway through the set drying time. Plus: Towels appear "fluffier."

One of the claims made about this type of product (there are several brands on the market making balls in different colors) is that it aids in eliminating static electricity. This is important because you may be able to stop using dryer sheets. After reading several articles on the potential problems related to dryer sheets, I am glad to report that the dryer balls do seem to do the trick in this department. If you don't know what some of the issues are regarding dryer sheets, then check out articles by Dr. Alan Greene.

No matter what color your dryer balls may be, they will stay green in your dryer!

 

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Luci Weston

@Leigh: Thanks for your comment... What a great use of this item!! I am so happy you shared this discovery. I'd like to share it with the HWA readers, so I'll link to this article and note your comment in an upcoming "Announcements, Updates, & Reminders" article. Thanks again!! :)

Leigh

Despite the original purpose of them, I found they work great at getting out knots in your back! I was actually stuck on the floor after trying to stretch out a knot under my shoulder blade. I remembered reading something about rolling a tennis ball on your back to relieve knots. I'm fresh out of tennis balls, but my laundry was right next to me. Those spikes worked wonders - the numbness in my neck and shooting pains down my arm were gone. I had that knot in my back for 3 weeks without getting relief from anything. Think of all the time and money I spent when the solution was bouncing around in my dryer.

Luci Weston

@Bose: Dr. Greene has found his niche...his name is so appropriate for all the great "green" info he offers.

@Bionic Beauty: I have heard about the scrubbing technique, I will have to try that. My friend Sue swears by it, too.

The manufacturers of the current sealed plastic packages should sell each item with a special scissor to get it open! What a pain in the butt, and dangerous!

@All Readers: The trick is to NOT over-dry the laundry - once you figure out the timing rhythm for your dryer using the dryer balls, you can get rid of the dryer sheets forever.

Bionic Beauty

I've been wondering about these actually! And I had to laugh at your question to the clerk. Too funny!

Anyhow, I've read about the horrors of dryer sheets too and now only use them occasionally. I do still use liquid softener constantly because our washing machine is old, old, old. To combat the dreaded (and dangerous) softerner-on-the-dryer-screen-buildup, I pull the dryer's lint vent once a week and scrub it down with a brush and soapy water.

Thanks so much for this review. I think I'll pick some up!

P.S. Don't you want to kill whoever invented that darn plastic packaging we see so much of these days??? Grrr!

Bose

Got them for my folks for Christmas and they really like them - great gift idea. Thanks for the link to Dr. Greene - very helpful information.

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