Dryer balls are a unique product designed to leave clothes soft and static free as well as make the process of doing laundry more economical. They are relatively large rubber balls about 3 inches (7.6 cm)in diameter that have rubber spikes on the surface. When placed in the dryer among the wet laundry the balls help to lift and separate the clothes reducing static and drying time as well as leaving the clothes soft and fluffy. Technically, they work by improving the circulation of heat and air through the wet items.
Ideally, the dryer balls eliminate the need for dryer sheets by doing the work naturally rather than chemically. Replacing dryer sheets with dryer balls will save money since the balls are reusable. They are relatively inexpensive and are intended to last for at least two years before they need to be replaced. Compared to the average price of dryer sheets, which must be purchased regularly, using dryer balls may save people a lot of money.
Using dryer balls instead of chemically treated dryer sheets may also be healthier for people as well as the environment because there is no risk of chemical residues being left on clothing and released into the air. The balls are non-toxic and hypoallergenic, a definite advantage for people and babies with sensitive skin.
Dryer balls are also economical because they reduce drying time by up to 40%. As a result, electrical bills and energy consumption will decrease. A reduced drying time is far more convenient for those with busy lifestyles as well.
Though better for the environment and your wallet, dryer balls do have one negative aspect. Because of their size and weight, when placed in a running dryer, they are noisy. This may be a problem for people who have a dryer in their home in close proximity to their living area. For those who dry their clothes at a laundromat or have a separate laundry area in the home, the benefits will probably far outweigh the potentially irritating thumping noise.
The actual effectiveness of dryer balls is disputed among users. Many people have found that they meet all their expectations while others think that static electricity is increased and that drying time stays the same. These discrepancies concerning their effectiveness can probably be explained by the quality and efficiency of the appliance that they are used in.