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Old 03-20-2010, 10:27 AM   #1
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Dryer Balls... What? Why?

So can someone tell me what exactly they are, why do you use them? Do they make a difference? Thanks!

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Re: Dryer Balls... What? Why?

DH explained to me that the balls lift and separate your clothes/dipes in the dryer so that each piece gets more air. Also, the ball probably 'kicks' out a bit of moisture everytime it slams into a piece of cloth. I know a lot of mamas use like 8 fabric balls in the dryer, and it cuts down on drying time dramatically.

If I had the funds I'd so be ordering a bunch lol.
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Re: Dryer Balls... What? Why?

There's a great explanation of them in my listings - check out my siggy for pictures! I'll copy/paste the info on them here:

But how do wool dryer balls work? Why should I use them? Here are some quick facts that might interest you:

2 balls should cut your average load dry time by about 25%, while 4 balls should cut your average load dry time by as much as 50%!

The balls circulate and separate the clothing and get the warm dry air right down to the core of the laundry load! The more you have the faster the drying time, softer softness and money saved.

They speed up the drying time and soften up by gentle friction of the felted wool fibers against your clothing fibers, whereas the rubber or plastic dryer balls can tear at towels and hems.

The wool fibers absorbe static cling and the friction softens clothing. But the best part has to be that they're...

CLOTH DIAPER SAFE! Get your cloth soft again!

I even use these to dry my queen sized down comforter in the dryer - I use four - the weight in the balls is enough to fully ciruclate air through the comforter preventing the down from sticking together.
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woot I shall be making some.....
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Here's a great blog to make your own if you feel up to it!

http://goodmama.typepad.com/goodmama...yer-balls.html

For the ones that I sell, I felt them AT LEAST 3 TIMES! Once for the core, and at least twice for the final product. If I feel AT ALL they aren't felted enough, I do it again. The last thing you want is for your balls to unwind! Make sure not to have exposed velcro or other things that can snag your dryer balls in with them (bra hooks, aplix, etc...) - and cats will shred dryer balls, so don't let them have them either!
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