I’ve tested drying times with and without wool dryer balls, and the results are quite amazing. Wool dryer balls cut at least 25% off the time to dry a load of laundry, saving time and energy. I have also found these balls stuck tightly in the long sleeve of a T-shirt and the pocket of a pair of jeans! They work their way into tight spaces, and that’s what makes them so awesome.
Because dryer balls also agitate against the fibers in clothes and linens, everything feels softer coming out of the dryer. And, used properly (instructions coming up), they also take care of static cling.
As wool dryer balls need room to bounce and play with wet clothes and linens, dryer balls do their best and fastest work when the dryer is not crammed full. You’ll find that two medium-size loads will dry faster and more efficiently than one gigantic load. Dryer balls need room to work.
Some of you wrote saying you really miss the lovely fragrance you had when using dryer sheets. If this is important to you, here’s a much healthier and better alternative:
Add a few drops of essential oil to each of the dryer balls. Give them time to absorb the oil deep into the fibers. A few hours is advisable. You’ll begin to notice a subtle, nontoxic fragrance in your clean, soft laundry.
The biggest complaint I have received from readers is that while dryer sheets would eliminate static cling, the wool dryer balls do not. Much of the reason static occurs is due to overdrying clothes. You are definitely going to notice static if the dryer is allowed to run too long, with or without wool dryer balls.
Here’s what I do, because I do not have the time to stand in the laundry room watching and waiting for things to not become overdried: I spray my wool dryer balls with water, getting them quite wet. The laundry dries faster than the wool dryer balls because they are so dense, elevating the humidity in the dryer. Works like a charm and does not harm the dryer balls in any way or increase the drying time.
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