What are they?
Dryer balls are usually plastic or wool balls (around the size of a tennis ball) that you put in the dryer (go figure) with your clothes. A lot of the time, especially when it’s not a full load, clothes tend to clump together and take forever to dry because it’s basically just one mass being thrown around in the dryer. When you use dryer balls they get in between the clothes and separate them, which creates a pocket for the air to enter. Many sites that I’ve seen claim that they can reduce drying time anywhere from 25%(for a full load) to 40% (for a small load). I have actually found this to be fairly accurate. Loads that normally took 60 minutes are now taking 40 minutes and loads that took 80 minutes are at about 60 minutes. I do not have a high efficiency dryer, which is why I started my search to make doing laundry cost less. Dryer balls not only reduce drying time, but reduce wrinkles and static. This means that you don’t need to use dryer sheets anymore (extra bonus for me since I’m allergic to added fragrances). With a small investment in dryer balls you will get your money back over and over again in not only energy savings, but by not using dryer sheets.
Or you can go a healthier route and use 100% Wool. You can either buy something like these, or you can make some. I found a couple of great tutorials on how to make your own wool dryer balls or try this video: Youtube tutorial on how to make dryer balls.
One skein of yarn yields about 2 dryer balls and
you will need between 4 and 6 balls.
When I tried making my own it was a disaster because I tried to wind the balls way too tightly, they need to have room for the wool to felt. The other thing that I did wrong was to wash them using cold water…again, they need to felt and you need to use HOT water for that to happen properly. Happy Saving everyone!