Dryer Balls- Product Opinions & Questions

Hi All! Has anyone ever tried those dryer balls advertised on T.V.? You can also get them at Wal-Mart and JC Penney. I guess I should have asked this question BEFORE I bought them!...lol I've always wanted to try them but didn't want to pay the price. Got them tonight at JC Penneyfor around $5

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    Hi All!
    Has anyone ever tried those dryer balls advertised on T.V.? You can also get them at Wal-Mart and JC Penney. I guess I should have asked this question BEFORE I bought them!...lol I've always wanted to try them but didn't want to pay the price. Got them tonight at JC Penneyfor around (clearance + an additonal % off + coupon). Either I'm oout 5 bucks cause they don't work or I'm not going to have to buy fabric softener/sheets for awhile. I'll be testing them out next time I do laundry.

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    So, I've done multiple loads of laundry since buying the dryer balls. They seem to be working. I've had minor problems if the load is too big but my clothes are still coming out soft and static free.

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    I got the Dryer balls about a year ago. Love them them. they are still working, you don't want to put too much in the dryer. Mine were on clearance also-I remember paying about 2.50 for them ( CVS ) had them at that time. I don't use dryer sheets at all anymore." You have gotten a deal with this product".
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    I might have to dry my black pants seperately. They seem to be the only ones that still have the static cling. I think the balls do great when I have the larger loads, even towels. Just those stinking black work pants! Must be the material or something. Wonder if it has something to do with the fact that I add my jeans in with the load?....

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    i have 4 of them banging around in my dryer.

    pro:
    -do not seem to wear out or die.
    -do not seem to mark clothing
    -keep sheets a little less tangled
    -keep towels fluffier

    con:
    -i am not blessed with a dryer that turns off itself when stuff is done so i do not think that i use them to their full advantage
    -they are like socks and sometimes go missing-found one in a couch cover after a long while searching
    -they are loud -i bet many an apartment neighbor curse some people

    overall i would consider them a good buy and would like them even more if my dryer was newer.

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    Thanks everyone! I use vinegar in my final rinse instead of fabric softener and it's worked great but was wondering about the dry balls so going to go get them! Has anyone tried the washing machine magnets yet? It eliminates laundry soap. I wanted to try those also.

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    I haven't tried the balls, but do use vinegar, though I don't see any softness or anti-static benefit from using that. I do it to help remove the laundry degergent, and as a germ fighter.
    But, I have found, the cheapes brand of dryer sheets and cut them in half and only use half a sheet does just fine. I'll get the cheapest I can find, and simply take them out, cut in half and use. That becomes pretty inexpensive. And, I do wash and dry a lot of clothes, daily.
    I've also switched to the cheapest detergent I can get, and use half the recomended amount. Been doing that for over a year now. And, even though hubby has a very dirty, sweaty job, I haven't noticed that the clothes are any less clean or any left over smell. So again that is quite economical.
    I see they have the dryer bars. Had them YEARS UPON YEARS AGO. I used to use them, stick them in and forget for many loads. Usually, I left them in well over the recomended nuber of dyer loads.
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    Be careful of dryer sheets! They deposit a waxy sustenance on the filter that can cause fires. Make sure you remove the lint filter and wash it with warm soapy water at least twice a year. I make my own laundry soap.

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    Here's my Homemade Laundry Soup Recipe:
    4 cups hot tap water
    **1 Fels Naptha Soap bar
    1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
    1/2 cup 20-Mule Team Borax

    **you can use Ivory, Sunlight, Kirk's Hardwater Castile or Zote Bars instead. Don't use heavily perfumed soaps!

    Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium Heat until soap dissolves and is melted. Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken. Stir and fill a used clean laundry soap container half full with the soap and then fill the rest of the way with water. Shake before each use as the soap will gel.

    Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons once the soap has cooled.

    Yields: 10 gallons liquid soap

    Use 1/4 cup per load unless you have soft water. If you have soft water use just 1 Tablespoon per load.

    This works very well and lasts a long time!
    Last edited by brchbell; 10-24-2009 at 10:46 PM. Reason: Typo

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    I've tried the dryer balls but I still get some static on my clothings... boy do I hate staticy clothing, it's one of my biggest pet peeves.

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    I got some dry balls at Walmart marked down to $2 and frankly that's all they are worth! Still got static clothes with them.

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    From what I have been reading the plastic/rubber dryer balls crate a chemical smell and let off chemicals that are breathed in by you and your family...not cool! I am going to try making my own wool dryer balls which should help with drying time because the wool will wick away moisture from your cloths and also keep static away while softening. I love the idea of a natural fiber that will hold up!!! If you have wool allergies these would not affect you since no wool fibers would transfer to your clothing

 

 

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