Dryer balls come in a variety of materials and sizes (plastic, rubber, and wool). Wool dryer balls are the natural, eco-friendly, biodegradable alternative to the use of liquid fabric softener. They help prevent laundry from clumping in the dryer. The balls also retain the heat they receive on the dryer and boost the drying process. This way, laundry dries more efficiently and faster, thus reducing drying times in your load of laundry. The dryer balls accelerate the separation of garments in the dryer and allow warm air to flow between garments faster and easier.
Additionally, wool dryer balls help to soften fabrics when used in the dryer. The balls continually agitate against the fibers in clothes and linens. So, after a shorter drying cycle, your clothes would also be soft to touch. When used properly, dryer balls can even take care of static cling.
How to use dryer balls?
Using them is extremely easy, just throw in your clothes, throw in the wool dryer balls usually 3 to 6 regular sized dryer balls should do the trick. To completely eliminate static electricity buildup some tweaking is needed. Some people complain about dryer balls not removing completely the static electricity from garments. There’s an easy fix! Just spray the dryer balls with a bit of water before throwing them into the dryer. This elevates the humidity level in the dryer and should remove any static. However, you can also pin a safety pin into one of the dryer balls and let the metal diffuse the static. To add fragrance, just add a drop of your favourite essential oil on the dryer ball. Best for natural fibres, like cotton (not acrylics or polyester blends).