Do Dryer Balls Work?

Wool dryer balls work amazingly well. Not only do they make your laundry fluffy and fragrant, but they are also more environmentally friendly.

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Benefits of Dryer Balls

Dryer balls have so many benefits. Here are a few of the reasons these adorable wooly wonders will revolutionize your laundry process and become home essentials.

  • Saving time: wool dryer balls increase drying efficiency by improving airflow and absorbing moisture from clothes, resulting in faster drying times.
  • Reduce wrinkles: the gentle agitation and improved airflow provided by wool dryer balls help prevent clothes from bunching up, reducing wrinkles and the need for ironing.
  • Quieter operation: the soft and natural fibers of wool absorb noise during the drying process, providing a quieter and more peaceful laundry experience.
  • No bad chemicals: unlike scented dryer sheets and laundry detergents, wool dryer balls are free from added fragrances or chemicals, making them suitable for sensitive skin or allergies.
  • Environmentally friendly: wool dryer balls are a sustainable alternative to disposable dryer sheets, as they are made from natural, renewable, biodegradable, and compostable materials.
  • Save money: by reducing drying time and eliminating the need for single-use dryer sheets and fabric softeners, wool dryer balls help save energy and reduce long-term laundry costs.
  • Customizable: wool dryer balls are unscented, making them ideal for choosing the fragrance you love. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to wool dryer balls or spritz them with our scenting spray.
  • Pure cuteness: our wool dryer balls come in adorable designs like puppiessheep, and penguins, adding adorableness to your laundry routine. Of course, you can opt for plain wool dryer balls as well.

How do Dryer Balls Work? 

Dryer balls shorten drying times, fluff your laundry, and are a great way to add essential oil fragrances to your laundry. They're pure magic.

Here are just a few of the ways that these wooly wonders work in the dryer.

  • Improved air circulation: as the dryer balls tumble, they separate and lift the clothing, allowing hot air to circulate more efficiently. 
  • Moisture absorption: the wool fibers of the dryer balls absorb excess moisture from the clothes.  
  • Softening and fluffing: the gentle agitation of the dryer balls helps to naturally soften fabrics and reduce wrinkles. 
  • Reduction of static cling: by preventing clothes from sticking together during the drying process, wool dryer balls help to minimize static electricity buildup.

Wool Dryer Ball Tips

  • Spray dryer balls with water and put them in the dryer's drum to create a steam effect, which can further reduce wrinkles.
  • Add a few drops of essential oil to your wool dryer balls (or spritz them with our Anti Static Essential Oils Scenting Spray) before putting them in the dryer to make them smell nice.
  • Put your dryer balls in the washing machine with your regular laundry and wash them in hot water to clean them.

How Many Dryer Balls Per Load Do You Need?

Here are some general rules that should help you judge how many wool dryer balls to use.

  • For small to medium-sized loads, 3-4 balls should get the job done.
  • For larger loads, you can use 5-8 balls.
  • For extra-large loads, you may want to go as high as 9-12 balls.

You can’t really have too many wool dryer balls in your dryer, so if in doubt, just add more. Or, experiment to find your sweet spot. 

Do Dryer Balls Damage Clothes?

Dryer balls do not damage clothes. Actually, they’re gentler on fabrics than traditional dryer sheets. The soft and rounded surface of dryer balls helps prevent clothes from getting tangled and twisted during the drying process. 

Dryer balls promote better air circulation, allowing hot air to reach the clothes evenly and efficiently. This reduces the need for longer drying times or high heat settings, which can potentially cause damage to delicate fabrics.

Wool vs Plastic Dryer Balls

Wool dryer balls are better than plastic dryer balls in so many ways. Wool dryer balls help fabrics feel softer and decrease static cling. Wool dryer balls are also eco-friendly, renewable, and chemical-free. 

Plastic dryer balls are typically less effective in terms of softening and reducing static. They’re also terrible for the environment. 

Let’s look at some differences between wool dryer balls and plastic ones.

  1. Material: wool dryer balls are made from natural materials, typically 100% wool. They are hypoallergenic and gentle on clothes. Plastic dryer balls are made from…plastic.
  2. Drying performance: wool dryer balls are known for their excellent drying performance. They help to separate and fluff the clothes, allowing hot air to circulate more efficiently and reducing drying time. Plastic dryer balls may not provide the same level of agitation and airflow, resulting in longer drying times.
  3. Softening: wool dryer balls naturally soften clothes. The gentle friction created by the balls helps to loosen and lift fibers, resulting in softer material. 
  4. Static reduction: wool dryer balls reduce static because they absorb humidity at the start of the drying cycle, then release it at the end. Over-drying clothes and bedding breeds static electricity, and humidity is the key to eliminating it.
  5. Eco-friendliness: wool dryer balls are biodegradable, renewable, and do not contribute to plastic waste. On the other hand, plastic dryer balls are made from synthetic materials, which have a higher environmental impact in their manufacture and disposal. 
  6. Durability: plastic dryer balls win in this regard. They are longer-lasting than wool dryer balls. They can withstand higher temperatures and do not break down or shed over time. Still, quality wool dryer balls can last up to 1,000 loads of laundry, which is not nothing.
  7. Chemical-free: wool dryer balls are a chemical-free alternative to traditional dryer sheets, which often contain synthetic fragrances and additives. Plastic dryer balls do not release any chemicals during the drying process.

Dryer Balls vs Tennis Balls

Wool dryer balls are far superior to tennis balls for drying laundry. If you’ve been using tennis balls, get ready to make the switch.

  • Natural and eco-friendly: wool dryer balls are made from 100% natural wool, while tennis balls are made of synthetic materials. Choosing wool dryer balls aligns with sustainable and environmentally conscious practices.
  • Gentle and chemical-free: wool dryer balls are free from harsh chemicals and synthetic additives, making them a great fabric softener substitute. In contrast, tennis balls contain chemicals or coatings that can transfer onto your laundry.
  • Enhanced softening and fluffing: wool dryer balls naturally soften fabrics, reduce wrinkles, and help to maintain the fluffiness of garments. Tennis balls, on the other hand, lack the softening capabilities of wool dryer balls.
  • Reduced drying time and energy savings: the absorbent properties of wool dryer balls help to wick away excess moisture from clothes, leading to shorter drying times. This not only saves energy but also reduces wear and tear on fabrics.
  • Decreased static cling: wool dryer balls minimize static electricity in the dryer, resulting in less static cling on clothes. Tennis balls can sometimes contribute to static electricity.
  • Long-lasting and reusable: wool dryer balls are durable and can be used for years, while tennis balls tend to wear out faster.

Dryer Sheets vs Dryer Balls

When comparing wool dryer balls vs dryer sheets, wool dryer balls win hands down.

  • Reduce drying time. Wool dryer balls create space between items and prevent overdrying. Warm air can circulate more freely between fabrics, requiring less time and energy to dry wet clothes completely. Increased air circulation reduces drying time by up to 25%. The balls also absorb moisture from the clothes, allowing them to dry even faster. 
  • Save money. Wool dryer balls are reusable and can last for hundreds of loads, as opposed to dryer sheets, which must be replaced after each use. Because dryer balls last longer, you will use fewer of them over time, saving you money on liquid fabric softener and dryer sheets.
  • Befriend the environment. Wool dryer balls are eco-friendly laundry products with a low environmental impact because they are made of natural, biodegradable New Zealand wool. You can help reduce landfill waste and contribute to a more sustainable future by eliminating single-use dryer sheets.
  • Dryer sheets frequently contain synthetic chemicals and artificial fragrances that can irritate sensitive skin and cause allergic reactions. Wool dryer balls, on the other hand, do not contain any harsh chemicals or fragrances. They offer a chemical-free and hypoallergenic alternative to softening clothes and reducing static cling.
  • Stop static. The movement and gentle friction of wool dryer balls reduce static electricity. The balls naturally separate the garments as they tumble in the dryer, reducing friction and static cling. This means less clothing sticking together and more static-free laundry.
  • Add natural fragrance. Our wool dryer balls are unscented, but if you prefer scented laundry, you can spritz them with our Essential Oil Anti-Static Scenting Spray before each cycle. The balls will absorb the oil and release a subtle fragrance during the drying process, leaving your clothes lightly scented.
  • Use less energy. Shorter drying cycles will reduce your energy bills. Switching to wool dryer balls is a low-cost option for your laundry routine.

Wool Dryer Balls FAQ

Do you really need dryer balls?

You can do laundry without dryer balls, but why would you want to? Once you’ve tried Smart Sheep dryer balls, you’ll never go back to doing laundry without them. Our dryer balls reduce drying time, leaving your clothes softer, wrinkles and fragrance free.

How many dryer balls should you use?

Use the perfect number of wool dryer balls to get the results you want, depending on your load size. Feel free to experiment.

Also, here are some general rules of thumb:

  • For small to medium loads, 3-4 dryer balls are enough.
  • For larger loads, use between 5 and 8 dryer balls.
  • For extra-large loads, put between 8 and 12 dryer balls.

Do dryer balls really save energy?

Dryer balls save energy during the drying process. They increase air circulation within the dryer, allowing hot air to be distributed more evenly and efficiently. This improved airflow reduces drying time, which leads to energy savings. Dryer balls reduce drying time, lower energy consumption, and reduce utility costs. 

Do dryer balls save drying time?

Dryer balls reduce drying time. They create space between the clothes, allowing hot air to circulate more efficiently. This improved airflow dries the clothes faster. The gentle tumbling action of the balls also separates the clothes, reducing clumping and promoting even drying.

Do dryer balls remove lint?

Wool dryer balls remove lint by keeping your laundry items separate during the drying cycle, which reduces friction and creates less lint.

Can I use tennis balls as dryer balls?

You can use tennis balls as dryer balls, but why would you want to? Wool dryer balls are just so much better. They are made from natural wool fibers, which are gentler on fabrics and don't release any harmful chemicals. Wool dryer balls are more effective in reducing drying time, minimizing wrinkles, and eliminating static cling. They are also reusable and eco-friendly, making them the obvious choice.

How often can you reuse dryer balls?

Dryer balls can be reused for many cycles, typically lasting for 1,000 or more loads of laundry.

What if I don't have dryer balls?

If you don't have dryer balls, buy our wool dryer balls ASAP to fix the situation. Every household needs wool dryer balls to make laundry better.

Why replace dryer balls?

Replace wool dryer balls when they become larger and softer. They will eventually unravel. They should last for 2 to 4 years, depending on the number of loads you do per day.

Are dryer balls bad for your dryer?

Wool dryer balls are not bad for your dryer because they are not as dense as synthetic materials, so they will not damage your machine as they bounce around during the drying cycle. 

Can you put a dryer ball in the washing machine?

You can put your dryer balls in the washing machine. Wash them on a gentle cycle with the rest of your laundry.

Do dryer balls reduce pet hair?

Wool dryer balls remove pet hair from your clothing during the drying cycle. They remove fur, hair, lint, dander, and other debris from your clothes, bed sheets, duvet covers, jackets, dresses, blankets, and anything else that you wash and dry.

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