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Old 03-18-2009, 11:15 AM
 
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I've heard dryer balls are good. But I feel it's probably more hype than fact.
Found a 2-pack for under $9 at walmart- Mainstays brand, which is one of their store brands, I think. 2 questions:
  1. Do dryer balls really cut drying time? (& How?)
  2. Is there a specific brand I should buy or would the generic ones from walmart be just fine?
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Old 03-21-2009, 08:12 PM
 
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I've heard dryer balls are good. But I feel it's probably more hype than fact.
Found a 2-pack for under $9 at walmart- Mainstays brand, which is one of their store brands, I think. 2 questions:
  1. Do dryer balls really cut drying time? (& How?)
  2. Is there a specific brand I should buy or would the generic ones from walmart be just fine?
They seem to work, but no for too long. They say they last 2 years, but it's more like a year, if that. Plus they make a LOT of noise.
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Old 03-21-2009, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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The ones dangling from the trailer hitch of your truck make more sense. Dryer balls and washer balls are total gimmicks designed to clean you out of money.
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Old 03-22-2009, 10:23 AM
 
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Dryer balls and washer balls are total gimmicks designed to clean you out of money.
Ah! So, they do DO something!

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Old 03-22-2009, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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I have used tennis balls in the dryer when drying down filled items, but I have never heard of washer balls.

What are they and what do they do?
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Old 03-22-2009, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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For one thing, the dryer balls are supposed to replace fabric softener which is why my Mother bought them. They are really loud and they cost too much.
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Old 03-22-2009, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Elkins, WV
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I thought they were to use instead of dryer sheets, which is nice because dryer sheets have lots of nasty funk in them that is bad for you. Our dryer balls weren't noisy, but they self-disintegrated after about 6 months. They did get rid of static. I don't think they cut down on dry time, though
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Old 03-22-2009, 07:42 PM
 
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Well, I used mine today. Dried 3 loads. Don't think it cut drying time at all. And as far as I could tell, it did nothing else. Except like others have already stated, make quite a racket in the dryer.
MeganAK, when you say disintegrated, do you mean that slowly bits of plastic were getting onto your clothes? Gosh, I would hate that.
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Old 03-23-2009, 04:38 PM
 
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Dryer balls are not for cutting down drying time they use as a replacement for fabic sheets.
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Old 03-23-2009, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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I bought them and used them once for about five minutes. Couldn't stand the racket they made and threw them right out. Don't bother with them.
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