Eliminate Your Need For Fabric Softeners
My fiancée were at the store a couple months back and a new dryer product caught my eye. They are Dryer Balls, and they aim to replace dryer sheets and fabric softeners as we know them.
Basically they are small spiky balls made from PVC plastic which kneed your clothes as you dry them. Just as the arms of the dryer flip your clothes around to dry them quicker, these balls create small areas of air which they claim to make your clothes dry up to 25% quicker.
After using this product for a couple months I have made the following observations:
They work just as well as dryer sheets. I could not tell the difference between clothes dried with a dryer sheet and clothes dried with the dryer balls. The clothes were just as soft, had no static buildup, and smelled just as fresh. In fact, I prefer the smell of the dryer ball clothes.
I have not noticed if the clothes dry any quicker using the balls. I imagine that this could be true, and I will do an experiment in the future to test this.
Using the balls as opposed to the dryer sheets is not only saving the environment, but it is also eliminating another source of chemicals that I am exposed to everyday. I would not be surprised if 20 years down the road a study will find that the use of dryer sheets increases the risk of some kind of health problem.
The balls are moderately priced at $10 for a package of 2. You should of course use both with each dryer load. It will take a long time to recoup the cost from dryer sheets alone, but it will be recouped. The balls are very durable and I expect them to last a long time.
I fully recommend this product for anyone who is worried about the environment, the chemicals they are exposed to, and who thinks new technology is cool. This product is ingenious and a great buy.