Have you heard of dryer balls? They’re one of those super useful, random buys that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without. And yes the name is awkward, but totally appropriate: dryer balls are exactly what they sound like!
A little background.
I first starting using dryer balls because I wanted to wash a down jacket. I put it in the washing machine and then I read that you should put 2-3 clean tennis balls into your dryer with the jacket so that it poufs up again. The balls help break up wet clumps of down – meaning getting down wet doesn’t ruin it you just need to put in a little extra effort. When I was telling this to a friend she told me why bother with tennis balls when you can just use dryer balls? Of course I immediately Googled them and found out she was referring to a Made for TV product that you can now get online.
These, eco-friendly, handmade wool balls not only can come in handy with down for fluffing, but with any load of laundry you’re drying because they shorten drying time, soften fabric and reduce static. Basically they take your dryer sheets up a notch. The particular ones pictured above, from Smart Sheep, are natural so they won’t irritate sensitive skin (no chemicals or synthetics used). I’ve only just started using them so I can’t attest to how long they last, but from what my friend told me and reviews I’ve read at least a year! Woolzies (pictured below) is another leading brand (and look a little more luxe in my opinion) and they make a long list of laundry-related products. They claim their dryer balls last 1,000 loads!