What are dryer balls
and how do they work?

Dryer balls are most commonly made of tightly compressed wool, but can also be made of plastic or rubber.

They help prevent laundry from clumping together in the dryer by tumbling between layers and separating fabric. This action allows warm air to circulate better which can even help reduce drying time. The movement of the dryer balls against fabrics can also help fight wrinkles, prevent static and soften clothes.


Types of Dryer balls

Wool Dryer Balls.

Wool Dryer Balls

Natural, environmentally friendly and long lasting, wool dryer balls can help absorb moisture from fabrics to improve drying time. Also the quietest option when bouncing around in the dryer.

Plastic and Rubber Dryer Balls.

Plastic & Rubber Dryer Balls

These are durable options and a better choice for those wanting to avoid the possible shed of wool fibers and pilling that may result from wool dryer balls. The bumpy nodules or spikes on some plastic and rubber dryer balls can help open up clothes further, by moving and tugging the fabric to separate layers as they roll around.

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Refresh your wool dryer balls every 8-12 months

Place each one individually into a sock and tie off the opening. Wash them in a hot water cycle and dry in the dryer, until thoroughly dried. Doing this will help refresh and recompact the fibers for longer use.

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Should I use dryer balls or dryer sheets?

Dryer balls may be a more eco-friendly alternative to dryer sheets, as they can be used many times, as opposed to the one time use of dryer sheets.


A better choice for those with allergies, dryer balls don’t contain the softeners and heavy scents often present in dryer sheets.

While dryer balls may be a simple solution to reduce static with more mild softening, dryer sheets remain a good option for those looking for extra softening effects and added fragrance.


Learn more about dryer sheets and fabric softener options to find the right fit for your laundry needs.

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How do I use dryer balls and how many?

A majority of dryer balls are sold in packages of 3, which is the average amount needed for most loads of laundry, from small to large. Safe for use in both gas and electric dryers, simply place the dryer balls in your dryer at the start of a cycle.

Be sure not to overload your dryer with laundry, as this can prevent proper drying and extend drying time. 

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Reduce static by dampening wool dryer balls before use

Lightly spray wool dryer balls with water before tossing them into the dryer with your laundry. Doing so will generate a slight steam effect and help further fight static build-up.

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