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cinnamon teal
« on: February 13, 2011 01:47:09 PM »

I'm interested in making a set of wool dryer balls. I have very sensitive skin and the chemically stuff on the commercial dryer sheets just does not work for me. Also, I like that they cut down dryer time! But I have a couple small concerns. First, do they shed lint onto your clothes? Or do they bleed colors at all? Would it be disastrous to use red or black ones on a load of whites?

Thanks so much!
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ChrisSews
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2011 10:45:44 PM »

The ones I've used have never shed lint on the clothes.  I make mine from raw wool though and not from wool yarn.  Different fibers might make a difference but I doubt any of them would shed that much. 

As for the dye.  I would test it first as they could bleed. Soak them in some hot water and see if any of the dye bleeds.   Again I've made mine from natural colored wool so no issue with dye.  If you're using dyed wool it would all depend on what kind of dye and how it was set.  You do wash the balls in hot water in the process of making them so most dye that might bleed should come out but a strong dye could continue to bleed.  I don't think I'd use a red ball in with white clothes.  Maybe use light balls with whites, darks with darks.  Or test the balls 1st.   
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