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« on: February 16, 2012 11:40:56 AM »

So I found some stuff about dryer balls and making your own and I was so excited! I made some! And then I realized they were WAY too small so I made them bigger. See?

I haven't used them used them yet, but I wanted to get other people's opinions already anyway. Has anyone else used dryer balls? Do they work? Soften? Reduce static? Reduce drying time? Anyone made them? Let's talk about our balls!
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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2012 11:56:39 AM »

I've never used them but the idea is neat!
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2012 02:58:54 PM »

BALLS!!! These are cool, jexxi. I think they look nice just hanging around in a bowl - even if they didn't have a practical use Smiley.
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2012 02:16:24 AM »

How did you make them? I'd love to make some too, but I'm in France for the next year and all my fiber is at home Sad I'm sure I could find wool here somewhere though. Anyone know the french word for wool?
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2012 06:55:10 AM »

Maybe I should have posted the tute link sooner, eh? I also looked around and it seems that according to most people they need to be about eh size of tennis balls, if anyone else wants to give it a go.

Lime, I agree that they are nice for just their form instead of with a function. The kids lost one of the "cores" but I let it go because they make great toys, too. I was thinking needle felting some designs on there would be cool. The leader of my fiber guild last night said she wants some to fill a black bowl she has in her living room. So even if their function as "dryer balls" doesn't work, I think making them is still a good idea. Who knows, maybe a swap item?

I would still like some feedback, though. I tried 4 in the dryer yesterday with the towels but I didn't notice any difference drying time. I haven't put the towels away yet, though, so we'll see how they feel when I do. And maybe I should have used more than 4?
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2012 08:51:27 AM »

Batgirl made me three a little larger than tennis balls...I use them mostly with towels...dryer sheets tend to make towels less absorbent so I don't use them for towels, but I use the balls mostly to soften them...I also think they keep the towels from wrapping themselves around each other since I personally think they do dry faster...the balls must also absorb some of the moisture because I have used them afterwards to freshen up t-shirts that I forgot to take out and then they got wrinkly...she made me a red,orange and purple one...when not in use, they sit in my laundry room in a basket looking pretty!

(boy, this is a hard topic to discuss without feeling like I need to smoke a cigarette... Cheesy)...but it is a clean topic...(boo hiss)

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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2012 08:58:32 PM »

So I've been using them a little more and while they don't really reduce static, at least not if there is polar fleece in there, like kids' jamas and blankets, which are really the only things that make the static anyway, they do seem to be reducing drying time. Now. Maybe they needed to be used some so they go harder or something? I don't know, but either way, I dried 3 loads of Russ' laundry today in under an hour each load, which is good especially since when it is colder outside (Snow today???) my dryer seems to suck.

Back to the questions from my original post, current verdicts:
Reduces static: NO
Reduces Drying time: YES
Soften: Hell, I don't know. How soft was our stuff to begin with?


Thoughts? Questions? Insights? Still love to hear from you guys. I love talking about balls!
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« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2012 04:28:38 AM »

jexxican...I have to tell you...I've been reading your posts and they are getting weirder and weirder, but are oddly entertaining...in a good way!  Grin
(I've never used the dryer balls, no opinion here, sorry.)
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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2012 07:38:11 AM »

I love my wooly balls.
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I think they do reduce drying time. They also make GREAT toys for my girls!
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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2012 09:54:30 AM »

Jexxi - your balls look awesome! Smiley
I'm going to make some too, thank you for the link! Smiley
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