What Do Tumble Dryer Balls Do
Dryer balls have been around for the longest time, but they’ve recently become incredibly popular – ever since one brand of wool dryer balls received over 12,000 five-star Amazon reviews earlier this year. Yet many still aren’t aware of what they do, how they work and how they help our clothes. So the team at Repair Aid have decided to cover everything you need to know about dryer balls.
Firstly, it’s important to outline that dryer balls can be constructed from various materials – such as plastic, rubber and, most popularly, wool. Those looking for a more environmentally-friendly alternative to fabric softener and dryer sheets will often turn to wool dryer balls. Not only that, but wool dryer balls are thought to actually stop laundry from clumping in the dryer. Additionally, wool balls are also quicker and more efficient when it comes to drying loads of laundries thanks to the heat retained from the dryer – further increasing their drying powers.
This is perhaps most apparent when we think of drying rather large pieces of fabric that can stick together, such as towels. In order to be properly dried, the towels need to be separated to allow warm air to circulate. So having dryer balls lodged between the fabrics during the drying process can allow warmer air to flow between garments much quicker.
As to why wool dryer balls would replace fabric softener, this is due to the way in which the balls interact with fibres in linens and clothes. The wool balls will agitate the fibre, making the garments soft to touch. Dryer sheets can also be replaced thanks to wool balls. No need to worry about that dreaded static cling that can occur when you don’t use sheets – your clothes and linens should be static free.
However, in the event that the static is still there, make sure to spray water onto the dryer balls before putting them into the tumble dryer. This will increase the levels of humidity within the tumble dryer and, thus, remove any remaining static. Conversely, simply stick a small meal object – such as a safety pin – onto a dryer ball to eliminate the static.
While unscented (which can be good for some), it’s quite easy to add a bit of fragrance if it is necessary for you. Just apply some essential oils – like lemon or lavender – to the balls and let it get absorbed for a few hours before using them during a drying cycle.
One amazing facet of wool dryer balls is how long they last. While mileage can vary, some wool dryer balls can be used upwards of 1,000 uses which, for most people, will last up to 5 years. The only time you’ll need to worry about replacing them is when you see that balls have started to unravel.
The right way to use wool dryer balls
Dryer balls need the space to work their magic – allowing them to move freely around, separating your clothes and letting the hot air to flow into those often hard-to-reach spaces. As such, it’s not the best idea to use them in big loads as their efficiency will go right down; they are best suited to small or medium-sized loads.
If you’ve got a lot of washing to do, it’s worth breaking up a big load into two loads. While you may think that this will take longer, it won’t if you make use of dryer balls. This is particularly helpful for those who need to have washing done as quickly as possible – such as families with schoolchildren or those who have to use their work uniform everyday.
To properly use wool dryer balls, simply put your clothes into the tumble dryer with about 6 or so normal-sized wool balls (half this if the balls are of a bigger size). The dryer balls will shift around to quickly get your clothes drier. However, if you’re having problems with getting your clothes dry, there may be an underlying problem with your tumble dryer. If there’s a problem, the team at Repair Aid will be able to find out thanks to our extensive servicing and repair of all brands, makes and models of tumble dryers.