WESTLAKE, LA (KPLC) – The Mister Steamy claims to get your wardrobe soft and wrinkle free using the heat from your dryer to make steam. The green dryer ball is about the size of a softball and has several nubs. A few of the nubs have holes designed to release the steam created inside the ball. There's an opening with a sponge-like white material where you can add up to four ounces of water.
In order to test the Mister Steamy, I assemble two nearly identical loads of laundry. Both loads feature varying fabric types, including towels, shirts, and jeans. I decide to wash both the same way, with powder detergent and liquid softener. I dry the first load for sixty minutes with a dryer sheet. Using the Mister Steamy with four ounces of water, I dry the second load for sixty minutes as well.
After both loads are dry, I make my comparison. Both sets of laundry feel equally as soft to touch. They both have similar strength of the fragrant smell from the detergent and softener used in washing. When it comes to the towel stacks, the towels dried with the Mister Steamy are somewhat fluffier. The dress shirts are made of similar fabric blends and the polo shirts are the same brand and fabric, just different colors. I notice in the cases with both sets of shirts, the ones dried with the Mister Steamy have fewer wrinkles.
One of the other options for the Mister Steamy claims to keep you from pulling out the iron. By placing two to four ounces of water into the Mister Steamy, you should be able to release wrinkles and creases form your dry clothes in fifteen minutes. I assemble two sets of wrinkled clothes to throw into the dryer to give it a test.
I use two ounces of water for the first trial. After fifteen minutes, I pull out my clothes to find some wrinkles released, but most remained intact. I use two ounces of water again for my second pair of clothes. Again, these come out only slightly less wrinkled with the creases well intact. Using this second set of clothes, I put them in the dryer for another fifteen minutes, but this time I add the full four ounces of water. After fifteen minutes, the clothes come out with creases and wrinkles still apparent. I iron one leg to compare to the other leg with the Mister Steamy. The ironed leg is flat, smooth, and crease free while the Mister Steamy leg remains wrinkled and creased.
The Mister Steamy does well releasing wrinkles when drying wet clothes; however, it has trouble releasing wrinkles in dried clothes. Of course the types of fabric as well as the heat settings on your dryer may give you different results that what we were able to obtain. For our trials, the effectiveness of the Mister Steamy straddles the fence depending on the intended use. Therefore, Mister Steamy spins a KIND OF for this week's "Does it Work?" test. A two pack of Mister Steamy Dryer Balls cost about $15 at a local business.
We contacted the customer service line in reference to our test results. They told us that no one on the company's behalf would be available to comment on our Mister Steamy test results by our deadline.
Web Extra: Here are a few extra notes on the Mister Steamy. It says that in order to use the Mister Steamy to release wrinkles in dry clothes, you must use two to four ounces of water for at least fifteen minutes. The instructions say the inner sponge will begin to shrink with time, but that it will not affect the performance of the product. Also, they suggest replacing the ball every 3-6 months. Only one ball is required per load of laundry. A few notes on our test. The dryer we used only has one heat setting. You may be able to improve results if your dryer has a higher heat setting. The instructions call for approximately 2-4 ounces and to avoid overflow. When filling the ball with four ounces of water, I had some overflow not absorbed by the sponge. So I adjusted my water fill to less than four ounces. When in use, the dryer ball created quite a racket for the first few minutes. Once the ball heats up, the ball is more pliable and the noise dissipated significantly.