LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Dryer balls are reusable, soft-spiked, rubber balls that promise to replace the chemical based liquid softeners and dryer sheets you use to keep your clothes static free and comfy. It's time to take care of some dirty laundry.
I began by separating my laundry and here's what I had to say. "Well I separated out almost two identical loads of laundry here. We going to wash both of them separately and then dry both of them, one with the new dryer balls and one with your traditional fabric softener sheet. What I have here is about three towels and some washcloths, and a day's worth of clothing: a shirt, some socks, a button down shirt, and a pair of pants so let's head to the washer and get these things started."
I chose to do a mixed load instead of separating by fabric or color for a good reason. I wanted to ensure that we tested the balls with different fabrics to ensure they worked on many fabric types as possible. I placed the first load into wash, using an unscented detergent. I moved the first clean load into the dryer with the scented dryer sheet. I set the dryer to sixty minutes. After an hour I grabbed my dried laundry and folded it, and then I placed it in the pile. I washed the second load the same way as I did the first in preparation for the dryer balls.
I then said, "It's time to test out the dryer balls on our next load of laundry. Now they claim to save you money, but that claim is actually two fold. First of all, spend less money every year on fabric softeners and dryer sheets, and secondly, it claims to save on your energy bills by cutting down on the drying time by twenty-five percent. So this time around we'll drop this down to forty-five minutes instead of sixty to find out if they really work."
The dryer was slightly noisier with the balls in it, but not enough to cause any headaches. With the second load retrieved and folded, I give my judgment as follows:
"With both loads of laundry complete, the dryer balls did a pretty impressive job. All different types of fabric are relatively smooth. They're static free as well as odor free. Although, they could have used another five or ten minutes in the dryer, I'd say these little buggers worked."
If you're still not sold, we found some other uses for the balls. Although not recommended by the manufacturer, the blue balls can also be used to break up a boring day at the office by using them as a throw toy. You can use them the kitchen as a meat tenderizer as well. Or how about as a shoulder massager to melt away that morning show stress, the choice of our Britney Glaser. Regardless, the dryer balls tumble dry to a YES for this week's 'Does it Work?' test.
We grabbed a two pack of the dryer balls for $9.99 plus tax at a local Lake Charles business. The suggest using up to eight balls per load to optimize results. The product boasts a two year performance guarantee.