WHAT THEY ARE
Dryerballs, not to be confused with laundryballs, are bright blue, egg-shaped rubber balls with nodules protruding from all surface areas. They were designed to work as a team, meaning the pair of them, and to live in your dryer for as long as they last, which is over 1,000 loads or, in the average home, 2-3 years. They are non-toxic, safe, and recommended for all fabrics -- your clothing, towels, bedding, etc.!
HOW THEY WORK
As the Dryerballs tumble around in the dryer they lift and separate the fabrics allowing air to flow more efficiently, thus reducing drying time. The unique design relaxes the fibers during the drying cycle and your laundry will feel soft and fresh, eliminating the need for chemical fabric softeners.
The Dryerballs will create a greater airflow throughout the entire load and, thereby, reduce the time necessary for drying. Studies have been done that demonstrate a time savings of 15 to 25%.
Savings are accomplished in two ways by using these balls. One is the with the end of buying Dryer Sheets and Fabric Softener and the other is in the use of less gas or electricity in running the dryer. If your dryer is electric, remember that it is one of most expensive appliances in your home to run and saving 20% to 25% of that cost will pay for these Dryerballs in no time. Remember, too, that by saving time, you are extending the life expectancy of your machine.
Better Quality Laundering…
Enabling the air to move more freely throughout your entire laundry will produce a softer fabric with fewer wrinkles and that means a quicker and easier folding process, as well -- and no chemicals in your clothing or linens.
Static cling is minimal with this method and can be controlled by using less heat in the drying process and/or using a Trasan Laundry Bag for certain delicates.
Here again, because of the enhanced air movement created by the Dryerballs, lint will not be trapped in the fabric, assuring you the cleanest laundry possible. You’ll need to keep a closer eye on your lint trap, as it will be full in less time than in the past. It’s all good, as the saying goes.
A Healthy Alternative
The liquid fabric softener or dryer sheets you currently use are no longer necessary. That translates into fewer chemicals introduced into your world and
the world-at-large! Read on to learn more about this very important aspect…
Dryerballs -- Another Way to Improve Your Health and Environment:
A recent study by Anderson Laboratories gives us alarming information concerning fabric softeners. Here are their findings:
Anderson Laboratories’ chemical analysis of the airborne emissions of five commonly available fabric softeners was reported in the May, 2000, issue of the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Their study revealed that the fabric softeners emitted toluene, styrene, phenol, thymol, xylene and trimethylbenzene, among other chemicals, many of which cause acute respiratory tract irritations and inflammation. Fabric softener chemicals are made to stay in clothing fibers and slowly release for a very long time. That slow release of chemicals into the air affects the health of those wearing the clothes and people around them.
Babies, children, older people and those who are already sick, are especially hurt by these chemicals. Damage can be permanent, causing longtime illness. Babies often react with rashes, frequent crying and/or diarrhea. Disinfectants can have the same effects. Experts suggest a possible connection between Sudden Infant Death (crib death) and the use of these products for washing babies cloths and crib sheets and blankets.
Some symptoms caused by fabric softener fumes are: tiredness that is not cured by resting, difficulty breathing, nervousness for no known reason, difficulty concentrating and remembering, dizziness, headaches, sick stomach, feeling faint, rashes and/or difficulty controlling body movements. For more information, please visit www.nontoxic.com/nontoxic/.
Get Rid of Fabric Softeners!
Fabric softeners leave an oil coating on clothes. The oil builds up on the fibers and takes the absorbency out (oil repels water). In the dryer, fabric softener leaves a sticky residue on all the component parts like the moisture sensors and drum of the dryer. They can plug things up and the residue is very flammable (#1 cause of house fires is in the dryer). It tells you right on the back of some fabric softeners not to use on towels, terrycloth or fleece because it's highly flammable. Fabric softeners take the fire retardant out of baby's clothes, too.
Surprised at all that negative information? We certainly were. Next time you’re visiting your local supermarket, read the fine print on the back of these packages.
Perhaps the day will come when manufacturers include a set of Dryerballs with every dryer sold! In the meantime, you can make the world a better place by having a set in each dryer you own and considering them a great gift, not only for the homeowner, but for the RV’er, the college student and all those that frequent a