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Has anyone uses tumble dryer balls? Do they work in reducing the time? My 11 year old dryer is starting to take a very long time to fully dry things. Wasn't sure if they work, or more of a gimic?

If so, should I go for the rubber or wool ones?

Thanks!

FG280
a month ago
What do you think of this?
Leannexxx
Leannexxxa month ago

I got some didn't use them much but friend uses tin foil balls she said they work

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FG280
FG280
Original Poster
a month ago

Tin foil?! Never even knew this was an option. Just saw the spiky rubber ones and the wool ones.

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Leannexxx
Leannexxxa month ago

FG280 As clothes tumble around and rub against one another in the dryer, they exchange electrons. ... Throwing a few balls of aluminum in the dryer will fight this. The foil balls both discharge any static buildup that the clothes may experience and help keep the clothes separated, which should speed up the drying process.

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FG280
FG280
Original Poster
a month ago

Leannexxx thank you! Makes sense, just never heard of it! If I give it a go, will let you know.

Hoping I can get a year or two more from this machine 🤞

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gerrykelly25
gerrykelly25a month ago

Leannexxx great tip! Never heard this before. I’ll give it a go

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Leannexxx
Leannexxxa month ago

gerrykelly25 hope it works for you

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheapa month ago

Is that just normal tin foil for cooking on balled up?

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Leannexxx
Leannexxxa month ago

Imnotcheap yeah hun can reuse them aswel

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheapa month ago

Leannexxx thanks will give that a try later

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tara73ziva
tara73zivaa month ago

I just use the plastic ones or clean tennis balls for drying feather down items as they help fluff them back up

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FG280
FG280
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a month ago

I have used tennis balls in the past for my down gilet. Will never forget how it looked when i first washed it ... complete panic that I had ruined it 😅😬

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Pjran
Pjrana month ago

I’ve been using the spiky balls for years to stop clothes tangling up. Not sure if they save money but worth using.

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FG280
FG280
Original Poster
a month ago

Thank you! Think I will give them a try, see if they speed up the drying time. It is definitely taking longer now that the machine is getting older

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Pjran
Pjrana month ago

FG280 I’m sure you’ve already done this but it might pay you to empty the filter once a week.

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FG280
FG280
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a month ago

Pjran I clear the wee fluff trap every time, but gave the actual filter a full clean yesterday. Just hoping it isn't on its last legs. Things are taking at least 50% longer to dry now!

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beccatavender
beccatavendera month ago

I use them, not sure if they cut down on the time it takes to dry clothes but they do cut down on the static and clothes seem softer. I use the wool ones

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FG280
FG280
Original Poster
a month ago

Thank you! Think I'm definitely going to try them. Spied them today in home bargains for cheap. Nothing to lose 🙂

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AlisonBayne
AlisonBaynea month ago

Worth a go, FG280, if they are a good price. Just be aware I found that they make quite a bit of noise so may not be very good for using late evening.

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FG280
FG280
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a month ago

That's what I noticed about the tennis balls, AlisonBayne noisy!!!

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Mightymoo
Mightymooa month ago

If you just do a smaller load things should dry much quicker. Good tip

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheapa month ago

I use the plastic ones when they haven't gone missing that is I find they work well

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Grannyclock
Grannyclocka month ago

Imnotcheap I have that problem too. They disappear for a time then suddenly appear again. And they get stuck in sleeves. They certainly make towels more fluffy.

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheapa month ago

Grannyclock good to hear it's not just me 🤭

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