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September 14th, 2012, 09:08 PM
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Anyone use them? If so, is there a specific brand that is better? And about how many do you use in a load?

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September 14th, 2012, 09:16 PM
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I do. Don't even remember where I got em. I have 3 and they live in the dryer.

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September 15th, 2012, 11:03 AM
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I had 5 and am now down to 2 bc DS likes to throw them behind the couch where we can't get to them
I bought them from a WAHM. They're fairly simple to make but I haven't been able to find the 100% wool yarn you're suppose to use for them at our local stores. I'm actually going to Michael's tonight to search there.
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September 16th, 2012, 10:47 AM
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I use some WAHM dryer balls. Well, I have them, I don't really use them. Because every time I open the dryer my son yells "BALLS!" and runs off with two of them. So none of them have actually been in the dryer for months!

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September 16th, 2012, 01:53 PM
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I use them. I bought 6 off of one of those deal a day sites earlier this year. I notice a HUGE difference when all 6 are being used. Not so much if just 2 are being used....which is what ends up happening if the toddler gets involved. lol
I don't think any are better than others necessarily.
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September 21st, 2012, 03:19 AM
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I bought two 3 pack off of amazon because I don't have time to make them. They were $20 per set. The reviews said to use at least four to notice a difference. Since I had to buy six, I just put them all in. They definitely cut down on drying time. Never has my dryer finished before the next washing load. I need to check my electric bill to see if I notice a difference there. The dryer is the most energy hungry appliance in my house.
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September 21st, 2012, 03:06 PM
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What's the advantage of wool dryer balls over the plastic ones?

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September 21st, 2012, 05:52 PM
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Robyn - I was looking at those too. Most of them seem to be blue and I read reviews that said it really marks up the inside of your dryer and sometimes they melt and discolor your dipes. Those were only a few reviews I read though so not sure how accurate that is. In general, it seemed the wool ones were recommended more. I bought a 6 pack of "Woolzies" for $32 on Amazon. I'm going to try those out tomorrow. I'm surprised how big they are! I was expecting these little things.

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September 21st, 2012, 07:20 PM
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I've had the plastic ones for years but they are old and worn now so I need new ones. I never had any problems with them scuffing or melting.

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September 24th, 2012, 04:19 PM
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I made my own out of part of a wool sweater from Salvation Army. I think it definitely cuts down on drying time.

Here are the instructions I followed, only I didn't measure the size of the pieces and just winged it: How to Make Wool Dryer Balls From an Old Sweater | eHow.com

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