We have a really old washing machine & dryer. Needless to say, my dryer is not very efficient. It takes 70 minutes to dry a load of laundry. When I saw these dryer balls on sale at Aldi last week, I was intrigued. They are supposed to eliminate your use of fabric softener or dryer sheets, saving you money & saving the environment from the dryer sheets & liquid softener packaging being thrown out. This sounded great to me, but the claim that they would reduce your drying time by 25% is what sold me. Now, I purchased my set of dryer balls for only $6.99 at Aldi. I figured that $6.99 is not much to spend in hopes of lowering our energy consumption & therefore lowering our utility bills.
I've used Nellie's Dryer Balls on my last round of laundry & let me tell you what I think about them. They do a great job of softening the clothes without a dryer sheet. One exception I had though was my towels. I wasn't pleased with how my towels came out. They actually felt a bit rough. In the future I will throw a dryer sheet as well as the dryer balls in with my load of towels. But they did a great job with our clothing & I 'm excited to reduce the amount of fabric softener we need to buy & dispose of.
As far as the drying time goes, they do actually work! I found that I was able to reduce my drying time by 10 minutes on big, heavy loads like jeans & by 15-20 minutes on lighter loads, like cottons. I'm so excited about this!! I love that cutting my consumption not only helps preserve the environment, but it saves me money.
I would definitely recommend these dryer balls. Especially if you have an Aldi nearby & can snag them for $6.99. After looking at dryer balls on Amazon, it seems like the Nellie's brand has a better rating than some of the others. Have you tried dryer balls? Tell us what you thought. :)