Give Me the Simple Life: Woolen Dryer Balls


My niece sent me these woolen dryer balls. After using them for a few months, I’m a fan. They do just what they say they’ll do–they noticeably cut drying time and eliminate the need for dryer sheets. They’re about the size of tennis balls (tempting to dogs and to little grandsons). The balls are noisy, quite noisy, actually, but worth it. One reviewer adds drops of essential oils to the balls.

There are all kinds of brands available–I think they run about $25. Love these kinds of natural products that help save $, energy, and make life a little easier.

Have you ever heard of dryer balls? Ever used them? What’s your opinion? If you have any of your own favorite products like these dryer balls, please share in the comment section and you could win a copy of Amish Values for Your Family!



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Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Rosemary Foley says:

    Hi Suzanne !!!

    These are a terrific idea !!! I have been using plastic ones, and they truly are loud, but I no longer worry about the lint filter getting clogged from lint and dryer sheet “stuff”.. You should be able to run water on your lint filter and have the water run through it… not good if it is clogged, just wash it off and when it’s dry put it back in .. I like the idea of the ones you have, they look like they would be quieter.. and being able to add a scent sounds good too, can’t do that on plastic ones. I used tennis balls before when drying a comforter to keep the fluff up… but at the Laundromat, my home dryer was never big enough .. thanks for the tip Suzanne, loving the simple life !!!! Have a wonderful day and thanks for the chance to win a great prize !!! Rosemary

  2. Lisa Stifler says:

    Wow these are great! I am going to have to get some. I have never even heard of these or anything similar. Thank you for sharing! Love the simple life. ~ Blessings ~

  3. Donna Bayar Repsher says:

    I am severely allergic to wool, so wool dryer balls wouldn’t work for me, but the knobby rubber ones work just fine, if you don’t mind the noise they make. They certainly do cut down on dryer time, and in winter we’ve noticed that when we use them they also seem to eliminate a lot of the static electricity we’d otherwise encounter when removing clothes from our dryer.

  4. Connie Saunders says:

    I haven’t heard about these dryer balls but their cost would soon be met in the savings in less drying time and the dryer sheets or fabric softener. Thanks for sharing,I am always anxious to find new ways to improve our lives.

  5. Linda McFarland says:

    You have a sweet niece to think of you and send you something that works so well. I’ve heard of the plastic, nubby ones but not these. I like the idea of fragrance. Can’t imagine giving up my fabric softener but could give up my dryer sheets. My husband fusses over the fragrance so he would like them. The box they came in is cute. I love vinegar and hydrogen peroxide for everything. Hydrogen peroxide is the best for stain removal! Thanks for the opportunity to win & the neat idea…Linda

  6. Brenda says:

    very neat idea and nice to save time in the dryer thank you for the info

  7. Sunnie says:

    I haven’t tried the woolen ones, but had some solid rubber ones that I tried. I liked them, but my husband hated the noise, so it was back to dryer sheets. 🙁

  8. Rosemary Foley says:

    My friend / neighbor Jane started making her own laundry soap, just something a bit simpler and easier on the environment… so she asked if I wanted to start sharing and using it and I am !!! certainly the simpler life !! 🙂 Rosemary

  9. Danielle Hull says:

    I’ve heard of them but not tried them. I have used tennis balls in the dryer with pillows and comforters. I wonder if they would work for everything?!

  10. Amy Bateman says:

    I saw a tutorial a couple years ago for making your own dryer balls from wool yarn. I made some and use them all the time. I haven’t used fabric softener in ages. I love natural ideas like this.

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