Do Laundry Balls Really Work?

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Do Laundry Balls really work?Doing laundry is quite the chore, and seems wasteful as well leading many to consider using laundry balls. These are what seem to be an eco-friendly way to do laundry without having to continually use detergent and dryer sheets. But does it work, does it give you the same sort of results you’ve come to expect from conventional cleaners?

Overview
Cleaning products are big business, and as the world gets more “green concious” more products like laundry balls will come into the market, looking rather attractive. Anything that makes a clean-up job easier, cheaper, or even best both will always turn heads.

By using laundry balls the idea is you’ll be saving money on laundry detergent, and saving the environment from more and more pollution in the form of soap and suds being added to the sewage system.

The Claim
If you use laundry balls you won’t have to use laundry detergent or fabric softener sheets. Your laundry is supposed to get just as clean as with conventional soaps and detergents. It’s also supposed to be soft and wrinkle free from the use of dryer balls in the dryer, in lieu of fabric softener sheets.

The balls are supposed to be using 80 different natural minerals, although these aren’t listed individually, so it’s hard to tell what they are using that makes them effective.

The laundry is supposed to come out with no soapy residue you may experience with liquid or powdered detergents. They also claim that you will only need one rinse cycle, instead of multiple, reducing the amount of water used, and the amount of time it takes to run a load.

The concept behind the dryer balls is that they bounce and hit your laundry so that they get fluffy and stay wrinkle free while drying. It’s supposed to be a way to lift and separate the clothes, preventing static cling and helping clothes keep their shape and not shrink.

The Hype
The hype gets added on any product claiming to save the Earth. This is a rather bold idea, and telling people that they are doing something eco-friendly is a great marketing ploy. In this instance they make the color of the laundry balls green, and sometimes refer to them as Eco Laundry Balls.

While it may or may not be more friendly to the environment is beside the point. By telling consumers that they are helping Mother Nature by buying a product, it adds instant hype.

The Cost
Laundry balls are designed to appeal to the budget-conscious consumer. In fact, you’re supposed to be able to save money by using them, they claim to replace 48 bottles of laundry detergent with one ball.

You can pick up the green ball referred to on this page at Amazon for less than $13 which ships free with their Super Saver shipping, just get your order to $25 or more.

The Commitment
You’ll have to ditch your regular laundry soap and dryer sheets and start using the laundry balls. This might be easy for you if you’re sick and tired of buying disposable cleaning products. However, if you’ve grown used to the smell of laundry that’s been washed with your usual soap it’s going to take a little getting used to.

Evaluation
The laundry balls that were used in the testing were able to successfully wash a load of laundry and have it coming out looking and smelling clean and fresh.

Do Laundry Balls Really Work?

Yes, they do the job of getting your clothes clean without the use of detergent. The dryer balls also do a great job of removing the need for fabric softener sheets.

There has been negative feedback from some users, but this can be explained by this being a new method that replaces an old, long-established one. People are resistant to change, and anything that aims to disrupt the status quo will get met with backlash, every time. For the price and potential cost savings, they are worth a try to make your own mind up.

Our Recommendation
If you suffer from skin allergies, you will likely find relieve from replacing your detergent and dryer sheets with laundry balls. This is the number one irritant for people that experience itching and rashes that can’t be explained.

What do you think? Does Laundry Balls really work?

138 Customer Reviews on “Do Laundry Balls Really Work?

  1. I have begun using the laundry balls and wool dryer balls because of cost and more natural ways to do things that don’t use chemicals that can both damage the environment and most importantly you. They work just a sc well as detergent in my laundry, cleans stains and are easy to use. Were slightly more costly in beginning but feel worth it. Glad I “fell for this gadget” and bought them. Using them solely at this time and happy with results so far.

  2. Lynda, Using two dryer sheets is really not good for your clothing. It will actually wear the fabric down. Here is a solution for you that I have been using for years.
    Go out and buy your favorite fabric softener, the one you love the most, in spite of the cost. Now follow this recipe to the T and you will really like the results and the cost will be insignificant.
    Find an old t-shirt that you no longer want. Cut it up into 4-6 pieces at about 6″x 6″
    Find an old container with a lid (I used an old 35 ounce Coffeemate Creamer plastic container, an empty Coffee Can will work as well)
    Pour one capful of the liquid fabric softener into the container
    Add 2 capfuls of water, shake
    When ready to dry a load of laundry, put in your reusable dryer sheets (the cut up t-shirt pieces) shake, take out one sheet, squeeze the excess liquid (Just enough that is is not dripping) add to the dryer load and dry as you normally do.
    You may want more than one sheet,, depending on the size of your load. I usually have a good sized load and use 3 sheets.
    Experiment and use what works best for your size load. You will still have the smell, the softness, all the benefits but you will be using so much less.
    I have found out that when I made too much softener it will spoil. So only make what you will use in a week or two. Again, that will depend on how much laundry you do.
    Good luck.

  3. I have been using dryer balls for years and love them. I hang most of my clothing but what I do not hang gets dried with dryer balls. Switched from detergent to laundry balls and love it. My clothes come out of the wash feeling softer. I still spot soak/clean tough stains directly prior to putting them in my machine.

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