1) Dryer balls help your dryer run more efficiently. They fluff up your laundry, prevent clothes from clumping, increase air circulation, and cut down the amount of time it takes your clothes to dry.
2) Dryer balls replace dryer sheets and liquid fabric softener, which saves money over time. The same set of dryer balls can be used years. I have a family of 4 and have used mine for 2 years before I replaced them.
3) Dryer sheets and liquid fabric softener are dangerous for your health According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry-generated Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) from the 1990s, the following is a list of chemicals in fabric softener products, most in untested combinations. Liquid fabric softeners additionally may contain formaldehyde.
· Benzyl acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer.
· Benzyl Alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant.
· Ethanol: On the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list and can cause central nervous system disorders.
· Limonene: Suspected Gastrointestinal or Liver Toxicant, Immunotoxicant, Kidney Toxicant, Neurotoxicant, Respiratory Toxicant, and Skin or Sense Organ Toxicant.
· A-Terpineol: Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema, and central nervous system damage.
· Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list.
· Camphor: Causes central nervous system disorders.
· Chloroform: Neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic.
· Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders.
· Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled.
These chemcials stay in your clothing for extended periods and leave a residue, which never completely washes out. When fabric softeners are exposed to heat such as hot water or a dryer or an iron, vapors can be released into the environment. These chemicals can be inhaled and absorbed by your skin- further impacting human welfare along with the environment.
Dryer sheets when heated are noxious for the release of chemicals through dryer vents out into the environment.
Several known side effects of those chemicals including central nervous system disorders, headaches, nausea, dizziness, pancreatic cancer, and more.
4) Fabric softener makes your towels less absorbent. The chemicals in fabric softener products leaves a film behind on your clothing. It feels nice, but it actually makes your towels less effective. This isn’t an issue with dryer balls.
5) Dryer balls can fluff up your stiff clothes-line-dried towels and clothes. Skipping the dyer and using a clothes line is the best way to save money and it is easier on your clothes, but it makes them stiff. Some people can’t stand that stiff feeling, but if you toss the stiff clothes into the dryer for a few minutes it really helps.