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Use dryer balls instead of liquid fabric softeners

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First off, let's answer this little question: what the heck are dryer balls? Well, they can vary in shape and size, but usually they're 3-inch round rubber balls with rubber spikes. When you put them in the dryer, they lift and separate your wet clothes. This may not sound like a big deal, but it'll save you money in two ways:
  1. Dryer balls reduce drying time by up to 40% and can save you as much as $50/year on your energy bill. (Note: if you do your laundry at the laundromat, this will still save you money since it cuts down on the number of quarters you need to use for the dryer.)
  2. You no longer need to buy fabric softener. In the process of lifting and separating the clothes, they also naturally soften them. 
When you consider that the cost of a pair of dryer balls can be as low as $3 (though more commonly they're around $7 to $8), this is a great deal. Plus, they can last up to two years before needing to be replaced, so they're much more economical than dryer sheets or liquid fabric softeners. You can probably find them at one of your favorite local stores, but you can always pick them up at Amazon.com as well (just search for "dryer balls").

As an added perk, they're hypoallergenic so they're especially good for people with allergies or sensitive skin.

The LOZO: a $7 purchase can save you $50+/year.

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posted by wandmin (Contributor | 180 Points) on 03-08-2010 06:34 PM
Are these good?
I've heard about these - has anyone tried them?
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