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Nellie's NDB-E Dryer Balls, Regular Fabrics

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  • Softens fabrics naturally
  • Makes towels more absorbent
  • Reduces drying time up to 25%
  • Saves time and money
  • Non Toxic, uses no chemicals
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Nellie's NDB-E Dryer Balls, Regular Fabrics + Nellie's NLS-100T All Natural Laundry soda, 100 Load Tin, NLS-100T, 3.3 Pound + Batten Industries - Nellie's Oxygen Brightener, 2 lb powder
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Size: 1 Pack
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0009IB6T2
  • Item model number: NDB-E
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,151 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
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Product Description

Size: 1 Pack

Fluffing is natural with Nellie's Dryer Balls. The non-toxic, allergy-free way to soften fabrics, the bumpy dryer balls massage your laundry's fibers to make everything from your jeans to your sheets soft and fluffy. Eliminating so many chemicals from the process, the low-tech and highly effective little wonders leave no worries about airborne irritants and toxins given off by fabric softeners in clothes. And they're safer because fabric softeners leave an oil coating on clothes, take the fire retardant out of Baby's clothes, and leave a sticky residue on the dryer's components, rendering it more prone to fire. Savvy for time- and money-savers, too, the Dryer Balls lift and separate clothes to reduce lint, static cling, wrinkles and ironing time, and circulate the air in the dryer more efficiently to save you 10 minutes to a half hour of drying time on each load. (Although the dollars you save in fabric softener may be more noticeable at first.) The pack contains 2 PVC balls, which should both be put in the dryer and are made for regular fabrics. Imported. Each ball: approx. 3-1/2Lx2-1/2W".


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Customer Reviews

Your clothes dry faster and no static cling.
EdandNeyra
In the end it didn't matter because one of the balls split in half after just three months of use (we probably averaged 3-4 loads of laundry/week during that time).
Gretchen
It seems like a silly idea, but now I'm a believer!
WordTeacher

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

93 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Mandi on January 9, 2011
Size Name: 1 Pack Verified Purchase
I have used this product for several years now, and love it. However, after my first set split and fell apart (per a few other poor reviews below) I realized it has a design flaw that is easily corrected. The balls are sealed shut. They have air inside them, and it expands when the dryer is hot, then contracts as the dryer load cools. This is especially exaggerated for me as my basement laundry area is quite cool. As they cool, they sort of pucker in upon themselves. After doing this many times, the product becomes fatigued along the pucker/fold lines and it does split.

The solution is VERY simple, and I cannot believe the manufacturer hasn't corrected it already: just drill a little hole in the ball! It even has a little dimple from the manufacturing process that lends itself to the hole. (Ours are only 2-3 mmm in diameter.) With the hole, the air pressure may equalize as the balls heat and cool . . . no deformation happens . . and the balls last years and years. After about 4 years, I did recently have another ball fall apart. Close examination revealed the hole had become clogged with lint to the point where the ball was effectively sealed again. Easy enough fix, I just pulled out tweezers and fixed the remaining balls. I'll be sure to examine them periodically in the future for the clogs, it only takes a second as I handle them when removing my clothes from the dryer.

I'm sometimes annoyed when products don't seem entirely thought out, and I do wish someone at Nellie's would demonstrate a knowledge of basic gas laws (PV=nRT, anyone?) . . . but this product otherwise works so well, it's worth the minor modification in the meantime.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By WordTeacher on February 24, 2010
Size Name: 2 Pack Verified Purchase
My dermatologist recommended dryer balls so I could stop using fabric softener or dryer sheets. She said to get at least four balls, preferably six or eight. I got four at first to see if I liked them. I was so pleased I ordered four more. I usually use all eight of them together. Four worked fine, but more balls seems to reduce the drying time. Like other reviewers, I have a lot less lint now. What I like about the Nellie's product is they are high-quality and have a two year guarantee. Helpful hints: You should run several loads of towels before you start using the dryer balls, to clean the fabric softener/sheet residue out of your dryer. The balls work best for me if I wash items together that take about the same amount of time to dry. Like I don't make a load that has both blue jeans and synthetic fabrics like microfiber or nylon. The reason for this is the static factor. If you dry things too hot or too long it creates static. My clothes and even the towels are nice and soft. It seems like a silly idea, but now I'm a believer!
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Shad on May 28, 2010
Size Name: 2 Pack Verified Purchase
I use these in the dryer with bedding to keep the sheets and blankets from rolling into a ball where the center does not get dry. I also use them with loads of clothing to reduce drying time. The oval shape of these dryer balls results in minimum noise vs the round dryer balls I have also used.
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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Drew on July 28, 2009
Size Name: 2 Pack
I have started making my own laundry detergent and become more environmentally conscious. I saw these on Amazon and thought I would give them a try. I love them and have ordered two extra sets, because I have OCD and always have to have extra incase the company goes out of business and I can never find the product again (I know crazy, right). Anyway when I wash my clothes I use vinegar in a downy ball as my fabric softener and then these in the dryer and my clothes have never been so soft, it feels just like it is brand new. I never have a problem with static and it also works well when I wash microfiber. I wash all of my cleaning pads (shark steam mop) microfiber cleaning clothes and dish towels in one load weekly and they never cling to each other. I have been using the same pair of dryer balls since the beginning of May and I do about 3 load every other day and they are still as good as new. I highly recommend.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful By C. Greenspon on January 3, 2007
Size Name: 1 Pack
These really work. I have a baby with VERY sensitive skin. I can use these dryer balls without dryer sheets and his clothes are soft and fluffy. Also, I've noticed my towels are fluffier and more absorbent. I tried another brand of dryer balls because they are cheaper, but they fell apart in the dryer on the second use. I used my first set of Nellie's dryer balls for over one year. Try them. You'll be hooked.
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93 of 114 people found the following review helpful By goonius on August 12, 2010
Size Name: 1 Pack
"Nellies dryer balls are a natural way to soften your clothes. Use with our Organic Cotton or Bamboo face cloths to prevent harmful chemicals from coming into contact with your freshly cleansed skin." says the product line.

And sure, it *sounds* like a great idea, doesn't it?

You can get that dryer-sheet softness without imbuing your clothes with cancer-causing, neurotoxic solvents such as toluene and styrene and the phthalate-containing fragrances found in traditional softeners, right?

Somehow I don't think so. Here's the thing.

These dryer balls are made of PVC, the most toxic plastic manufactured. It destroys the environment in its production, it is not recyclable and doesn't biodegrade, but by far its most relevant quality is that it leaches chemicals, in particular those additives that make it pliable. These often include some familiar ones: like lead and cadmium, and of course, phthalates like di 2-ethylhexyl, a carcinogen that is also causes reproductive and developmental defects. PVC leaches these chemicals throughout its life, but does so most effectively when exposed to heat. Heat, like that in a clothes dryer.

Where do these chemicals leached by the super-heated PVC go? Well, your guess is as good as mine, but I'm willing to bet that some of it is ending up on those 'clean' clothes. Which seems like the polar opposite of what this product claims to be.

If you're looking for a safe softening agent, put a little vinegar in the wash. It's cheap, it's non-toxic, and it's a known quantity that doesn't need fancy claims to conceal the truth.
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