Dryer Balls

How do I use the Dryerballs?

A. Place both Dryerballs into the dryer with your fabrics and choose your desired heat setting. Medium temperatures are recommended for most loads. If your dryer has a sensor you will notice it will turn off 10-25% sooner depending on the fabrics.
If your dryer does not have a sensor, manually turn the dryer off 10-25% sooner as your fabrics will dry faster with the Dryerballs.

How do the Dryerballs work?

A. Dryerballs lift and separate clothes, moving air efficiently through the dryer. This reduces overall drying time by 10% to 25%. It also more effectively eliminates wrinkles and lint build-up.

Will Dryerballs transfer color in my dryer?

A. No Dryerballs absorb dyes but do not transfer them.

Will Dryerballs eliminate static?

A. Dryerballs do not eliminate static. They do however, help to prevent it by reducing the need for excessive heat, which is one of the main causes of static.

What are the Coral (scent stick compatibile) Dryerballs made of?

A. These Nellie’s Dryerballs are made of TPR (Thermal Plastic Rubber)

Why have the tips on my Dryerballs become colored?

A. The Dryerballs trap excess dyes from your clothes, which results in colored tips. These are not harmful to fabrics and will not cause stains.

Have the Dryerballs been tested and proven to work?

A.  Absolutely! Read the test report below to understand the effectiveness of Nellie’s All-Natural Dryerballs.

Laboratory Test Report Report Number: 04-S-158926-1

Date Received: 08-Jun-04
Date Testing Commenced: 02-Jul-04
Date of this Report: 12-Jul-04
Date Testing Completed: 19-Jul-04

Sample Identification

The comments in the report are for guidance only and should not be used in isolation or without consideration of the results. In all circumstances, results of tests are implied as referring only to the samples supplied for analysis only and should not be construed or interpreted on any other basis.

Test Request

The samples supplied for testing are tumble dry balls which have been assessed to determine if a claim that when used, as recommended, the balls soften the fabric, reduce drying time, reduce creasing ‘wrinkles’, reduces ironing and static.

Comments on Test Results

A standard wash load of 4 single sheets, 3 pillowcases and 2 shirts were used for the trial. The total mass of the load was 2040g. Bed sheets x 4, 50% cotton 50% polyester Pillow cases x 2, 50% cotton 50% polyester Pillow case x 1, 100% cotton (easy care) Shirt x 1 100% cotton Shirt x 1 50% cotton 50% polyester Two identical loads were washed at 50°C according to BS EN 26330:1994 4A 50°C. One was then tumble dried in a moisture detecting tumble dryer set to Cupboard Dry, with two tumble dry balls and the other load without balls. The degree of creasing was assessed using method Appearance of Apparel after Domestic Laundering AATCC 143:1996 (2001). Only the base fabric was assessed. The softness was assessed subjectively by hand.


The tests indicate the balls slightly reduce creasing during tumble drying. On the items tested, it is unlikely the consumer would notice the difference unless they have one item dried with balls and one without to compare. The softness was assessed by hand. The individuals carrying out the assessment have worked in dyeing and finishing and are used to assessing softness. It is our opinion that the items tumble dried with the balls are softer. The test carried out shows that the drying rate with the balls is 15 to 25% faster if the load is taken to an even dryness. The test results do substantiate the claims made on the packaging that the use of the balls in tumble drying soften the fabric, reduces drying time, and reduces creasing and ‘wrinkles’. The improvements are not significant but are real. It was not possible to assess the effect on static.