It’s that time of year when it just rains. And rains, and rains. I work full time and find in winter I can’t hang out a load before I go to work and expect it to be dry when I get home. So the clothes baskets start overflowing during the week waiting until the weekend when I am around to run in and out to the line. Something I never understood my mother doing until I had loads of washing. The first drops of rain and its all hands to the pump. Run, run, run – get the washing in. (My kids now know the drill – just as I did as a child).
Then I came across dryer balls.
What are they?
Our Brolly Sheet dryer balls are made of NZ wool which is sent up to Kathmandu and hand felted into balls a bit bigger than a tennis ball. They come in a bag of 4.
Did you know:
Felt is the oldest form of fabric known to humankind. It predates weaving and knitting and is produced by matting, condensing and pressing fibres. In fact it is said that Noah’s Ark was lined with fleece and the combination of the tramping of the animals and all the wee – a felt carpet was formed.
Another story is that Saint Clement and Saint Christopher, while fleeing from persecution, packed their sandals with wool to prevent blisters. At the end of their journey, the movement and sweat had turned the wool into felt socks.
By the way – wee or sweat isn’t used to make our dryer balls.
How do they save time and therefore money?
Dryer balls can reduce your drying time by 30 – 50%. You just pop all 4 in the dryer with your wet load of washing. They work in two ways:
- They “tumble” around inside the dryer, moving your clothes around more as they do so. So you clothes are aired faster.
- They absorb moisture from the wet clothes
Then after the load has finished, just leave in the dryer with the door ajar until next time.
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