We're not fans of fabric softeners -- either the liquids or the sheets -- but we also dislike formerly soft clothes that come out of the dryer with that telltale crunch. And now that there's a baby in the house, skin allergy-inducing chemical cleaners are verboten.
So we were interested to read that tossing a pair of bumpy balls into the dryer can yield the same results, without toxins, allergens, or landfill.
It makes sense; we've used tennis balls in the dryer before to keep pillows fluffy. (It's always worked beautifully, 'cept for that one time the balls pushed all the filling to one side of a pillow. So the little spikes actually seem like an improvement.)
The balls apparently also shorten load time by creating air pockets, which help circulate air through your laundry more efficiently.
The company that makes these only offers phone order (888.984.7471), but Gaiam has a similar product for $18 that can be ordered here.