Our post on using tennis balls and dryer balls as a green alternative to fabric softener and dryer sheets got a pretty strong reaction. First of all, thanks to all the readers who commented and informed us that the blue plastic dryer balls are made out of PVC. Our bad! In all honesty, we had no idea. We tried them out because our landlords keep a pair in our shared laundry room (along with a tube of tennis balls). We should have dug deeper, and so now feel the need to present an alternative — 'cause we really don't like PVC...
We personally think the tennis balls do a nice job on their own; however, we noticed that at least one commenter said they leave a foul smell on their clothes.
So how about Fluff Balls?
We haven't tried them, but they look promising (they're made of wool). It actually looks like they sell out pretty fast. You can keep up with all the Fluff Ball activity at the Fluff Ball blog.
Has anyone tried these yet? Or do you think you could make something like them on your own?
Originally published 2008-03-21 - CB