7 Cute and Eco-Friendly Dryer Balls That’ll Get You Excited For Laundry Day

updated Oct 18, 2019
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Dryer sheets are bad. And while wool dryer balls are a great alternative to single-use dryer sheets, they do tend to leave behind lint that can get pretty annoying to deal with. Luckily, there are tons of eco-friendly alternatives on the market that leave your clothes lint-free while also bringing insane joy to this very mundane chore. From adorable hedgehogs to friendly cacti to two very happy puffer fish—these silicone dryer ball alternatives are cleverly designed to not just lift your spirits but also the fabrics in your dryer, increasing airflow, which leads to shortened dryer times, softer clothes, less static and wrinkles. Also, can we talk about how this one-time investment can save tons of money? Here are eight of our favorite picks.

Hedgehog Dryer Balls, 2-Pack

It doesn’t get any cuter than these hedgehog dryer balls that cut-down dry time, soften fabrics and reduce wrinkles. Their little spikes lift and separate clothes as they tumble in the dryer which allows hot air to flow more efficiently creating the hassle-free laundry experience we all deserve. Now if only these little critters could fold the laundry, that’d be perfect.

Buy: Hedgehog Dryer Balls, 2-Pack, $5.99 at Cost Plus World Market

Ecoegg Hypoallergenic Dryer Egg

Picture an eco-friendly alternative that does everything a dryer sheet is supposed to do, while also leaving behind hints of sweet-smelling fragrance in your freshly dried laundry. Cue: Ecoegg’s Dryer Eggs that come with little hypoallergenic fragrance sticks infused with essential oils (fresh linen or spring blossoms!) that last through 40 dryer cycles. Once you run-out, snag some refills and you’re good to go. For those looking to go the whole hog, there’s a Laundry Egg too, which lasts over 200 loads and replaces the need for washing detergents and their hard to recycle packaging. Genius!

Buy: Ecoegg Hypoalleawrgenic Dryer Egg, $17.95 at The Grommet

Kikkerland Cactus Buddy Dryer Balls 2 Pack

We can’t even with these hardworking, happy cacti dryer balls with little spikes that lift and separate fabrics giving you wrinkle-free and super soft laundry. Plus, the vibrant green color makes it easy to spot them once your dryer cycle is done.

Buy: Kikkerland Cactus Buddy Dryer Balls, 2 Pack, $8.99 at Cost Plus World Market

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All-Star Innovations DRY N STEAM Reusable Dryer Ball 

Once you drop this blue spore-looking steamer dyer ball along with the rest of your laundry it immediately gets to work, slowly releasing steam as it passes over clothes easing out wrinkles and creases while softening and reducing the amount of time it takes to dry clothes. You can also add a drop of your favorite essential oils to give your laundry a refreshing scent.

Buy: All-Star Innovations DRY N STEAM Reusable Dryer Ball, $10.52 at Amazon

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Kikkerland Puffer Fish Dryer Buddies

These puffer cuties tumble through the dryer to lower dry time and provides wrinkle control. One reviewer even got so attached to his laundry helpers that he named them! I mean, fish are pets too, even if they are made out of silicone.

Buy: Kikkerland Puffer Fish Dryer Buddies, $9.50 at Amazon

Nellies Dryerballs

These little rubber dryer balls promise to shorten drying time by a third and feature 120 soft tips that lift and separate garments to increase airflow and naturally soften fibers, resulting in less lint, fewer wrinkles, softer clothes and shorter drying time.

Buy: Nellies Dryerballs, 2-Pack, $14.99 at The Container Store

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Feeke Dryer Balls

A double-duty workhorse, this 20-pack of dryer balls is perfect for both the washing machine and the dryer. In the washing machine, they create friction that helps pound out dirt and grime, leaving clothes cleaner. In the dryer, they reduce dry time, leaving clothes softer and fluffier. Also, is it just us or do these colorful small plastic balls remind anyone of a game of jacks?

Buy: Feeke Dryer Balls, 20 Pieces, $19.99, $15.29 at Amazon