What Is It?

It’s a round, aluminium ball that lives somewhere in our house. We haven’t had it long, but it’s definite made a mark in our household and it is also saving us money. So what is it? Well before I reveal, let me give you the story that leads up to it’s introduction.

A few weeks ago, I was doing the kids washing. I had a full load in the washer and the dryer was empty. So I transported the clothes from the washer to the dryer and reached for a Bounce (other brands are available) sheet to add to the washing, but there were none. I would have called Sherri to pick some up while she was out, but she’d forgotten her phone. So instead of leaving the washing in the dryer for later, I thought I’d look into something I’d heard about and that was the use of an aluminium ball, instead of a dryer sheet. Now there is a lot of debate whether this works or not. I’d done a quick search on Google and arrived on a Lifehacker entry. I have to admit, on this article there is a lot of skepticism, including some doubt by a physicist. I’d heard before that it works, so thought I’d go ahead and give it a try.

I went downstairs to the kitchen to attack the tin foil roll. I scrunched up enough foil, to make a ball that was a little smaller than a tennis ball. I threw it into the dryer and hit the go button. Sure enough when the dryer had finished, I opened the door and indeed all of the clothes were static free. The other surprise was the ball itself. In bouncing around the dryer, the ball was now a little bit bigger than a golf ball, as it was now much more densely packed.

So to all the naysayers, this little ball does work, whether physics says it will or not. Now the only down side I have, or more accurately the missus has, is that it’s a little loud, when you have a light load, otherwise you just head the odd knock. The one thing I’ve really noticed is the clothes feel different. You don’t feel that almost imperceptible film covering your clothes. So we still buy dryer sheets, but not nearly as many.