Things To Use Instead Of Tennis Balls In The Dryer

Things To Use Instead Of Tennis Balls In The Dryer

Lazy Moms!

I have gone on a long Google searching journey and discovered something amazing!  But before I tell you the amazing, let me tell you this.  Years ago I had heard that one of the most toxic things in your house is (get a load of this) dryer sheets! *gasp!* Also toxic? Nasty smells from mothballs, whose odors can also be eliminated using a dryer.

Who’d a thunk it?!

Recently I was reminded of that again and was told I should instead use dryer balls.  My only hang up about dryer balls is that when you live in the North and it’s winter time, the static electricity in your dryer is CRAY. Z. (Seriously, you Southern, warm-weather folks just don’t know.)  In the winter time instead of using one dryer sheet per load, I have to use three dryer sheets.  How would this work with dryer balls instead?!  I was befuddled.

SOoooOOooOOoo, this led me on a Google search of epic proportions.

My first search was to find out if dryer balls do anything to reduce static electricity at all.  Which, after much reading and searching, led me to discover that apparently you can ditch dryer balls and just use tennis balls instead!  Well!  I have a few of those laying around my house somewhere…..  However, this did not answer my dilemma over static electricity.  So I searched on.

After several more pages of articles, I found that to take care of static electricity  you can ditch the dryer balls AND tennis balls and just go for (wait for it….) FOIL balls.  It totally takes care of the static electricity! WHAT?!

Yes, that’s right.  We’ve all been lied to by dryer sheet companies for years… all you really need is a couple of balls made up of foil that’s sitting right in your kitchen drawer or under your kitchen sink!  WHO KNEW?!


Upon further Googling to now see if it was even SAFE to put foil balls in your dryer (which supposedly it is… your dryers exhaust hose is foil, after all), I learned that the best way to handle your drying needs is to combine the static electricity zapping foil with the bounce and heaviness of tennis balls!

I’m not even kidding you!

You get the benefit of the foil for the static, and you get the benefit of the tennis ball for faster drying and fluffier laundry!

So after my long Google quest, I have now started using foil wrapped tennis balls in lieu of dryer sheets, AND IT WORKS!

My first attempt at wrapping the balls with foil, I didn’t use enough.  One go-round in the dryer with a load of laundry would peel off some of the foil where there was a “seam” on the ball.

So, to save you the trouble, and my fingers from telling you how many attempts it took me to get the foil on the tennis balls just right, I’ll just go ahead and tell you exactly how to do it right the first time.

You’re welcome.  It’s what I’m here for in life.


First, you’re going to want to use long sheets of foil like pictured, and you’ll need four of these sheets per ball.

Next, wrap the tennis ball one sheet at a time.  There is no method to wrapping the foil around the tennis ball, so don’t stress!  I ended up putting the ball at one end and just wrapping and rolling my way to the other end.  Then squish the foil down onto the ball tight (perfect job for your kids) and put the seam-side down on the next sheet and wrap again.

I started off with only two tennis balls because it was all I could find laying around our house, but after my experimenting, I felt two wasn’t quite enough for a full (large) load of laundry.  So I went and bought the cheapest three pack of tennis balls I could find at Walmart back in sporting goods (Just under $2.00 in my neck of the woods).

So while I now have five tennis balls, I do totally think just three would do!

Here’s what my tennis balls looked like after they were wrapped.

Please note the tape on the front right ball.  I finally decided that to avoid it unfoiling itself on the seams, a little bit of tape might work, and it does!

This is what your foil balls will look like after one go-round in the dryer with a load of clothes.

See how they smooth themselves out after banging around in there?  And look!  Like I said, the tape stays and adheres to the ball even more!

Oo! Sorry, that picture was fuzzy!

The more you use these balls, the smother they get and get a load of this….. they NEVER have to be replaced!!! (That’s what I found in my Googling research.)

So.  Break-up with your dryer sheets, tell that company that you’ve been giving your hard earned money hand-over-fist to goodbye, and switch to this RAWKIN’ AWESOME Lazy Mom Tip!

With Much Love, Foil and Balls,
The Lazy Mom

P.S. From what I’ve read, using foil in your dryer poses no fire threat, but I assume no responsibility. I can only tell you my experience!

See my DIY Dryer Balls update to this post

This blog post is to provide readers with alternative options to using tennis balls in the dryer. Tennis balls are commonly used in the dryer to fluff up clothes and reduce wrinkles, but there may be potential drawbacks to using them, such as the potential for the tennis balls to damage the clothes or become moldy over time. This blog post goes on to list and explain alternative options, such as using wool dryer balls, clean sneaker, or even a clean, damp washcloth.

1.Wool Dryer balls

You can use wool dryer balls instead of using a tennis ball or golf ball when drying your clothes or clean tennis shoes. Dryer balls come in various sizes and materials, such as wool and plastic. To use them, you simply add a few to the dryer with your laundry before starting it. They will fluff and separate the clothes as they dry, allowing for more efficient drying and reducing the amount of time needed for each load. Additionally, dryer balls can be used to reduce static cling and wrinkles. They can help fluff up clothes and reduce wrinkles. They also help to reduce static and can shorten drying time.

2.Wadded up aluminum foil balls

Wadded up aluminum foil balls are a great alternative to using dryer sheets or fabric softener. They can help speed up the drying process and make your clothes fluffier! To use them, simply toss a few wool dryer ball in your dryer along with wet clothes and turn it on. The balls work by bouncing around, helping to separate the wet clothes so that air can circulate more freely and speed up the drying process.

3.Socks balls filled with rice or dried beans

Sock Balls filled with rice or dried beans are also a great alternative to using tennis balls in the dryer. Socks ball or Wool Balls made out of wool fiber are also used to replace dryer sheet. Fill a pair of socks with either rice or dried beans and tie them off. Toss them in the dryer with your clothes, and they will help to fluff them up and reduce wrinkles.

4. A clean, damp washcloth or towel

A clean, damp washcloth can be used instead of a tennis ball in the dryer to soften clothes and reduce wrinkles. The damp washcloth creates steam in the dryer, which helps to relax the fibers in the clothing and make them less prone to wrinkles. Simply wet the washcloth, wring it out, and toss it in the dryer with your clothes. Run the dryer on a low or medium heat setting for 10-15 minutes. The damp washcloth will create steam that will soften the clothes and reduce wrinkles. This method is particularly useful for clothes that are prone to wrinkles, such as cotton and linen. It is important to note that this method should not be used for clothes that are not suitable for heat, such as silk or certain synthetic fabrics, so it’s best to check the care instructions of your clothes before using this method.

5.Plastic dryer balls

Plastic dryer balls are a reusable alternative to fabric softener and dryer sheets. They are typically made of plastic and are designed to be placed in a dryer with wet laundry. As the dryer runs, the balls bounce around and help to separate and fluff the clothes, reducing wrinkles and static. They are also said to help reduce drying time and can be used multiple times. Some plastic dryer balls also come with essential oils added to them for added fragrance. They are a more eco-friendly option than disposable dryer sheets.


In conclusion, there are plenty of alternatives that can help to soften your clothes and make them look and smell fresh. You can experiment with different options to see which one works best for your laundry needs. It’s important to note that some of the alternatives may not be suitable for certain types of fabrics or clothing, so always check the care instructions before using them. Overall, there are many great alternatives to tennis balls that can be used in the dryer to achieve the same results.Using any of these alternatives will help to fluff up your clothes, reduce wrinkles, and make them feel softer. Not only that, but it is more eco-friendly as well. Give them a try and see which one works best for you.

Why Use Wool Dryer Ball Instead of Tennis Balls?

Using dryer balls is a great way to keep your clothes fluffed and in shape, since you don’t have to worry about putting tennis balls in the dryer. You can easily make DIY dryer balls with some wool or just buy them from the store. Tennis balls are made for playing, not drying clothes so it’s probably a good idea to clean them if you want to use them for laundry. Tossing a few tennis balls into the dryer will help speed up drying time and fluff your clothes, but they won’t be completely dry when they come out of the dryer. If you’re looking for an eco-friendly option, then use wool dryer ball instead of tennis balls.

Are Tennis Balls Safe In the Dryer?

Using tennis balls in the dryer is a great way to keep items like pillows, rackets from becoming lumpy and misshapen. Tennis balls are made to withstand high temperatures and can help reduce drying time by bouncing around in the dryer. This also helps fluff up items that have been dried. While tennis balls are safe to use in the dryer, it’s important to make sure they’re clean before adding them in with your laundry. Tennis balls speed up drying time and fluff your clothes, but they won’t be completely dry when they come out of the dryer and might damage the clothes or become moldy over time.

What to Use Instead of Tennis Balls In The Dryer?

Tennis balls in the dryer are a great way to help fluff your laundry, but they can be easily replaced. Try using clean tennis balls that have been dried with a clean cloth. If you don’t have any tennis players lying around, then you can grab some from the store and add them to your next load of laundry. The real main difference is when you ever pull a freshly-washed pillow out of the dryer; adding tennis balls to the dryer will help fluff it up even more. Another alternative is to use sheets of foil instead of tennis balls, which will help reduce the amount of static electricity in the dryer.

How To Fluff a Puffer Jacket Without Tennis Balls?

If you want to fluff up a puffer jacket without using tennis balls, there are a few simple steps you can take. First of all, you should dry the jacket in the dryer but don’t use any tennis balls. Instead, try using wool balls or sock balls. If you don’t have any of these items on hand and need to buy them, they can be found at most stores that sell sporting goods and in the laundry room of many hotels. Another way to fluff up your puffer jacket is to add a couple drops of essential oil to a damp cloth and then rub it gently over the jacket. This will help to remove any odors and restore the fluffiness of the jacket.

What laundry hack everyone should know?

Laundry hacks are tips and tricks to help you make the most of your laundry routine. One hack that everyone should know is to include tennis balls in the dryer with your clothes. The tennis balls can help fluff up and separate the clothes, which helps them dry more evenly. You don’t need a lot of tennis balls – even one can do the trick! If you like to add a bit of extra scent to your laundry, you can also try adding some essential oils to the tennis ball before putting it in the dryer. This will give your clothes a pleasant smell as they come out from the dryer. Additionally, if you have small items such as socks or underwear, you can put a few drops of essential oil on a small cloth and toss it in the dryer with your clothes. To keep your clothes smelling fresh in between washes, try hanging them outside to air out or spritzing them with a mixture of water and essential oils.

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