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How do I use the Dryerballs?
Place both Dryerballs into the dryer with your fabrics and choose your desired heat setting. Medium temperatures are recommended for most loads. If your dryer has a sensor you will notice it will turn off 10-25% sooner depending on the fabrics.
If your dryer does not have a sensor, manually turn the dryer off 10-25% sooner as your fabrics will dry faster with the Dryerballs.
How do the Dryerballs work?
Dryerballs lift and separate clothes, moving air efficiently through the dryer. This reduces overall drying time by 10% to 25%. It also more effectively eliminates wrinkles and lint build-up.
Will Dryerballs transfer color in my dryer?
No Dryerballs absorb dyes but do not transfer them.
Will Dryerballs eliminate static?
Dryerballs do not eliminate static. They do however, help to prevent it by reducing the need for excessive heat, which is one of the main causes of static.
What are the Coral (scent stick compatibile) Dryerballs made of?
These Nellie’s Dryerballs are made of TPR (Thermal Plastic Rubber)
Why have the tips on my Dryerballs become colored?
The Dryerballs trap excess dyes from your clothes, which results in colored tips. These are not harmful to fabrics and will not cause stains.
Have the Dryerballs been tested and proven to work?
Absolutely! Read the test report below to understand the effectiveness of Nellie’s All-Natural Dryerballs.
Laboratory Test Report Report Number: 04-S-158926-1
Date Received: 08-Jun-04
Date Testing Commenced: 02-Jul-04
Date of this Report: 12-Jul-04
Date Testing Completed: 19-Jul-04
The comments in the report are for guidance only and should not be used in isolation or without consideration of the results. In all circumstances, results of tests are implied as referring only to the samples supplied for analysis only and should not be construed or interpreted on any other basis.
The samples supplied for testing are tumble dry balls which have been assessed to determine if a claim that when used, as recommended, the balls soften the fabric, reduce drying time, reduce creasing ‘wrinkles’, reduces ironing and static.
Comments on Test Results
A standard wash load of 4 single sheets, 3 pillowcases and 2 shirts were used for the trial. The total mass of the load was 2040g. Bed sheets x 4, 50% cotton 50% polyester Pillow cases x 2, 50% cotton 50% polyester Pillow case x 1, 100% cotton (easy care) Shirt x 1 100% cotton Shirt x 1 50% cotton 50% polyester Two identical loads were washed at 50°C according to BS EN 26330:1994 4A 50°C. One was then tumble dried in a moisture detecting tumble dryer set to Cupboard Dry, with two tumble dry balls and the other load without balls. The degree of creasing was assessed using method Appearance of Apparel after Domestic Laundering AATCC 143:1996 (2001). Only the base fabric was assessed. The softness was assessed subjectively by hand.
The tests indicate the balls slightly reduce creasing during tumble drying. On the items tested, it is unlikely the consumer would notice the difference unless they have one item dried with balls and one without to compare. The softness was assessed by hand. The individuals carrying out the assessment have worked in dyeing and finishing and are used to assessing softness. It is our opinion that the items tumble dried with the balls are softer. The test carried out shows that the drying rate with the balls is 15 to 25% faster if the load is taken to an even dryness. The test results do substantiate the claims made on the packaging that the use of the balls in tumble drying soften the fabric, reduces drying time, and reduces creasing and ‘wrinkles’. The improvements are not significant but are real. It was not possible to assess the effect on static.
What’s in the Laundry Soda?
SODA ASH – (SODIUM CARBONATE) also known as washing soda. In domestic use, it’s used as a water softener during laundry.
SODIUM METASILICATE – A major use is as a builder (a material that enhances or maintains the cleaning efficiency of a surfactant, principally by inactivating water hardness) in soaps and detergents
SODIUM CHLORIDE – Sodium chloride, also known as common salt, table salt, or halite. As well as the familiar uses of salt in cooking, salt is used in many applications, from manufacturing pulp and paper to setting dyes in textiles and fabric, to producing soaps and detergents.
The Detergent is a coconut based (LAURYL) Ethoxylated fatty alcohol. Coconut oil on its own will wash nothing. It is therefore chemically modified so that it becomes surface active and thus performs like a detergent. This commodity is widely used by many detergent manufacturers because it is readily biodegradable, non toxic and mild and efficient. It is also NOT Petroleum based.
Is the Laundry Soda scented?
Traditional laundry detergents use scent to mask odors rather than remove them. Many people associate the fresh smell of scented products with cleanliness. Traditional soaps will clean and scent the surface but may not actually penetrate the material. Once the fragrance from the detergent dissipates, the musty smell may return.
Nellie’s laundry soda is unscented and designed to penetrate the fabric as well as remove the odors, not mask them. Nellie’s rinses clear and leaves no residue.
If you would like your laundry to have a scent, consider using Nellie’s All Natural PVC Free Dryerballs with Scent Sticks, available in 4 different scents
Do I have to open the nugget before putting it into the wash?
No. The laundry nugget comes in a biodegradable wrap that dissolves in any temperature water.
What if my Nugget does not dissolve completely in the drawer of my HE Machine?
Nellie suggests placing the Nugget in the drum of the washer with the fabrics. This will not hurt the fabrics or the machine.
What if my Nuggets are hard and/or broken?
When Nuggets travel through extreme cold they condense and harden and sometimes split. If the Nugget is hard, roll it in your fingers to soften and then toss in the drum of the washer. If the Nugget has split, please discard the casing and feel free to use a 1 tablespoon measurment of the loose powder. If there are multiple broken Nuggets, please contact customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Automatic Dish Powder?
SODIUM CARBONATE – also known as washing soda. In domestic use, it is used as a water softener.
SODIUM PERCARBONATE – is a white crystalline water-soluble chemical compound of sodium carbonate and hydrogen peroxide.
SODIUM METASILICATE – a water soluble cleaner made from silica, the main component of sand, yet no sand will appear in the dishwasher.
SODIUM SULFATE – a neutral sodium salt used as a bulking agent and anti-caking control
POLYOXYETHYLENE/POLYOXYPROPYLENE – a non-ionic detergent suited for alkaline washing processes
SODIUM IMINODISUCCINATE – a common sequestering agent used to soften water
ENZYMES – selected prepared proteins used to assist in the removal of food stains
SODIUM CHLORIDE – used as carrier and filler
CITRIC ACID – used for pH control and buffering
NATURAL ESSENTIAL OIL BLENDS – smells good
Can I use Nellie’s All-Natural products to remove stains?
Yes. Mix 1 tablespoons of Oxygen Brightener per 16 oz/500 ml of water.
For kitchen floors, counters, trash cans and all other water washable surfaces:
– Apply to surface, wait 1-5 minutes
– Wipe with sponge or blot with towel
– Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry
For upholstery, fabric and carpet use same solution mixture:
– Test small area first
– Soak up any excess liquid before applying solution to stain
– Use only enough to cover stain area, wait 1-5 minutes
– Soak up with a white towel, repeat if necessary
– Rinse thoroughly with water and blot dry
– Vacuum once dry
Do not use Oxygen Brightener on suede/leather, silk or wool
Do not use Oxygen Brightener with any other chemicals/cleaners, such as bleach
Where are Nellie’s All-Natural products manufactured
Nellie’s products are manufactured in Canada and the US with exception of the Dryerballs.
How long do the Dryerballs last for and do they have a guarantee?
Each set of Nellie’s Dryerballs are estimated to last for 1000 loads of laundry, and have a 2 year warranty.
How long will my Laundry Soda last?
As long as you store the Laundry Soda sealed and in a cool place, it will never expire. Do not allow moisture to get into your container.
Are Nellie’s Dryerballs non-toxic and allergy-free?
Unlike fabric softeners Nellie’s™ Dryerballs™ are completely non-toxic and allergy free! They are made of PVC/TPR plastic which can withstand very high temperatures. This is the same plastic that your hot water pipes are made from in your house.
A study from Anderson Laboratories gives a clue as to why fabric softeners have become a bee in the bonnets. Here are the details: Anderson Laboratories chemical analysis of the airborne emissions of five different kinds of commonly available fabric softeners was reported in the May, 2000 issue of the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Their study revealed that the fabric softeners emitted toluene, styrene, phenol, thymol, xylene, and trimethylbenzene, among other chemicals, many of which cause acute respiratory tract irritations and inflammation. Fabric softener chemicals are made to stay in cloths fibers and slowly release for a very long time. That slow release of chemicals into the air affects the health of those wearing the clothes and people around them.
Babies, children, older people, and people who are already sick are especially hurt by these chemicals. Damage can be permanent, causing longtime illness. Babies often react with rashes, frequent crying and/or diarrhea. Disinfectants can have the same effects.
Some symptoms caused by fabric softener fumes are: tiredness that is not cured by resting, difficulty breathing, and nervousness for no known reason, difficulty concentrating and remembering, dizziness, headaches, sick stomach, feeling faint, rashes and/or difficulty controlling body movements. For more information, please visit nontoxic.com/nontoxic.
Get rid of Fabric Softeners! Fabric softeners leave an oil coating on clothes, which don’t make them softer or fluffy. The oil builds up on the fibers and takes the absorbency out (oil repels water). In the dryer, fabric softener leaves a sticky residue on all the components like the moisture sensors and drum of the dryer. They plug it up and the residue is very flammable (#1 cause of house fires is in the dryer). It tells you right on the back of some fabric softeners not to use on towels, terrycloth or fleece because it’s highly flammable. Fabric softeners take the fire retardant out of baby’s clothes. Two boxes of brand name fabric softeners are $20. People waste hundreds of dollars on fabric softeners in a year’s time.
Clean and Soften Fabrics Naturally. Nellie’s™ All-Natural Laundry Soda is hypoallergenic – perfect for baby clothes and sensitive skin. It cleans all the way to the fiber, rinses thoroughly and it leaves no residue. The little tips on Nellie’s™ Dryerballs retain the heat and massage the fibers in the clothes opening them up and making them soft and fluffy without the use of chemicals. Dryerballs can be used on any fabrics – your delicates, your jeans, towels, bedding, etc.