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Handsome Recommends: Nellie’s Drier Balls

Over the next few weeks preceding the holidays we’ll be posting some Christmas gift ideas for the Handsome men in your lives.

Simple, effective, & green

Simple, effective, & green

Handsome recommends: Nellie’s Dryer Balls. Looking for a simple gift idea for your boyfriend? Do the Handsome men in your life have trouble with payng attention to the simplest task, like doing laundry? Are you a casual environmentalist and want to prove it with your snappy green gift ideas? Nellie’s Dryer Balls do just the trick this holiday season.

Dryer balls work by spreading out tumbling clothes, creating space in the dryer and prevent clothes from bunching together. More air means more surface area, which means faster drying. Faster drying saves energy, saving you money and helping lower your carbon footprint. In times like these, that’s good news on both fronts, no? Another advantage of the balls (that’s what she said) is that the space they create helps take the wrinkles out of your clothes, reducing the need to iron – a less-than-fun but very necessary Handsome time suck.

Drawbacks? Some worry that the agitation from the balls (that’s what… never mind) wears clothes down faster. Dirty Handsome’s been using a pair of the balls for nearly a year (sigh) but hasn’t seen any noticeable signs of abuse, even on older garments. Soft cotton like jersey t-shirts and sheets comes out softer, but that’s hardly a drawback in our Handsome opinion. Our obliquely scientific findings show that the balls really soften up (seriously, again?) in the dryer to the point they’re safe, even if it sounds very loud and violent at the begining of the cycle.

Nellie’s Dryer Balls – $17.99 at

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  1. Bret posted on December 1, 2008:

    I have to say, were it not for the word “balls” (LOL) in the title, this product could be considered ungentlemanly.

  2. eeyun posted on December 1, 2008:

    I always wished I had drier balls.

    My main concern however, is whether my girlfriend will let me keep these ones.

  3. Robert Gerrity posted on December 2, 2008:

    Are these a substitute for dryer sheets or used in addition to them?

  4. Dirty Handsome posted on December 2, 2008:

    You can use them as a substitution, but they don’t keep your laundry as fragrant. Also, the plastic tumbling around can cause a lot of static. I think I’d use the balls in addition to sheets, not as a substitute.

  5. Nick posted on January 9, 2009:

    Or save the 17 nity nity, spend it on her, and throw in a couple of tennis balls…this way, hopefully, you do not get caught with dryer balls around the house!

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