What Are Alpaca Dryer Balls and How Do They Work?

What Are Alpaca Dryer Balls and How Do They Work?

Posted by Kim Brooks on 4th Feb 2022

Everything you need to know about natural Alpaca Dryer Balls so you can make the right choice for your  families' needs.


Dryer balls are added to your dryer load instead of liquid fabric softeners or dryer sheets to soften clothes. They are most commonly made of tightly compressed wools but can also be made of plastic fibers, hard plastic with spikes or rubber. They are designed to prevent laundry from clumping together by separating layers and allowing air to better circulate, which reduces drying time as well as lowering the heat setting. The movement of the dryer balls against fabrics softens them while reducing wrinkles, and static (*over drying can increase static and negates savings.)


Alpaca Dryer Balls made from 100% pure US grown alpaca. We know exactly what is used to make them, or better yet, what isn’t! Cut one open and you will see nothing but alpaca fibers. 100% Hypoallergenic alpaca is a safe and natural material for everyone. Alpaca Dryer Balls eliminate allergy contamination from sheep's wool and micro-plastics from plastic dryer balls. Using alpaca dryer balls is the best way to eliminate toxins from items that touch skin, as well as those that come in contact with infants and pets, and is beneficial to our overall health and wellbeing of the planet.


YES they doAlpaca dryer balls can dramatically reduce your drying times (on average between 25-33%), while softening clothes and reducing wrinkles. Our favorite plus is that they soften towels without reducing absorbency. And, if used correctly, they reduce static cling. Alpaca wool dryer balls are especially nice because they are far quieter while tumbling around.

Get the Facts!  

100% Pure - Naturally Hypoallergenic - 0 Micro-Plastics

  • Reduces Drying Time
  • Conserves Electricity
  • Softens Laundry
  • Reduces Wrinkles
  • Maintains Absorbency
  • Reduces Static*
  • Saves Money
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Safe for People, Pets & Planet

What size of Alpaca Dryer balls is best? Optimal Size is 2.5" to 3" - Larger sizes don't move as well between clothes.

Do I need to change color of my Alpaca Dryer Balls with the color of the load? No! Color Doesn't Matter - Loose fibers will go into the lint trap and not your clothing.

Will using more Alpaca Dryer Balls further reduce drying time? NO, 3 balls are sufficient. More isn't better and doesn't further speed up drying time, but it will increase noise.

Do Alpaca Dryer Balls need cleaning? No they are maintenance free, unlike wool dryer balls they do not absorb moisture so they stay fresh and clean. There is no need to wash them, ever!

Do Alpaca Dryer Balls need refreshing? No need to refresh your alpaca dryer balls - when they get scrappy looking they are actually working to their optimal performance, grabbing lint and hair off of clothing so don’t trim or shave them.

How long will my alpaca dryer balls last? While they might not be pretty, they are still 100% effective and should last for at least a year or longer, depending on usage.

Can Alpaca Dryer Balls be used with liquid or fabric softener sheets? Yes, but by doing so you are negating the reason for the dryer balls. Ditch the liquid and sheets and save literally hundreds of dollars each year. If you want a bit of scent, see below! You can infuse your alpaca dryer balls with your favorite fragrance. 

Your Dryer's Newest Friend - And Your Wallet's Too!

Safe and cost effective for all types of machine dried laundry, Alpaca Dryer Balls will be your and your dryer's best friend. Go ahead and let them live in your dryer all the time, but if you want to tuck them away, our's come in a useful muslin bag, perfect for adding scent from your favorite essential oils (see below!).

Think of how much money you can save each year!

More info!

US Grown Alpaca - Hand made in the Heartland

There are more than 50,000 alpacas in the United States and farms located across the country from coast to coast and Canada too. We have a trusted farm that lovingly creates our dryer balls just for us. While alpaca comes in different qualities, we use the finest fibers used for alpaca sweaters, socks and scarves while the lesser grades are used for carpets, upholstery and even dryer balls. Alpacas come in 22 natural dye-free colors and the color doesn't affect drying time, durability or performance of your alpaca dryer balls.

Soft, Fresh, & Static Free

The tumbling motion that tosses your clothes around to dry them also causes fabrics to rub against each other, building up electrostatic charges. Alpaca Dryer Balls separate the items so they don't rub together as much, reducing static. However, if you over dry your clothes, you will also be increasing static, with or without dryer balls. Be sure to only dry for as long as is needed and not longer.

Get Rid of Costly Fabric Softeners

Fabric Softeners in both liquid and sheet form, have been linked to life threatening respiratory illnesses. According to the Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health study, VOCs emitted from dryer vents after using fabric softeners and scented dryer sheets contained substances known to be carcinogenic. (as reported in Healthline 09/18/19). We love that alpaca helps everyone live a naturally clean life!

Create Your Own Signature Scent

By adding a few drops of essential oil, you can craft your own fabulous Alpaca Dryer Ball softener scents. Place a few drops on each ball and put them in the muslin bag our dryer balls come in. Tumble them for a few minutes, infusing the balls with the scent. NOTE!! Do not skip this step and apply oil to the balls and then use them right away. The oil can leach onto your clothes, spotting them. By tumbling them in the bag, it will grab any loose oil, so when you use them no harm comes to your clothing. The strength of the essential oil you use will dictate how frequently you should re-scent your dryer balls.