Asked on Dec 28, 2018

How do I keep clothes from wadding up in ball in my dryer?

William HallDia8596230Lizbeth


Has anyone found a solution to clothes getting tangled into a massive ball in their front load dryer? I've tried dryer balls, drying similar weight fabrics, etc to no avail. Heaven forbid I put a fitted sheet in to dry, lol! I have to remove the items several times during the cycle to untangle them and it takes way too long to dry because of this. Any ideas?!

7 answers
  • Heather2229
    on Dec 28, 2018

    Hi Lynn,

    I too have had this issue . One day out of frustration I threw in my flip flops along with the dryer balls still using the flip flops . It worked perfectly. My flip flops are pink, there was no colour transfer from the flip flops , but you may want to test yours out first ,ha,ha. With a big comforter I have thrown in clean tennis shoes .

    I hope this is a help to you Lynn ,

    I feel your tangled woes .


  • Dryer is over loaded. Put less items in and they will also dry faster.

  • Nancy Peterman
    Nancy Peterman
    on Dec 28, 2018

    Let me know if you find a solution!

  • Flipturn
    on Dec 28, 2018

    Agree with Naomie that the dryer is overloaded. If you dry fewer clothes in each load, it will not take as long a time for the load to dry.

    As for fitted sheets, always dry them alone. Set the timer on your dryer for short segments, for example, 10 minutes. When the timer rings, turn the sheet inside/right side out. Repeat as necessary.

    Do not dry anything else with a fitted sheet. The other items will not only just find their way inside the fitted sheet, it will ball up around them, and nothing will dry properly.

  • Lizbeth
    on Dec 28, 2018

    Dryer balls or tennis balls do help but they are noisy. I agree though it sounds like the dryer may be overloaded. It's also possible the vent needs cleaning (not the trap, the actual vent) A vent that's clogged means things take longer to dry so they are tumbled for longer resulting in the ball effect.

  • Dia8596230
    on Dec 28, 2018

    i put a bath towel (which has been washed) in the dryer with my sheets. I fine that works for me. I do not find things in the cornors of the fitted sheet.

  • William Hall
    William Hall
    on Jun 7, 2020

    Not sure about overload we have a Samsung DV456000 series washer and dryer put one King size comforter and it wads it up worse than a basketball tried tennis balls guess try flip flops next pretty disappoint for such a luxury dryer

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