Does anyone throw tennis balls into the dryer?

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  1. Dink

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    I've noticed that adding tennis balls actually speeds up drying time. They bounce around and beat the water out of your clothes.

    Next time, try it!
     
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  2. thefan

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    My only concern is that it will damage and/or dent the machine.
     
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  3. Dink

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    They make a heck of a lot of noise, but they haven't damaged my dryer yet.
     
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  4. thundaga

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    wat possessed u to put tennis balls in your dryer?? were u drunk???
     
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  5. Dink

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    Actually, I was punishing them for the day before, when I lost in a tie-break.
     
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  6. Loco4Tennis

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    i actually tried this once, years ago, and if i can recall correct, it made the ball bounce like crazy, i think the heat softens the rubber inside making the ball very springy, but eventually got VERY FLAT, to where you could squeeze the ball completely
     
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  7. coach

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    Heat increases air pressure, that's why you get the extra bounce. Haven't you noticed on really hot days the balls may seem really bouncy? Same thing in car tires in winter (if you live in a cold climate) you need to add more air pressure.
     
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  8. Nuke

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    A few tennis balls in the dryer are a good idea if you're washing/drying a down jacket or comforter. The down will go flat if you line dry it, but the bouncing balls in the dryer puff it up. Yes, it's noisy.
     
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  9. johnv_pr

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    Doesn't it brings the dirt from the court to direct contact with your clean clothing?
     
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  10. origmarm

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    This is exactly how I have used them before, I put then in for down items also
     
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  11. Pr0DiGy

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    I'm a little paranoid of the ball exploding from the heat increasing the air pressure...
     
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  12. origmarm

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    Yeah I have to admit I put it on low just in case :)
     
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  13. Loco4Tennis

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    what,, havent you guys ever had popcorn, same thing, just don't put any salt on these babys,, haha, just kidding,, salt is fine :)
     
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  14. aznspongehead

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    If it explodes the ball would just flip... I don't think it would blow up into pieces.
     
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  15. Dink

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    I use cheap Walmart balls for drying.
     
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  16. Shashwat

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    Why would you throw tennis balls in the dryer with clothes?

    First of all, your clothes would smell like tennis balls.
    Second, they would have the fuzz from the tennis ball.
    Third, it would be hazardous.
     
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  17. babolatpdtp

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    Just be careful with what is in the dryer. If there is a shirt or something with a rough fabric, the ball fuzz will stick on it
     
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  19. LuckyR

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    My doubles partner will pop old balls into the microwave to liven them up before a session.
     
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  20. PROTENNIS63

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    lol...... haha
     
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  21. tangoll

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    heating up balls to increase air pressure inside ball not sensical

    If the pressure of air inside the ball is greater than the pressure of air surrounding the ball, all this does is make the ball lose its bounce more quickly, since the higher inside pressure will force the air to leak out more quickly through the ball membrane. To maintain the bounce of the ball at its highest possible level, you want the pressure of air surrounding the ball to be greater than the air pressure the ball.
     
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