Dryer balls- Anyone tried them?

We just bought ourselves some dryer balls.
http://www.dryerballs.co.uk /
They're supposed to make your tumble dryer dry more efficiently, and also remove static electricity.
In fact we've got a washer dryer, which we put on at night to save money. So, unless we go to the effort of stopping it after the wash to put the balls in for the drying, it looks like we're not going to be using the balls at all.
Does anyone know whether the balls would be ok to go through the washing cycle first, and then the drying cycle, or would it ruin them?
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Tennis balls [from the dollar store] work just as well, & are a lot cheaper Sandy
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snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.co.uk wrote in

I have a pair of these (closer to the shape of the pink one in the picture on the web page). I haven't noticed any reduction in drying time with normal laundry loads and all of my clothing is natural-fibre, so I don't get static electricity.
I have noticed that the balls are useful when I wash and dry my down comforters and pillows. They serve to forcibly un-clump the wet down, and therefore result in a much more thorough drying in a shorter time and an automatic fluffing of the goose down. If you don't have or use down or feather products, I'd question whether or not you would find these items useful.
Cheers! GRB
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Talc works for me.
Mike
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