08/01/2014 01:13 pm ET Updated Aug 01, 2014

Down With Cutesy Cleaning Supplies

I've been using dryer balls almost exclusively in place of dryer sheets for a few years now, and I think they're great. I'd like to get you all into a pair! Dryer balls come in sets of two, and somewhere along the way I'd lost one. Being the Half-Sack of the laundering community was fine for a while, but then the time came to wash the comforters, and I really needed the power of both dryer balls for that operation. (They fluff up the filling, you see.) But for whatever reason, when I went out to buy a replacement set, I couldn't find the plain old spiky blue ones my mom had given me for Christmas one year. All I could find were those blasted hedgehogs. So I bought them, and got to work on suppressing the feelings of shame they caused.

Then one day the washcloths came out of the dryer with some odd black marks on them.

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