How to Prevent Tangled, Twisted, Balled-Up Sheets in the Washer and Dryer

Posted by Cynthia Bray on

Wad-Free for Bed Sheets product package with white laundry basket

Are you wondering how to keep your sheets from twisting, tangling, and balling-up in the washing machine and/or dryer? Does your washing machine go off-balance when you wash sheets? Do you have to run the dryer more than once for the load to dry? Do small items get trapped inside the sheets leaving soggy spots? Do your sheets come out more wrinkled than they went in? You aren’t alone: 89% of appliances wind the bed sheets up into a wad resulting in all sorts of problems.


While the sheet wad is certainly not a new phenomena, if you noticed more problems with newer appliances, you aren’t alone. Consumers have reported more frequent and severe wadding problems with the newer high efficiency, high capacity, and Energy Star models of washers and dryers. This maddening problem not only wastes your time, money, and energy, it is also harsh on your sheets and on your appliances.


Sheets rope, twist, tangle, wad, and roll up into big clumps because of, well, physics. There are all sorts of variables in laundry…from the size and the shape of the drum and its fins, to the contents of the load, to water level and spin speed…that all contribute to sheets roping up into a knotted mess.


If you’re like many people, you’ve read all sorts of conflicting advice to combat the problem, ranging from running sheets alone to running sheets with towels…using tennis balls or dryer balls (which often just end up trapped inside the sheets) to drying one sheet at a time (!) Some appliance manufacturers even suggest you set a timer to come back to the dryer every 20 minutes to shake out the wads, repeating this several times until the load is dry.


What a waste!


While no two loads are ever the same, there is one simple solution that works 95% of the time in both the clothes washer and dryer. Wad-Free® for Bed Sheets is the new, revolutionary laundry gadget that quickly and easily attaches to your sheets and prevents them from tangling, twisting, and balling-up in both the washing machine and the dryer. The result is cleaner, fluffy laundry that dries up to 75% faster with fewer wrinkles. Wad-Free® for Bed Sheets keeps your properly-loaded washer from going off-balance, which prevents costly wear-and-tear on your appliances. Wad-Free® for Bed Sheets even greatly reduces wet items getting trapped inside. At just $19.99, this laundry gadget will pay for itself several times over in the time, money, and energy it saves…not to mention your sanity!


UPDATE: NEW PRODUCT LAUNCH! Wad-Free® for Blankets & Duvet Covers launched in February 2023, joining the viral sensation Wad-Free® for Bed Sheets to get all your bedding out of a wad!™

Wad-Free for Blankets & Duvet Covers and the Wad-Free Combo Pack are available exclusively at 


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*Note: Wad-Free is not for use with bamboo, eucalyptus, or rayon sheets which (unlike cotton) are very weak when wet, agitated, or dried, and thus require extra gentle care.

A high spin speed is not to be used when using Wad-Free.

Please follow the fabric care instructions of your sheets as well as product instructions when using Wad-Free.

Wad-Free® is the first-ever Wad Preventer™ (also known as Bed Sheet Detangler™) for the Washing Machine and the Dryer.

The Genuine Wad-Free®  Bed Sheet Detangler™ is only available at , on Amazon Sold and Shipped by Wad-Free®.

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