In a word, NO! It’s not ok to use dryer sheets or fabric softener on cloth diapers. Dryer sheets give your laundry the feel of softness by leaving a chemical coating behind that feels soft to the touch (and contains lots of synthetic fragrance). Unfortunately, that coating also ruins the absorbency of things like cloth diapers, towels, and workout clothes. Using dryer balls gives you a way to impart softness without reducing absorption power – plus, no ick factor of chemical residue! Used in correct proportion to laundry, dryer balls also help your cloth diapers dry faster which is a huge plus, as all cloth parents can attest to!