This is The Secret for No More Wadded-Up Bed Sheets!

If I’ve heard from one reader, I’ve heard from a thousand—all with the same problem. Wadded up sheets. I feel their pain because I have suffered this problem as well. So annoying. It can happen in the washer, but also in the dryer.

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My best solution, which only slightly reduces the problem, has been to launder one sheet at a time and then stop the dryer to rearrange and unroll a couple of times during the cycle. And really, that is no solution at all since it requires more time, energy, detergent. So ridiculous, especially because my washer and dryer are considered large capacity.

Big Fat Wadded-Up Mess

If I attempt to launder a set of sheets daring to throw in pillowcases as well, here’s what happens: The sheets get tangled and then roll themselves in a tight roll. The pillowcases wind up inside that big fat wad, making me wonder if they even got washed.

Untangling the wet mess before drying doesn’t help much at all as the process only starts again. The end result? A big wadded-up, wrinkled mess with random wet spots.

Meet Wad-Free

And now for the good news. I’ve discovered a fabulous solution. Some very smart person has come up with a gadget (made in the USA, yay!) that solves this problem. It is a square piece of plastic with four locking clips—one for each corner of the sheet (fitted or flat). Cleverly named Wad-Free, it prevents the sheets from getting all wadded up.

Wad-Free comes 2 to a package so I can launder a set of sheets in one load. And yes, Wad-Free works like a charm!



Wad-Free Gadgets


Buh-Bye, Balled-Up Sheets

This gadget keeps washer loads balanced and allows sheets to move and tumble more freely so they get clean and dry faster (the manufacturer says 75% faster) and with fewer wrinkles.

I enthusiastically recommend Wad-Free!


Who, what, where?

I love a good story, and Wad-Free is one of the best I’ve read in a long time. Cyndi Bray came up with the idea for Wad-Free having herself long endured the dreaded sheet wad.

After brainstorming with friends with the same problem of sheets balling up and throwing their machines off-balance, Cyndi knew there had to be a solution and she was just the woman to come up with it.

With no background in engineering, product development, or manufacturing, Cyndi taught herself a modeling computer-aided design program. From her kitchen table, she created different versions, sharing prototypes with friends until she zeroed in on exactly what she wanted. And in June of 2020—in the middle of a pandemic!—Cyndi launched her business and the rest is laundry history.

Thank you, Cyndi!



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  1. marian says:

    Why not hang up to dry outside. Save money, best for environment and for the clothes . Remember God gave us the great outdoors to use!

    • Mary Hunt says:

      Great idea, of course if you have this option. Many do not—-apartment dwellers, condo complexes, communities with HOAs that do not allow outdoor clothes lines. Weather is another issue. And face it, those who may have that option might not have the time. Wad-Free is an option, certainly not a, well … mandate.

    • Sheri B. says:

      But,If people don’t have that option. I don’t. I live in an apt. And they work in the washer and dryer. When I wash our sheets, when the wash is done, they are all bunched up and I don’t think there clean nor rinsed well. So, I will buy these!!!

  2. lwt says:

    for some reason i never have the ‘wad’ problem. i put my sheets and pillow cases in my top loader one at a time, evenly distributed along with my other white/light items. once in a while, a sock will get caught in the contour sheet. when i put them in the dryer, i put each thing in one at a time and i make sure nothing is twisted. i give each pillowcase a good shake and put them in, one at a time.

    • Mary Hunt says:

      Likely, your machine has a center agitator. This wadding up thing seems to be more prevalent with a machine that doesn’t have that agitator, which means front-loading washers and all dryers.

  3. Gina D Stevens says:

    WOW! Count me in on this purchase! Now for the bonus question. . . When did this become an issue? I never encountered this problem until I got an HD washer.

    • Mary Hunt says:

      I think it’s the absence of a center agitator. I first encountered it with an LG toploading machine with no agitator. I have a GE frontloading machine now and it’s a problem! It goes in one direction only and I can see the problem. Wad-Free is the only thing I’ve ever tried that really fixes the situation.

  4. Cate says:

    Found a video on wad Brings me back to the days of garter belts! LOL. I wonder if dryer balls get caught in the sheet “pouch,” though. Going on my Christmas wish list!

    • Maria says:

      They do but that doesn’t bother me. Bought my dryer balls on Mary’s suggestion and I love them! Another Christmas gift suggestion.

  5. Cate says:

    So, how does Wad-free work? Can’t tell from the picture. Just finished this laundry chore, so am so, so ready for a solution.

    • Pattye says:

      It works because the corners is the sheets are gathered together, not allowing the sheets to roll up into a sheet burrito. I accomplish the same thing by gathering the corners together and holding them together with a few wire clothes pins. Picture a parachute without cords… It really does work.

    • Nadine Peters says:

      Visit for how-to videos & a special deal including free shipping. That’s where I got mine a year ago.

  6. K. Martin says:

    Only very rarely do I dry my sheets in the dryer, nor my pillowcases, towels, and wash cloths. I’m blessed to be able to hang them outside on my clothes line 99% of the time. And with that plastic gadget selling for $18.99, I think I’d just rather keep them in the dryer a few more minutes, especially since it’s a rare occasion. But I can see why some people in certain situations would benefit from having this.

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