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Static electricity makes clothes cling to your body. Let’s go over some tips to help reduce static cling during the laundry process and after.
How to Get Rid of Static Cling on Clothes.
Easy ways to stop static cling before it starts.
If you have a family, chances are you have dealt with more than your fair share of laundry. You have also probably had to deal with static cling before. Don’t you just love walking through the office when out of nowhere a sneaky static cling sock or pair of underwear falls out of your pants leg? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there at least once, but there are some easy ways that you can get rid of static cling on clothes, and even prevent it before it starts.
We’ll be covering both static prevention and static solutions in today’s blog post, so you can minimize your static struggles no matter where you are in the cycle.
But before we dive into those tips, I thought it would be useful to first learn a bit about how static cling forms. So let’s get started!
What Causes Static Cling In Your Dryer?
Simply put, static cling results from an electric charge build-up because of fabrics brushing up against one another, which occurs during the tumble-drying process.
So, of course, the dryer is the primary cause and most of us have no other choices when it comes to drying our clothes.
You’ve probably noticed that static cling is much worse in the winter than summer months. That is due to a drop in humidity. The winter months are much drier. And with less humidity in the air clothes tumbling in the dryer will create more friction.
Water molecules help to reduce static cling by collecting on the clothing to reduce the buildup of electrical charges
Tips to Prevent Static Cling
Increase humidity. You can also rub the clinging area of clothing with a damp cloth to at least temporarily reduce it. But the best way to increase the humidity in your home is with a humidifier like this Elechomes Humidifier. This increases the moisture content of your skin and prevents clothing from clinging to your skin. And helps decrease wrinkles too.
Air dry your clothes. Hanging clothes to dry on a drying rack or from hangers will eliminate this problem. However, this is time-consuming and can take up a lot of space in your home.
Another option is to prevent static cling by removing your clothing from the dryer before it is completely dry. This will mean the inside of your dryer is more humid, which will prevent static cling, leave fewer wrinkles in your clothes, and help you save on your household energy costs too.
Use Softeners, dryer sheets, or dryer balls. This sounds very obvious. But sometimes you need to increase the use of dryer sheets. Instead of using one, you may have to use two. But my best tip is to use Dryer balls. They are an excellent, natural way to reduce static cling in the dryer. These are a great option for those who may be sensitive to the fragrances and additives found in store-bought dryer sheets.
Plus, you can dampen each dryer ball or soak a few of them generously with water (they should be wet and not dripping) – add them in at the beginning of your dryer cycle.
Separate Fabrics. One last tip for preventing static cling is to dry your synthetic clothing (nylon, polyester) separately from clothing made with natural fibers like cotton, wool, or hemp. Synthetic clothing becomes electrically charged quite easily, and can spread into your load of laundry.
But what if static cling is already plaguing your clothes? If the prevention ship has already sailed, here are some ways to get rid of static cling.
Tips for Getting Static Cling off Clothes
First, use a metal hanger. The metal helps discharge the electricity, thereby removing the static.
Second, use a static reducing spray or dryer sheet. The quickest and easier is to simply spray your clothing. I used to keep one of these cans in my office drawer during the winter. It helped a lot. Otherwise, you can take a fabric sheet and quickly rub your clothes with it. The fabric softener in dryer sheets contains anti-static agents, which is why a quick swipe with a dryer sheet takes care of static fast.
Thirdly, wear rubber sole shoes. You might want to consider swapping shoes to those with leather soles instead of rubber ones. Leather soles allow the electricity to flow through your body freely, while rubber-soled shoes keep them locked in one place.
Lastly, keep your skin moisturized. Static is more likely to happen in areas that are dry. Prevent that from happening by keeping your skin moisturized. Adding moisture to your skin by slathering on some body lotion will help cut down on static.
Now that you know how to tame static cling and how to prevent it, you shouldn’t have to worry about that laundry annoyance anymore!