Trying to unstick those sticky clothes?
No problem. Static can make clothes clingy, but there are a few easy things you can do to get rid of static once and for all.
Here are a few tips for eliminating static from your clothes:
Stop Static before It Starts
Dryer is a chief cause of static. When clothes tumble around in the heat, they build up a static charge. Stopping static in the wash or dryer can help you solve the root of the problem. Here are some ways to do just that:
- Use fabric softener. Fabric softener is added to the wash to keep clothes from getting stiff. It also helps eliminate static, but it can be toxic for the environment so use with care.
- Add white vinegar to the wash. Like fabric softener, white vinegar in the wash can help remove static and soften up clothes. Unlike fabric softener, however, it is free of chemicals and safer for the environment.
- Ball up tin foil and toss it in. Tin foil balls help keep clothes separate and can reduce static cling. This is an easy fix and usually takes just a couple minutes. Tennis balls can also pull off the same feat.
- Add dryer balls when you dry your clothes. These are specially made to remove static. They are usually made of wool or plastic and do the same thing as tennis balls or tin foil balls.
- Most women have heard of this next tip when it comes to static and eliminating it quickly – dryer sheets! Especially those who are accustomed to wearing pantyhose with skirts, use the dryer sheets by rubbing them thoroughly on the pantyhose or surfaces that are clingy. This should stop any static all day! It’s simple, fast AND cheap!
Stop Static When You Wear Clothes
Time to hit the road and you’ve got a cling problem? No big deal. Here are a few ways to stop static when you’ve already got it:
- Just add water. Wet your hands and brush them over your clothes, or spritz with some water. If you notice static cling when you’ve finished drying your clothes, dampen your hands before folding.
- Throw in some metal. Metal dissipates the electrical charge of static clothes, so use a metal hanger to take care of the issue. Slip it inside your clothes right before you wear them, or slide it between your body and your clothes. Safety pins, thimbles, the right type of metal jewelry, and other items that contain metal can accomplish the same trick – just be careful with the pin and remember to remove it before washing!
- Spray your clothes with hairspray. Though hairspray is designed to work on hair, it also works on clothes. Do this right before you wear your clothes or after you put them on for best results.
There are dozens of tried and true methods to eliminating static quickly and effectively, what methods have worked best for you? We would love to hear about it!