Do You Want To Find Out How To Get Rid Of Static In Clothes?

Do you hate it when you have to deal with clingy clothes or frizzed up hair that won’t stay put? Static cling is one of the most annoying laundry related issues that can happen to anyone! The good news is that you can not only prevent this from happening but also get rid of it once and for all! And maybe you are an expert when it comes to clothes, knowing how to bleach your whites, or even how to make lavender bags to keep them smelling amazing, but what about how to get rid of static in clothes?

Cute little boy with static electric hair, having his funny portrait taken outdoors on a trampoline

The same forces that cause lightning storms can also cause that cling in clothes. Although that sounds too tough to manage, the truth is it is very simple! You can avoid static with just a few simple changes to the way you do your laundry and dry your clothes! But there are also many ways to tackle static in clothes you’re already wearing. Find here the best, simple and effective solutions for static cling. They will surprise you!

What causes static electricity in clothes?

Wondering what causes static electricity in your clothes? Well, it’s not Thor (Marvel lovers, I salute you) playing around in your laundry room, so what is it? Static electricity happens when you are drying or wearing fabrics that gather an electric charge. When your clothes rub together and tumble around in the dryer, an exchange of electrons occurs between these different fabric types. Your clothes develop static charge as an effect of electrons moving from one material to another, resulting in an imbalance between negative and positive charges in the 2 fabrics.

Electric charge builds up primarily in clothes made of synthetic fabrics. The result is that they stick to your body like they are glued to you. This is also more noticeable in low humidity environments. That’s why you notice static electricity happening more in the winter than summer months. Long story short, when oppositely charged clothes attract each other and meet-Zap! But when they are not strong enough to zap, they cling! So, now that you know that there is lightning in your laundry room, how can you get rid of it and prevent static cling? Keep on reading to find out!

Due to Static Cling socks sticked or attracted to t shirt.

How to get rid of static in clothes once it strikes

Are you struggling with static problems in your clothes? Find here some easy ways to tackle them, whether you are at home or already out!

Use metal (not music!)

There are many metal items you can use to remove static. Here are the best tips for you.

  1. The first way to get rid of static is by sliding your affected clothes through a metal clothes hanger. When your clothes are ready for you to wear, gently slide the hanger over them before putting them on. The metal will discharge the electricity and remove the static. You can also pass the metal hanger in between the clothes and your skin after putting them on. Just keep in mind that some clothing items, such as heavy sweaters, do not work well with them. If you are afraid that it can damage your clothing, simply run the hunger over the fabric’s surface before storing it some other way. 
  2. Hide a safety pin inside of the clothes to absorb static. You should slide the pin through the clothing seam so that it won’t be visible from the outside.
  3. Drag a metal object over your shirt to gather electrical charge. You can use a thimble, brush, pin, or any other object like a fork, spoon, bowl, or screwdriver. Just make sure that the metal object is clean before running it over the clothes.

Use hairspray 

Grab a can of hairspray and use it from a distance on your clean washcloth. Spray for 3-4 seconds to lightly cover the clothing in the hairspray without soaking it. This product is specially formulated to combat static in hair, but the same chemicals will prevent static cling from occurring on the clothes. You should do this immediately before wearing your clothes so that the spray doesn’t have time to wear off.

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Use an anti-static spray

Static reducing sprays neutralise electrical charges in your clothes. Follow the same process as with the hairspray, and spritz it from a distance right before wearing your clothes. 

Make an anti-static mix

Vinegar has so many uses, like when you want to clean your washing machine or a shower glass. But you can also use it to fight static! You can make a mix of 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons each of fabric softener and vinegar in a spray bottle. Use that mix on trouble spots as an alternative homemade version to the anti-static spray.

Moisturise your skin

Rub some lotion into your skin to increase the surface humidity. This will keep fabrics from clinging to you. You can use any moisturiser or lotion to get rid of static.

Freeze your clothes

Before putting your clothes on, leave them in the freezer for about 15 minutes. This brief time in the freezer will introduce to your clothes enough moisture to eliminate any static presence.

Use wet hands 

Another simple way to get rid of static in clothes is by getting your hands wet and brushing them over your clothing. That method works great with most fabrics, but you should avoid using it when wearing fabrics that don’t respond well to water, like silk and delicate dry-clean-only fabrics.

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9 ways to prevent static buildup

Are you looking for some smart tips for preventing static from building up on your clothes in the first place? Here is all you need! Many of these deal with the way you wash and dry your clothes since this is where most static issues start. Follow these tips to eliminate static problems in no time! 

Use fabric softener

Use it on your clothes in the rinse cycle of the washer to keep them static-free! Adding a store-bought or DIY homemade fabric softener to your washing machine will help lubricate your clothes. The fabric conditioner will reduce friction and static and give your fabrics a smooth and soft finish!

Air dry or line your clothes after washing

The static build-up happens mainly due to heat and dryness, which is why air drying is preferable to over-drying your clothes in a dryer. Take the clothes out of the dryer while they are still a bit damp, or even better, take them out of the washer immediately after it’s done. Then, lay them on a flat surface or hang them in a clothesline to air-dry.

Rinse with white vinegar

Vinegar can be a great natural softener for your fabrics when you use it in your laundry. All you should do is add about 1 cup of white vinegar to your rinse cycle when washing the clothes. Just be careful not to use vinegar with bleach as a dangerous gas could occur.

Use dryer sheets or bars

Dryer sheets work where the electrostatic problems are made, being more effective than softeners in reducing the whole cling situation. They have a liquid surfactant that is activated by heat and are specially made to prevent static. You can also use fabric softener to make homemade dryer sheets that will help prevent static buildup during the dry cycle.

hand dropping dryer sheets into your dryer or washing machine

Use wool dryer balls

Wool dryer balls, or even new tennis balls, work the same way as fabric softeners or sheets. Add 1-2 balls to your machine during your dry cycles to help cut back on the amount of static on your clothes. They will also minimise the amount of contact between the fabrics, and as a result, the static too.

Aluminium foil ball

Aluminium foil is a natural way for reducing static and doesn’t contain chemical fragrances like dryer sheets. To use, tear off an aluminium foil sheet, roll it into a ball, and add it to your dryer. That ball will last several loads and will become smooth after 1-2 loads. When you notice it’s no longer working, you should replace it

Wear leather-soled shoes

Does your shoe rack have all kinds of shoes on it? Wear more leather-soled shoes than rubber soles to eliminate static. They allow electricity to freely flow through the body after contact with a bunch of electrons, whereas rubber soles will lock it in one place.

Separate and conquer

Separate natural fibre fabrics from synthetic fibre ones before drying clothes for less cling incidents. It will be much better to dry synthetics outside since they are typically the chief culprit in static cling.

Use a humidifier

If your laundry room is too dry, static can form. Keep it more humid by running a humidifier every time you are using the dryer to stop static.

Modern air humidifier on table indoors, blurred clothes in the background

There you have it; now you know how to prevent and get rid of static in clothes! Follow these quick and simple ways to manage it, and for better results, try combining them. The results will be clean and neat clothes that stay in their place and don’t mess with your hair. Don’t get zapped again – you’ve got it now!

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