Static cling is annoying, uncomfortable and potentially embarrassing. Static occurs when the friction between pieces of clothing creates a negative charge and ultimately becomes static energy. Moisture alleviates static cling by pulling negatively charged electrons off the clothing before static buildup occurs. Dryer sheets were the traditional method of combating static, but the chemicals used, such as acetate and benzyl alcohol, have left many consumers searching for a natural alternative.
Add a 1/4 cup of white vinegar into your wash cycle. Vinegar is an especially versatile natural substance. Get softer, less clingy static clothing by adding the vinegar directly into the washing machine. Do not use this method with bleach, as the resulting gas is noxious.
The friction between natural fibers, like cotton, with synthetic fibers, like polyester, creates significant static cling. Line dry your synthetic material and leave the dryer space for the natural fabrics to reduce friction and static buildup.
Wet Wash Cloth
Keep your dryer air moist by adding a clean soaking-wet washcloth in with your clothing before starting the cycle. Static cling thrives in dry air, adding moisture negates static buildup. Remove your clothing while still damp to prevent over-drying the material and creating static cling.
Set a humidifier on low to medium moisture and place it on your closet floor. The humidifier won't dampen your dry clothing, but the added moisture will prevent your one-piece dress from clinging half-way up your stomach.
Neutralize static charge buildup by moving a metal coat hanger through delicate fabrics, like silk. For maximum efficacy, use this method after dressing or right before wearing an item.
Organic Dryer Sheets
Use an organic dryer sheet to stamp out static cling in your clothing. Companies that manufacture organic, or all-natural, dryer sheets add moisture to your clothing by using small amounts of mineral and vegetable oils instead of chemicals.
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