What Causes Static Cling?

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Static cling is caused by the exchange of protons and neutrons that are charged, but running a wire hanger over freshly-dried clothing can discharge the particles and prevent static clean. Use dryer sheets and fabric softener to reduce the occurrence of static cling with advice from a professional house cleaner in this free video on housekeeping.

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Hi, I'm Rachel Yatuzis and I'm going to tell you a little bit about what causes static cling. In layman's terms, friction in the dryer with clothes being tossed around and things like that is what causes static cling. Scientifically it is particles being charged within the clothing. Protons and neutrons are exchanged between clothing items between one item to another. The best way, and the easiest and quickest way, I should say to get rid of static cling is to get a wire hanger and run it over your clothing. This will discharge the particles even on your socks if they're stuck together and your doing laundry, keep a wire hanger right there beside you and it's the easiest way to get rid of the static cling. Also, a good thing to do is to use fabric softener, dryer sheets, obviously those things work really well. And I am Rachel Yatuzis and that is basically what causes static cling.


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