Home Remedies for Static Cling

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When you think of static cling, the first thing that may come to your mind is clothing sticking to your legs while walking. However, the phenomenon associated with static electricity can affect many other everything occurrences. Luckily, with home remedies for static cling, you can stay one step ahead of the attraction you’d like to avoid.

Causes of Static Cling

Static cling is caused by an exchange of electrons that can create an electrical charge in two dry materials that rub against one another. The produced charge can build up to the point of static electricity. The result is often the sticking or holding together of the two objects. When electrons are exchanged, one object will gain electrons and become negatively charged, while the other items losing electrons and becomes positively charged.

Static cling tends to occur in certain materials more often than others. It all depends on how highly negatively or positively charged an object is. Materials possessing a high positive charge include wool, nylon, silk, fur and your lovely locks. Rubber, polyester and plastic wrap carry a high negative charge. Cotton, wood and paper have little to no electric charge, and are less likely to cause static cling.

Static Cling Home Remedies

Static cling can strike at any time, including hair standing on end, clothes adhering to the skin, balloons gravitating to walls without any adhesive, and dust sticking to plastic surfaces. Luckily, the following home remedies for static cling can be of some assistance:

a) Dryer Sheets:

One of the best ways to prevent static cling in clothing is to add a dryer sheet to the dryer. You may also add liquid fabric softener during the wash cycle.

b) Fabric Softener:

To avoid the embarrassment that comes with static cling, keep a fabric softener sheet handy in your purse or dresser drawer [1]. Rubbing a dampened sheet over your pantyhose can prevent clingy skirts.

c) Fabric Softener and Water:

In a spray bottle, combine 2 teaspoons of liquid fabric softener with 2 quarts of water. Shake well the solution and spray lightly on the inner sides of the garment. Allow the fabric to absorb the solution and wear it. This will effectively remove static electricity from the clothes.

d) Water:

Sometimes, a dry environment can contribute to an increase in static cling. Misting the air with water can add more moisture.

e) Humidifier:

If static cling is an issue because your environment is dry, consider sleeping with a humidifier to add moisture to the air.

f) Condition Your Hair:

If your hair is constantly prone to static cling, it could be the result of dry hair. A nice home remedy is to apply mayonnaise as a conditioner after shampooing your hair. This little trick helps by adding moisture to your locks. In the long run, using hair conditioners can help reduce your risk of static cling with your hair.

g) Avoid Plastic:

Plastic brushes and combs are notorious for causing static in your hair. Instead, choose a rubber comb or natural bristle hairbrush.

h) Vinegar:

Adding ½ cup of vinegar to your wash can help prevent static cling.

i) Vinegar and Borax:

Adding ¼ cup vinegar and ¼ cup or less of borax to the wash cycle of your laundry can help fight static cling.

j) Shake, Shake, Shake:

After removing your clothes from the drier, shake them out to reduce static cling.

k) Metal Safety Pin:

Some say that attaching a metal safety pin to the inside of your clothing can eliminate static cling.

l) Hair Spray:

Getting rid of static cling can be just as easy as using hair spray. Lightly spray the inside of your fabric before putting on your clothing. Allow the spray to fully dry before getting dressed.

m) Choices of Clothing:

Sometimes, choosing your clothing materials carefully can prevent static cling. Synthetic materials are more likely to produce a clingy result over natural materials.

n) Lotion:

Skin lotion can help reduce static cling in clothing when you use on your skin. When wearing wool or nylon clothes, rub in body lotion before getting dressed. The lotion acts as a barrier and conducts charges that can prevent the development of static cling. This home remedy is especially helpful during the winter months.

o) Clothes Hanger:

An old home remedy for alleviating static cling is to straighten out a metal clothes hanger and then brush it down the inside of the clothes. The wire actually helps neutralize any static charge your clothes may harbor.

Resources

[1] Reader’s Digest Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things; pg. 169.

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  • Carol B.

    I’ve used a small ball of foil wrap in my dryer…instead of a dryer sheet. It works great….