Get Rid of Static Once and For All with These Practices
If clothes dryers are one of the great modern conveniences, then static cling is one of the great modern annoyances. There are plenty of products on the market such as dryer sheets or fabric softeners that will get rid of static, but many people are reluctant to use them because they coat clothes in chemicals and strong fragrances.
If you want to eliminate static cling, but don’t want to use commercial products, then try these 9 clever tips to get rid of static once and for all.
- Hang Clothes to Dry
You can eliminate static cling by skipping the dryer altogether and hanging your clothes up to dry either outside or inside on a drying rack. Either way, you’ll not only stop static, but you’ll reduce your energy bill and be doing something good for the health of the planet.
- Use Soap Nuts
An environmentally friendly alternative to synthetic detergents, soap nuts are a berry shell that naturally contain soap. Using soap nuts in the wash is an excellent way to clean your clothes and thwart static cling—especially if you have sensitive skin.
- Make Your Own Dryer Sheets
You can make your own static-eliminating dryer sheets using natural ingredients. All you need is white vinegar, essential oils of your choice, a spray bottle, and several strips of cotton cloth. Pour about a cup of vinegar into a spray bottle. Add in a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Then simply spray the cloth until damp, but not dripping. Then add the cloth to the dryer with your load of laundry.
- Add Baking Soda
There are so many wonderful uses for baking soda around the home, and here’s one more. Add a ½ cup of baking soda, along with laundry detergent, during your next load of laundry. Baking soda is a natural fabric softener that gets rid of static while keeping whites white and colors bright.
- Reduce Drying Time
Another common cause of static in the laundry is over-drying. When items are completely dry but continue to tumble in the dryer, static electricity in invited into the mix. Allow clothes to dry only until they’re not wet anymore and you’ll find much less static cling when you pull clothes out of the dryer. Plus less dryer time means you’re saving energy.
- Make Use of Metal
When an article of clothing is already filled with static, you can discharge the static by running a metal hanger over the clothing. Metal conducts electricity and will help discharge the static. You can also attach a small metal safety pin to the hem of a pant leg or under a shirt cuff to stay static free throughout the day.
- Use Aluminum Foil
This is a classic trick that really works. Simply tear off a sheet of aluminum foil, ball it up and toss it into the dryer with your clothes. Voila! No more static. You can even use the same foil ball for 2 or 3 loads.
- Dry Synthetic Fabrics Separately
Synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester are one of the main culprits of static cling. When dried with other fabrics, these synthetic fabrics help “charge up” all your other clothing with static electricity. Pull synthetic fabrics out of the wash and hang them up to dry.
- Introduce Steam
Since dry air is the main cause of static, you may want to invest in a dryer with a steam cycle. The steam cycle is intended to reduce wrinkles before you pull clothes out of the dryer, but have the added benefit of helping you get rid of static cling. If you’re interested in a steam-cycle dryer, then stop by Reno’s Appliance to see our wide selection.
Static cling doesn’t have to be the scourge of laundry day. Try any of these simple tips to get rid of static in your laundry today.
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