I live in a very dry state, so I’m no stranger to dealing with static on my clothes and hair. It’s not necessarily a harmful issue, but it can be really annoying. No one wants to deal with overly clingy clothes or frizzed up hair that just won’t stay put! But the good news is that there are plenty of quick and simple ways to get rid of static buildup, especially when it comes to your clothes. And I wanted to share a few of those tips with you today!
I’ll start by sharing five tips for preventing static from building up on your clothes in the first place. Many of them deal with the way you wash and dry your clothes, as that is where most static issues start. After that, I’ll share seven easy ways to get rid of static on your clothes if it’s already an issue. These tips will help you eliminate static issues in no time! So without any further ado, let’s get started! :-)
5 Ways To Prevent Static Buildup
1. Use Fabric Softener
Using fabric softener on your clothes is a tried-and-true way to keep them static-free! Just add store-bought or homemade fabric softener to your wash cycle. You can also use fabric softener to make your own homemade dryer sheets that will help prevent static buildup during the dry cycle.
2. Air Dry
Another way to prevent static buildup is to take your clothes out of the dryer while they are still a bit damp. Lay them flat or hang them to dry the rest of the way, and you won’t have any static issues.
3. Rinse With Vinegar
Vinegar is a great natural fabric softener, and it can help eliminate static issues when used in your laundry. Just add about a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle when you’re washing your clothes.
4. Use A Humidifier
Static can form if your laundry room itself is too dry. Keep your laundry room more humid by running a humidifier whenever you’re using the dryer.
Using wool dryer balls (or even a few new tennis balls) during your dry cycles can help cut back on the amount of static on your clothes. If you find that they don’t eliminate all the static, combine it with the vinegar rinse described above. The combination will eliminate static and help your clothes dry faster! Learn how to make your own dryer balls at the link below.
7 Ways To Get Rid Of Static On Your Clothes
1. Use A Dryer Sheet
Rub a dryer sheet over your clothes to help reduce static cling.
2. Apply Moisturizer
Apply a moisturizer or lotion to your skin where your clothes seem to be clinging. Static needs a dry environment, so adding moisture to your skin will help get rid of it.
3. Use a Wire Hanger
Run the flat part of a wire coat hanger over staticky clothes. The wire will attract the electricity and pull it away from the fabric.
4. Touch Grounded Metal
This is a classic tactic for dealing with static buildup. Just touch some sort of grounded metal, and the electricity will discharge leaving you static-free. (The shock may be a little unpleasant, but it’s quick and effective!)
5. Freeze Your Clothes
Put your clothes in the freezer for about 15 minutes before putting them on. The brief time in the freezer will introduce enough moisture to your clothes that it will eliminate any static present.
6. Use Wet Hands
Another simple way to eliminate static is by getting your hands wet and brushing them over your clothes. This method works with most fabrics, but avoid using it when wearing fabrics that don’t respond well to water, such as silk.
7. Use Hairspray
Spray a light amount of hairspray onto your clothes before putting them on. This quick trick works like a charm to eliminate static!