How to stop static cling

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How to stop static cling

Static cling is not only irritating, but can be embarrassing as well, especially if you happen to be in a skirt. Cold weather and dry air tend to be factors in this frustrating clothing blunder, making it so that even using a fabric softener in the dryer isn't quite enough. There are several methods for removing static cling that can help immensely, especially if time is a factor.

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Things you need

  • Wire coat hanger
  • Dryer sheet
  • Lotion
  • Spray bottle
  • Aluminium foil
  • Vinegar

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  1. 1

    Run a wire coat hanger up and down the length of the garment and inside of it.

  2. 2

    Place the clothing in the bathroom on a hanger after or while the shower is running and there is plenty of steam. The moisture in the air will get rid of the wrinkles.

  3. 3

    Rub a dryer sheet over the garment to alleviate static cling.

  4. 4

    Rub lotion on your body before putting on the garment. The lotion will help to counter the static.

  5. 5

    Take the clothes out of the dryer before they are completely dry and hang them to air dry while they are still a little damp.

  6. 6

    Put water in a spray bottle and spray it before walking into it while wearing the clothes. The moisture will get rid of the static.

  7. 7

    Pour 1/2 cup of vinegar into the washing machine during the wash cycle. Be sure not to use bleach at the same time as the two do not mix well.

  8. 8

    Place a piece of aluminium foil in the dryer to help avoid static cling from building up while the clothes are drying.

Tips and warnings

  • It helps to air dry synthetics such as nylon and rayon. Synthetic fabrics are the worst for static cling.

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