How to stop static cling

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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


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

Things You'll Need

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